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Monday
Jan312011

Governmental Studies Alum Sarah Lovenheim's article on Washington Post blog

Sarah Lovenheim, a Spring 2010 graduate of the MA in Government Program, published a recent blog in the Washington Post's Post Partisan site, on the crisis in Egypt.  The blog is based on research derived from her masters thesis.

  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/last_fall_i_bookmarked_egyptia.html.

Thursday
Jan272011

JHU Advanced Academic Programs closed today

We hope you all are enjoying the snow!  Johns Hopkins has canceled classes today.  This closure applies to the Washington, DC Advanced Academic Programs campus, including all Governmental Studies classes.  

See you all next week for the first day of your Wednesday and Thursday classes.

 

Wednesday
Jan192011

Crisis Simulation report

The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies held its first ever crisis simulation this past Saturday.  The event, meant to simulate the lead up to the 1967 Mideast War, saw a group of 30 students divided into teams representing Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, USSR, USA, Britain and the United Nations. 

Throughout the day, students engaged in diplomacy, both overt and covert, shuttled to and from meetings of the UN Security Council, briefed the press, leaked stories and negotiated alliances.

In the end, the Government and GSS students in the simulation managed to avoid war- or rather, managed to delay it longer than the nations involved did at the time.  This was due, in the main, to the efforts of our UN Secretary General, Devon Hardy (GSS) who dragged her feet on withdrawing a peacekeeping force from the Sinai.  With neither the Israelis nor the Egyptians willing to shoot at or over the “Blue Helmets,” the drive to war was significantly slowed. 

Dan Price and Nick Iorio (far left) planning with the Israeli delegation (Jhonna Schupp, Nick Kesler and Richard Davis)

Also deserving special mention are the actions of the British delegation, students Nick Iorio and Dan Price.  The British, in complete secrecy, facilitated meetings between the Israelis and the Jordanians and brokered the play by which Jordan would both save face in the Arab world by joining the Egyptian-Syrian coalition while keeping its heavy weapons far away from Israel as a gesture of non-belligerence.  The late King Hussein would have been proud! If he had managed a similar deal, he might not have lost half his kingdom in June, 1967.

Everyone in the simulation did a great job and our external facilitator, Mara Karlin, was very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication that our students displayed.  By the end of the day, several important lessons emerged.  For example, making decisions with imperfect information is both dangerous and frustrating.  And as difficult as it was to find common interests with other delegations, the dynamics of cooperation within your own team could be as great of a barrier to effective diplomacy.  Participants-- please do post your thoughts on the day's events.

Great job everyone! More pictures are here.  And you can see the original event announcment here.

Tuesday
Jan112011

Governmental Studies Student and Alumni Happy Hour Tuesday January 18

MA in Government and MA in Global Security Studies Students and Alumni,

Please join us for:

A HAPPY HOUR (with free appetizers and 1/2 priced Martinis, as well as specials on beer and wine!)

Tuesday, January 18
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lounge 201 (www.lounge201.com)
201 Massachusetts Avenue, Northeast
Washington D.C., DC 20002

Beat the winter blues, do some networking, and gear up for the new semester.  Please RSVP to Nicole (ncosey1@jhu.edu) by Tuesday morning, January 18.  We hope to see you there! 

Friday
Jan072011

New paper published by Professor Paul Weinstein

Professor Paul Weinstein recently published "Expanding Opportunities for Informed Participation in Public Policy."  The paper is available here, and more information about the Occasional Papers in Science and Technology Policy series can be found here.

Many of you have taken Professor Weinstein's courses on various aspects of public policy, and will enjoy this paper's perspective on how policy ideas that originate in the public--among stakeholders of a policy, or in an academic community--can practically be used to inform actual policy decisions in the executive branch.

Paul Weinstein has served two presidential administrations, including spending eight years at the White House.  He is currently the senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. He formerly served as chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council and as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration.