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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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    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

    Video: Gen. Richard B. Myers delivers the 2007 Dole Lecture
    May 3rd, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    Download link General Richard B. Myers retired as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 1 October, 2005, after serving over 40 years in the US Air Force.  During his term as Chairman, he served as principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. 

    General Myers led the US Armed Forces during a time of great threat to the Nation’s security.  He began his term just a few weeks after the September 11th attacks, and was instrumental in guiding the US strategy for the War on Terrorism.  During his tenure as Chairman, the US led international efforts to topple the Taliban and deny Al Qaida’s safe haven in Afghanistan, and to defeat the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.  He also oversaw the US military’s role in relief efforts for the tsunami that struck the Pacific in December of 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. 

    A native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University,  General Myers also served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He has held command positions at every level, including Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings.  A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hours, General Myers logged more than 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict. 

    His legacy can be found throughout the US Armed Forces and throughout the world:  in the 50 million newly-freed people in Afghanistan and Iraq, in countless lives saved from natural disasters, and in a transformed military better prepared to protect the homeland and meet future threats. 


    NOTE: One of our Institute friends John Donovan has a blog entry of the event.

    Video: Chris Cooper - “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security”
    April 4th, 2007 under Dole Fellows, Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

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    Author and Wall Street Journal Reporter
    “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security”
    Co-authored with Wall Street Journal reporter Bobby Block. In addition
    to the evening lecture, Chris Cooper was the guest speaker for the  
    study group, “The Politics of Disaster,” led by Dole Fellow Scott Morris. 

    Bobby Block co-author, was originally scheduled to deliver this lecture. 


    Video: Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul
    March 30th, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: 1 ]

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    Author & Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

    Humes discussed the national and local debate surrounding evolution vs. intelligent design.

    He lectured at the Dole Institute last November for Veterans Day about his book Over Here: How the GI Bill Transformed the American Dream.
    Humes’ other books include: School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999), and the bestseller Mississippi Mud.

    Mr. Humes a journalist and author of eight works of nonfiction, Edward Humes received the Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the military and a PEN Center USA Award for his groundbreaking book about the children of juvenile court, No Matter How Loud I Shout. His other books include School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999), and the bestseller Mississippi Mud. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and is presently writer-at-large for Los Angeles magazine. His most recent book, Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream, will be published by Harcourt in October 2006. A graduate of Hampshire College, he lives in Southern California. Further information on Humes and his work can be found at www.EdwardHumes.com.

    Blamegame Baloney - Michael Brown and FEMA
    March 28th, 2007 under Interviews, Institute Programs. [ Comments: 5 ]

    Note from Director, Bill Lacy

    The Dole Institute is bringing former FEMA Director Michael Brown to the Institute Wednesday, April 4. I have received some interesting comments about Mr. Brown including an e-mail, anonymous, of course, saying it was appalling that we were paying for him to speak here.

    We rarely pay honoraria at the Dole Institutive–that’s how we do so much on a generous but restricted budget. And we like to feature guests who have something to say. Mr. Brown does. Having spent twenty years in Washington, I know these issues are always more grey than black and white as they usually appear. So regardless of my views of Hurricane Katrina’s handling, I believe Mr. Brown has a right to be heard. Attached is a piece by his attorney, Mr. Andy Lester.

    Come and listen to Mr. Brown’s side of the story…even write a counter piece for the blog if you wish. Advance the debate and enjoy free speech.


    brownfema.jpgBy Andy Lester 

    Media coverage of Katrina was unprecedented. The instantaneous, non-stop reporting of the storm’s wreckage and the plight of those left stranded by it showed contemporary journalism at its best. The myths of Katrina, however, were a different story. Who can forget the rumors reported as fact of widespread rapes, murders, sniper fire at helicopters, police shooting storm victims, and scores of bodies piling up at the Superdome. In the face of a slow government response, the media looked for a scapegoat. Attention turned to Michael Brown, who, it was reported, was a failed former Arabian horse official, who got his job at FEMA from his college roommate, Joe Allbaugh. After Brown misstated on national television when FEMA learned of the people stranded at the Convention Center, and in the face of President Bush’s unfortunate “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” comment, judgment was swift and sure. Michael Brown, the unqualified crony, botched the federal response to Katrina. Across the political spectrum – from National Review to The New Republic, from former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – everyone knows Brown preened while New Orleans sank.

