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Global Policy Studies & International Security

Why The U.S. Is Failing In What It Is Doing

  Walking in a desert, concentrating on the mirage, the wanderer looses sight of what he had set out to do. He walks away from his destination lured by the mirage, embracing fiction than fact. Like the wanderer, the focus of United States foreign policies seemed to have drifted from the path to the mirage. […]

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Health & Social Policy

10 Years and $700 Billion Later, A Step Toward Mental Health Parity

It appears that the media and politicians of both parties can agree on one thing these days: We are surrounded by crisis. One of the most important areas where the system in place is fundamentally broken is the health care system. Oddly enough, it took a different crisis in the economic markets and a financial […]

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Politics and Governance

With a Handshake and a Smile: The Human Aspect of Political Campaigns

Pundits, news anchors and John Centipede Citizen, to borrow a phrase, will all tell you that this is an historic election year for a variety of reasons. For the second time, a presidential nominee has selected a woman as his running mate. We, the voting public, came very close to nominating the first female candidate […]

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Multimedia Politics and Governance

Dialectica Radio: Show Five – The American Political Process

This week on Dialectica: The American Political Process. Host/producer Sean Reyna interviews LBJ Alum Stephanie Chiarello, the Deputy Campaign Manager for State Representative (District 52) candidate Diana Maldonado, and she will be talking about volunteerism. Sean will also be discussing the Iowa caucuses, and Chris Holcomb guest-hosts the program. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114251781%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-vWV3X” params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security Multimedia

Dialectica Radio: Show Four – Defense Acquisition

This week’s host/co-producer Sanjeet Deka and co-producer C.P. Smith examine the ongoing debate facing defense acquisition and procurement. Guests interviewed for the show include: Admiral Bobby Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Former Deputy Director of the CIA; Kenneth Flamm, Professor of Economics and […]

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Health & Social Policy

Re-thinking Poverty

U.S. welfare policy is based on short-term goals; most welfare programs provide short-term assistance but their ability to support upward movement in the labor market is limited. The reason for this is the way poverty is viewed and understood in the United States. For more effective policy we need a thorough understanding of what poverty […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security

Returning Public Services to Public Hands

Before sunrise on November 7, 2005, I joined members of the Observatorio Ciudadano de Servicios Públicos as we erected a blue tent in front of the Palacio de Justicia in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Volunteers readied vote deposit boxes, paper ballots, and signature pages in anticipation of the crowds of people to come. Over the next two […]

A Rational Market?

Who noticed when the titans of finance proclaimed absolute mastery over risk? Who stayed up late at night worrying about the outrageous levels of borrowing needed to feed our profit-hungry investment banks? And who noticed when the markets stopped behaving rationally? Markets are supposed to rely on buyers’ and sellers’ complete understanding of the consequences […]

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Multimedia Politics and Governance

Dialectica Radio: Show Three – Government Transparency

This week on Dialectica: Co-producers Chris Holcomb and Jon Rogers explore the issue of government transparency. Includes interviews with Dr. Gary Chapman of the LBJ School and the 21st Century Project, Damien Brockman of Billhop.com, James Quintero of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and LBJ second-year student (and LBJ Radio Group member) Sean Reyna. [soundcloud […]

Welcome Online Editors

Last week, 7 Online Editors were named to the LBJ Journal of Public Affairs. Please join me in welcoming our new staff: Akram Al-Turk Erin Boeke Burke Beth Casey Garrett Groves Emily Joiner Dianna Long Sameen Siddiqi Together we hope to bring the Online Edition of the LBJ Journal to new heights during the 2008-2009 […]