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February 14, 2007

The Bush Administration vs. the American Public

The Bush Administration vs. the American Public on issues of Multilateralism and Cooperation

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale and Professor Benjamin Page, Northwestern University

Thursday, February 22, 2007
10:00am – 11:30am
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
301 19^th Ave S., Minneapolis
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

President Bush, his senior advisers, and some foreign policy specialists have advocated a unilateral approach to foreign policy. Americans, however, have long supported a multilateral approach to foreign policy that relies on collaboration with the United Nations and other countries.

Ben Page, Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University, will discuss the growing gap between the Bush Administration and the American public on issues of foreign policy. He will be joined by former Vice President Walter F. Mondale. Dean Brian Atwood will moderate.

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance works to develop practical solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. CSPG provides non-partisan research and forums to foster more effective and efficient governance, increase the transparency of government processes, and rebuild public trust in order to counteract negative influences that threaten our democracy.

The event is free and open to the public.

To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email cspg (at) umn.edu.

February 12, 2007

Welcome the Year of the Boar!

Want to learn more about the Chinese New Year Holiday? Let's welcome the Year of the Boar together!

Please, join the Global Policy Forum for an informal discussion with Yujie Bao, a second year MPP student at the Humphrey Institute about the Chinese New Year Holiday. All Chinese and non-Chinese students are welcome!

WHAT: Discussion about the Chinese New Year Holiday
WHEN: Feb 15 (Thursday), 12:45pm - 2pm
WHERE: 173 Stassen Room, Humphrey Center.

See you all there! We will try to provide some Chinese dish too :)

February 1, 2007

Brown Bag Lunch of the Global Policy Forum

Please, join us for an informal brown bag lunch of the Global Policy Forum and learn how you can meet interesting people from around the world, share interesting ideas on foreign policy and global issues, and improve your presentation skills.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 6th (12pm - 12.45pm)
WHERE: Jernberg Lounge, Humphrey Center
WHO: You
WHAT: Informal Brown Bag Lunch of the Global Policy Forum

Cannot make it? Please, send me an e-mail, post on our blog, or we can meet when it is convenient for you. Other issues, ideas, concerns are also very welcome.

Global Policy Forum is an informal organization of students at the University of Minnesota (mostly from the Humphrey Institute) who are interested in global issues. We meet on a regular basis and share our experience about living and working abroad. We also talk about internships, different countries, present some interesting research and ideas on global issues; or chat about blogging and how to get the newsfeeds that we need :)

Participation in the Global Policy Forum is a great opportunity to gain organization and presentation experience. There is no formal structure, no president or secretary (like PASA), so everyone with ideas and enthusiasm is very welcome in the way that you see yourself. We also have a blog, so feel free to post your ideas (just send me an e-mail to grant you rights if you don't receive our newsletter, a little formality against spam:). Finally, we have had great cooperation with the Humphrey Institute Fellows, PASA Diversity Committee, HHH Career Office, the MPA Program, so it's a great networking experience. If you have interesting ideas, you can also get funding for your Global Policy Forum project on international issues through the ISSS. And this is only part of the fun.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, 12pm in Jernberg!


Who is Corrupt in China?

WHEN: Tuesday February 6, 12:45 - 2:00 pm
WHERE: 170 HHH - Stassen Room, West Bank Campus
WHO: Professor Yijiang Wang, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
WHAT: Workshop on Global Policy: Who is Corrupt in China?

In many reports China is now ranked one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Who in China is corrupt and to what extent? In this quantitative study Professor Wang finds that age, gender, level of education, location and sector of work, rank in governmental hierarchy, etc., are all factors determining the likelihood and degree of corruption. The broad spectrum of determinants have a common link, however: Greater unchecked power and control of resources lead to increased likelihood and more severe corruption.

Organized by the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. All are welcome! Beverages will be served