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    Lecture: “Observations from Iraq: Implications for the Future”
    September 27th, 2007 under Institute Programs, Iraq. [ Comments: none ]


    Major Andrew Harvey provides an inside look at the Iraqi government from the perspective of a political and military intelligence officer who spent most of 2006 at Camp Victory Baghdad. His presentation — seen before only by a select group of soldiers, businessmen and insiders — will go beyond “benchmarks” to assess where the Maliki government is and is likely to go in the future.





    ARTICLE: University Daily Kansan

     Doctoral student shares experiences in Iraq

     Major Andrew Harvey, a University of Kansas doctoral student, spoke at the Dole Institute of Politics Wednesday night about his experiences in Iraq as a political-military intelligence officer Harvey, who spent the duration of 2006 in Iraq, discussed the results of studies that he participated in to reveal the progress and proposed future of the country.

     He said that Iraq will “fracture” because its government will be too weak in the future and ethnic groups will see its constitution as inefficient.

    harvey.jpg “Iraq will lack a strong government for many years,” Harvey said. “It takes a long, long time.” Harvey discussed the separation of Iraqi people into ethnic groups and how that affects the voting power in Iraq. He also talked about which groups wanted the United States to remain in the country and which didn’t. “Iraq’s problem is that they are fairly new to the idea of running a government in what we call a democratic method,” Harvey said.

    Harvey also spoke about the importance of Iraq’s neighboring countries, especially Turkey. He talked about why the current systems of government, including the Iraqi Parliament, Kurdish Regional Government and Council of Representatives, are failing. He said the court system in Iraq was “in shambles” without written laws, and that the national police were “completely compromised.”

    While Harvey was in Iraq, he assisted in the improvement of the agricultural ministry. His efforts helped double the agricultural output. Jonathan Earle, Interim Director at the Dole Institute, said there was an “absolute hunger” in the local community to talk about the war. “We happen to have people like Harvey on this campus that just got back,” Earle said. “This is something that isn’t going away. It’s going to be here now, six months from now and six months after that.”

    Harvey said that even if U.S. troops could create a completely secure and stable situation in Iraq, it would take a long time for the current leaders to create a functioning system of government. Harvey has been active in the service since 1986, and is working for the Department of Joint and Multinational Operations at Fort Leavenworth. At the University, Harvey is working on his dissertation on the European Union’s development of defense capability.

    — Edited by Elizabeth Cattell

    Civil rights movement pioneer to receive Dole Leadership Prize
    September 26th, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    From the Lawrence Journal-World 

    johnlewis1.jpgU.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, will be the recipient of this year’s Dole Leadership Prize, the Dole Institute of Politics will announce today.

    Lewis was a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was beaten by the police in retaliation for his actions. He was among the leaders of the march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery, an event that would later be recognized as a turning point in the movement.

    “Here’s someone who has every right to be bitter and angry and throw his hands up and say the system doesn’t work, but he didn’t do that,” Dole interim director Jonathan Earle said. “He works through the system to achieve the goals he set out to achieve in the 1960s.”

    It was never an option, Lewis said, to become upset by the system.

    “Someplace along the way I was taught and also came to believe that hate was too heavy a burden to bear,” Lewis said. “The way of peace, of love, of nonviolence is a more excellent way. I didn’t have time to become bitter. I didn’t have time to become hostile.”

    lewis3.gifLewis will receive the prize and give a lecture at the Lied Center on Oct. 21. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available from the Lied Center box office.

    Lewis said in his speech he would try to encourage young people to identify a cause and commit themselves, mind and body, to achieving that cause.

    “Young people need to understand today that we didn’t wait for people to come from some other part of the world to tell us to do one, two, three or a, b, c. We did it ourselves,” he said.

    Earle said Lewis has expressed an interest in visiting with students Oct. 22, but was trying to determine whether that would work with his schedule. Congress is in session when the prize will be presented.

    “I’m deeply honored and appreciative to be receiving this award named for Senator Bob Dole,” Lewis said. “Over the years, now more than 40 years, I’ve tried to do what I could to make our country a better country, a better place.”

