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March 2002 Director's Welcome


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Ira A. Jackson and Dean Joe Nye1 March 2002

Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends:

March is coming in like a lion at CBG and KSG.  Here's just a top-line taste of recent developments and upcoming events:

  • I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new program at CBG entitled The Weil Program on Collaborative Governance.  This was the result of a generous gift from Frank and Denie Weil, old friends and supporters of the Center.  Larry Summers, Joe Nye, and I will be making a formal and more appropriate announcement about this commitment shortly.  Prof. John Ruggie has agreed to serve as Faculty Chair and he has begun to assemble a first-class group of scholars to dig deeply and distill lessons learned and best practices of what works, what doesn’t, and why in this new frontier of collaboration and governance.  The Weil Program promises to pool together the intellectual resources of our faculty by bridging the world of scholarly inquiry with the world of practice by investigating collaborative approaches and partnerships between business, government, and civil society.  You'll be hearing more about the Weil Program shortly – and regularly.  In the interim, if you want to get involved, please drop John Ruggie or me a note.
  • Intellectual output at CBG has never been greater or more prolific. In addition to scores of published papers in scholarly and professional journals, our faculty continue to publish books on a variety of topics at the cutting-edge of policy concerns:

    -- Asia Program Chair Prof. Tony Saich is out with Governance and Politics of China (Palgrave Press), described by one reviewer as “a compelling and authoritative text which reveals the sinews and tensions of governance and politics in the world's largest nation” and by another as a “lively, readable study of China's profound – and profoundly painful – transition from Mao to market.”
-- Bob Pozen, who recently joined CBG and KSG's faculty after departing as chairman Fidelity Investments, has come out with the 2nd edition (Houghton Mifflin) of The Mutual Fund Business, a comprehensive guide to how this complex and strategically significant $7 trillion industry operates.

-- Jack Donahue and Dean Joe Nye have hit the bookshelves with Governance amid Bigger, Better Markets (Brookings Institutions Press), the latest in the “Visions of Government” series, investigating how the growing scale, reach, complexity, and popular legitimacy of market institutions and market players are re-opening old questions about the role of the public sector and redefining what it means to govern well.

-- And Assistant Prof. Archon Fung weighs in with a provocative look at creative approaches to multinational corporations and how to counter the “race to the bottom” in international labor standards in Can We Put an End to Sweatshops? (co-authored by Dara O'Rourke and Charles Sabel, Beacon Press).
  • Prof. Richard Light has received generous support from Atlantic Philanthropies, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and several investment bankers for his new Young Faculty Leaders Forum – an equivalent of the Rhodes Scholars program for future educational leaders.  Under the umbrella of CBG’s programs on business, government, and education, Dick will bring 32 up-and-coming young educators from America's leading universities twice yearly to explore innovative, nontraditional forms of multi-sector collaboration in education – from accountability and testing to the role of the private sector in the future of education.
  • General interest in the Kennedy School and applications to a wide variety of our graduate programs are at an all-time high. Reflecting, no doubt, the increasing trust and confidence in government post 9/11, applications to our Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program are up 50% for next year’s class.  Applications to our master’s program in international development (MPA/ID) are up even higher.  Applicants look extremely talented and test scores have never been higher.  CBG’s Prof. Bill Hogan, who chairs the School’s doctoral program, tells me that there have been 120 applicants for some 8-10 places, and it looks as though we’ll have to turn away some students who scored triple 800s on their GREs.
  • In tandem with our intellectual research, we’ve got a variety of special events that I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight:

    -- On March 7th here at the Kennedy School, CBG is pleased to welcome Claude Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute, a widely respected authority on international trade, to our biweekly luncheon seminar.  He’ll be speaking on “The Future of the World Trade Organization.” On March 12th, we are thrilled to welcome back to the Center retired Prof. Mike Scherer, speaking on “Regulating Petroleum Pipeline Rates.”  And later in the month, on March 21st, CBG Senior Fellow Bill Overholt will address a CBG lunch seminar on “Economic Reform in Northeast Asia: China and Korea Lead; Japan and Taiwan Lag.”  Please contact Amy Christofer at (617) 496-4624 if you’d like to attend.
-- On March 14th, CBG, the Hauser Center, and the Center for Public Leadership open a two-day conference on the challenges of effective leadership.  “Leadership 2002: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice” will focus on papers submitted by Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HBS, David King and Richard Zeckhauser of KSG, and J. Richard Hackman of Harvard College.

-- We’re keeping our CBG Leadership Council engaged on a wide range of contemporary issues from globalization to social security reform in two separate events.  Dean Joe Nye spoke with our Council just yesterday on “The Paradox of American Power,” based on his newly completed book in which he argues persuasively that the United States must engage in constructive relations worldwide, with both strong and weak nations, in order to ensure its survival. And on March 18th, Bob Pozen will address the Council on issues of Social Security and pension reform, having just completed his service to President Bush on the Commission to Strengthen Social Security.

As always, please contact me if something piques your interest and you’d like to get more deeply involved in our varied endeavors.  I appreciate your support, and look forward to our continued collaboration.

All the best,


Ira A. Jackson, Director

Center for Business and Government

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