    But it wasn’t true. Yet, while details of media misreporting about muggings, murder and mayhem came to light barely a month after Katrina, the botched coverage of Michael Brown remains grossly underreported. And almost completely unreported is how the White House, after realizing it had a public relations debacle on its hands, has relentlessly ignored the evidence that Brown did precisely what he was supposed to do and continued to press its narrative that Brown is the only federal official responsible for the government’s failures during Katrina. This plan, apparently designed to protect President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, almost worked to perfection. But “Brownie” fought back, violating what Margaret Carlson calls “Washington’s 11th commandment.” Review what happened.

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    Presidential Lecture Series: The 2008 Campaign - Winning the Nomination
    March 1st, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    February 28, 2007 

     David Yepsen, a leading authority on the Iowa caucuses, he writes about state and national politics for the Des Moines Register;
    David Yepsen is the Des Moines Register’s political columnist.  He is graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a masters degree in public administration from Drake University.  He has covered Iowa government and politics for 30 years. Yepsen Blog:  http://blogs.dmregister.com/?cat=33

    Tom Rath, national Republican political strategist  Tom, the founder of the firm and former Attorney General of New Hampshire, has been actively involved in government relations since entering private practice in 1980.  Tom has represented insurance and banking clients before the respective New Hampshire regulatory commissions.  Among others, Tom has represented such clients as Fidelity Investments, Dartmouth College, Anthem and Gilbane on legislative, administrative and government relations issues in New Hampshire, New England and nationally.  Tom also directed the public and government relations efforts for Northeast Utilities in its successful acquisition of Public Service Company of New Hampshire.
    He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be a director of the Legal Services Corporation.  Tom served as the Chairman of the election campaigns of New Hampshire’s former U.S. Senator, Warren Rudman, and current senior U.S. Senator, Judd Gregg and he actively assisted in the U.S. Senate process that confirmed David Souter as Supreme Court Justice.  Tom has served as a senior national advisor to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Lamar Alexander and George W. Bush.  He has been a delegate to the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions and he is the Republican Party National Committeeman for New Hampshire.  Tom is widely respected as a political analyst at both the state and national level and he appears regularly on national, regional and state television newsmaker programs.

    Article: Rath, backing Romney, joins PAC as senior adviser

    Jonathan Epstein, former national Democratic political strategist, lives in Atlanta with his wife Shelley and is President of The Celebrated Hotels Collection, which specializes in customized travel to the UK and Ireland. In mid-2006, after years of deep involvement in politics, Jonathan transitioned out of full-time campaign work but still advises candidates and former colleagues on political strategy.
    For more than three years leading up to the Election Day in 2004, Jonathan worked for Senator John Kerry. First as a senior advisor in the Senate office, then as Political Director for Kerry’s leadership PAC before moving to Iowa to serve as Kerry’s Iowa Caucus Director. As Caucus Director, Jonathan oversaw all field strategy and Kerry’s travel schedule. Jonathan spent the remainder of the campaign managing Kerry’s Georgia Primary victory and as Midwest Regional Political Director.
    His last full time campaign role came as manager to Martin O’Malley in his successful bid to become Governor of Maryland. Prior to his time with Kerry and O’Malley, Jonathan served in senior roles at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, first as Deputy Political Director in the 2000 cycle when Democrats gained five seats in the Senate and in 2002 as Campaign Director, overseeing much of the Committee’s candidate recruitment. Before going to the DSCC at the end of 1999, Jonathan was Political Outreach Director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. His first major role in campaigns came in 1996 when at 21-years old he served as Deputy Finance Director to Max Cleland. Max’s upset victory was a major shift from the 1994 Republican Tidal Wave in Georgia.


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