    Earle cited several reasons in deciding to award the leadership prize to Lewis.

    lewis4.gif“The first one is his actual heroism in the civil rights movement,” Earle said. “He was someone who was on the front line during some of the bloodiest battles of the civil rights movement.”

    Lewis’ public beating was instrumental in converting Northern whites to the cause of civil rights for blacks, Earle said.

    Earle said it was a privilege to give the leadership prize to Lewis because he’d always looked up to the politician as one of this heroes.

    Previous winners of the Dole prize include former Sen. Howard Baker, who was given the award for 2006; former Polish President Lech Walesa; former New York City Mayor and current presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani; and former Sen. George McGovern. The prize is accompanied by a $25,000 cash award.

    “(Lewis) is going to do a great, old-fashioned, rabble-rousing speech,” Earle said. “This is a real American hero.”

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    Let Taiwan Join the U.N.
    September 18th, 2007 under Senator Dole. [ Comments: none ]

    taiwan.gifBy BOB DOLE
    September 17, 2007; Page A16 - Wall Street Journal

    Tomorrow the United Nations will consider Taiwan’s application for membership. It has formally sought admission every year since 1993, but this year’s application is different.

    First, the country is applying under its own name (”Taiwan”) rather than its official appellation (”Republic of China”). Second, it is applying to the U.N. General Assembly, the organization’s comprehensive body of member nations — despite the rejection of its application this summer by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his legal office. Third, the application may be followed by a national referendum on whether Taiwan should apply for U.N. membership under its own name — a plan that has elicited a sharp rebuke by the Bush administration.

    The U.N.’s lawyers argued that, having transferred China’s seat from Taipei to Beijing in 1971, the U.N. should reject Taiwan’s latest application because Taiwan “for all intents and purposes” is “an integral part of the People’s Republic of China.” Taiwan presents a more compelling legal case: It meets all of the requirements of statehood under law.

    It is already a full and productive member of international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. It has never been a province or part of the local government of the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan’s recent transformation into a modern democratic state supersedes any decades-old determination that gives the PRC a United Nations seat — even as the U.N. failed to determine that Taiwan is part of the PRC or bestow upon it the right to represent Taiwan.

    Taiwan’s political case for U.N. membership is equally strong. It is the 48th most populous country in the world. Its economy is the world’s 16th largest. Its gross national product totals $366 billion, or $16,098 per capita. With $267 billion in foreign exchange reserves, it is one of the world’s three largest creditor states. Taiwan is therefore poised to be a significant contributor to the U.N.’s operations and play a constructive role in the organization.

    Unfortunately, the United States and the other major powers discourage Taiwan in its quest for de jure international recognition of its de facto sovereignty. This is because they do not want to raise the ire of the PRC, which, as a member of the U.N. Security Council, can block any significant U.N. action, and, as a global power, can interfere on a host of issues important to the U.S. and Europe.

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz
    September 13th, 2007 under Fellows Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    schultz.jpgThe Dole Institute of Politics’ Senior Fellow Jennifer Schmidt interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Schultz is the author of Life Happens and ..And His Lovely Wife, about her year on the campaign trail with her husband Sherrod Brown, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from Ohio in 2006.

    Her other awards include the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award, the National Headliners Award, the James Batten Medal, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for social-justice reporting. Her narrative series “The Burden of Innocence,” which chronicled the life of a man wrongly incarcerated for rape, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.


    World Trade Center support beams now at Dole Institute came from Tower One
    September 11th, 2007 under News. [ Comments: none ]

    beams.jpgLAWRENCE — An engineer for the World Trade Center in New York City has identified the original location of two steel support beams now at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas to memorialize the Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    John M. Barson was able to read markings from one column and conclude they originally supported floors 58 to 61 in Tower One.

    “Barton’s keen eye has given the institute’s memorial a new poignancy as we recall the sixth anniversary of that horrible day,” said Jonathan Earle, interim director of the Dole Institute.

    As a memorial to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, the two steel beams flank the world’s largest stained glass American flag at the south end of the Dole Institute’s Hansen Hall.

    After the attacks, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the steel beams to former Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., as a gift of appreciation for his work with President Clinton on the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which provides post-secondary scholarships for the children of Sept. 11 victims.

    The columns appear exactly as they were when they were recovered from ground zero — coated with flame retardant foam, jet fuel and debris.

    Former ambassadors discuss genocide, war
    September 7th, 2007 under Institute Programs, Darfur, Fall 2007. [ Comments: 3 ]


    Opinions differ on ethnic cleansing, not on finding solutions for world issues

    By Sarah Neff - The University Daily Kansan

    darfur.JPGTwo former U.S. ambassadors speaking at the Rober J. Dole Institute of Politics Thursday night had different definitions for genocide, but they agreed that one step in the solution to the problem was for students to form discussion groups to talk about the situation.

    Former Ambassadors Robert Beecroft and Edward Brynn answered questions from students and the Lawrence community last night during a moderated discussion in front of a nearly packed audience.

    Beecroft served as ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2001 to 2006. Brynn served as ambassador to Burkino Faso in western Africa from 1990 to 1993 and Ghana from 1995 to 1998.

    Beecroft suggested that what he called the “CNN Factor” had played a significant role to increase the sensitivity of the international community to genocide.

    “One of the things that can really have an impact is to shed the light of the anger of the people at the top to the instigators of genocide,” Beecroft said. 

    Beecroft said there were two kinds of war: wars of choice and wars of necessity. He said the only war of necessity during the past hundred years was World War II. He said people had to choose their wars carefully and think about the entry strategy as well as the exit strategy. He said there were other ways to end genocide that don’t involve war.

    “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” Beecroft said.

    Both Brynn and Beecroft said that they were impressed with the number of students in attendance, and that they were accustomed to speaking in front of older audiences.

    Brynn and Beecroft agreed that nongovernment organizations such as churches and citizen groups played an influential role in changing the conditions. Beecroft said that those groups were more flexible, adaptive and responsive than government groups. Brynn said the high level of attention to Darfur was due mostly to citizen groups that have forced outside governments to take action. But he said the genocide in the Congo was just as bad if not worse than the genocide in Darfur. He said people paid less attention to the Congo because America doesn’t have the same connections there that it does in Darfur.

    Brynn said the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots played a significant role in the continuing existence of genocide. He said that genocide would continue until there was a redistribution of the world’s resources.

    — Edited by Tara Smithdarfur2a.jpg

    Thompson “the next Reagan?”
    September 6th, 2007 under 2008 Presidential Race, Guest Post, Fred Thompson. [ Comments: none ]

    By Beka Romm - Senior, University of Kansas

    becka.JPGIowans hailed Thompson as “the next Reagan” at Ames, despite his tiny booth manned by two college students and rather paltry showing in the Ames straw poll. Will this romantic view of the former Senator sweep the country?

    Former Dole Institute director and now-campaign manager Bill Lacy seems to think so.

    That’s good, since he’s running the campaign. This article by Time attempts to shed some light on the Thompson-phenomenon, describing him as “all things to all people” and wondering whether he can live up to the expectations.

     But can Thompson live up to the expectations and convince the country, especially the conservative wing of the party so important for getting through the primary, that he’s the one candidate capable of the job? A June 19th poll seems to answer in the affirmative, reporting Thompson as the front-runner among Republican candidates.

     But how real is his lead? Rudy Giuliani trails by only one percent, certainly within the margin of error. But it does say something about Thompson’s appeal, as Rudy has been in the race for months and Thompson has yet to announce his candidacy. Maybe he is the next Reagan… but maybe not. The momentum stirred up in the first few months seems to have slowly seeped away, leaving analysts and political junkies wondering whether Thompson missed his moment.

    The big news this week is his upcoming announcement, set for Thursday texas-straw-poll-showing-adds-growing-momentum-fred-thompson). But as cynics point out, his announcement date was originally set for July 4, then pushed back to Labor Day. Will he actually announce, or will it once again be pushed back? The bottom line: the press is treating him like a real candidate, his “exploratory committee” is functioning like he’s a real candidate. Will the planning translate into a real, strong lead once he announces Thursday? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure in my mind: he better get the wheels back on the pickup truck soon if he wants to accelerate in time for the January primaries.


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