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July 30, 2012 - News

BY Jason Brooks, Master of Global Policy Studies student
This article originally appeared in National Intelligence Council's blog "Global Trends 2030" on July 23, 2012.

The only thing declining in America is our own faith in our capacity for hard work, innovation and entrepreneurship. America is relatively strong and poised for another surge in ascendancy. However, this is understandably a contested position, so let us consider the notion of American decline. For a nation to be in decline, it should first be assumed that it is in economic or military decline, or both. Second, it should be assumed that said nation is in decline either relative to the rest of the world or some other nation – usually China is held to be the prime contender. Let’s review each of these propositions in turn, beginning with military decline relative to the rest of the world and then relative to China.

July 30, 2012 - News

BY Jeremi Suri, LBJ School Professor
This article originally appeared in National Intelligence Council's blog "Global Trends 2030" on July 23, 2012.

Vienna was the center of European creativity in the years between 1780 and 1914. It was the city of Mozart and Beethoven. No place could rival its music. It was also the city of Klimt and Kokoschka. Vienna pioneered modern art as we know it. In addition, the Austro-Hungarian capital led the new science of psychoanalysis with the work of Sigmund Freud and his many followers in medicine, philosophy and literature. The mix of ethnicities and cultures in this uniquely cosmopolitan nineteenth century city made it a true crucible of innovation and creativity. You can still see and hear the remnants of that long-gone golden age today in the music, the art and the libraries that have outlasted their political masters.

July 30, 2012 - News

BY William C. Inboden, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs

Following last week’s fascinating contributions from Drew Erdmann and his colleagues on urbanization, I will be moderating this week’s blog discussion and its focus on the question of “American decline.” The current draft of Global Trends 2030 describes three possible future scenarios for the state of the world in 2030. As varied as the scenarios are from each other, what all share in common is the assumption that the power of the United States will decline relative to the rest of the globe. These diverse declinist scenarios project a reduction in American power across several domains, including economic and military strength, and diplomatic and cultural influence. They also posit an array of potential actors accruing a greater share of the global power distribution at the expense of the United States, whether from a new superpower hegemon such as China, or the diffusion of power across a broader spectrum of middle powers around the world, or even the transformation of power as non-state and transnational actors take on greater influence in the international arena.

July 27, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Annual Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C.

July 27, 2012 - News

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LBJ School Professor Jeremi Suri will lead a weeklong seminar for K-12 teachers and library educators taking place on The University of Texas at Austin campus beginning July 29.

July 25, 2012 - News

LBJ School faculty members delve into the greater ramifications of the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Health Care Act, immigration and mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders. For state lawmakers and policymakers, the rulings mark just the beginning of what, in some cases, represent major, sweeping changes to state laws and policies.

July 25, 2012 - News

BY Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School Adjunct Professor

The political implications of the Supreme Court’s SB 1070 ruling are a wash as far as the November election is concerned. On the one hand, the President can point to three out of the four provisions being blocked. On the other hand, Romney and the GOP can point to the heart of SB 1070, the “show me your papers” clause, standing intact.

July 25, 2012 - News

BY David Warner, Wilbur J. Cohen Professor in Health and Social Policy

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that changes already implemented will remain and projected changes in availability of insurance, penalties for those who do not obtain coverage, changes in taxes and fees and optional expansion of state Medicaid programs will all proceed as legislated in 2010.

July 25, 2012 - News

BY Michele Deitch, LBJ School Senior Lecturer

The Supreme Court’s welcome decision in Miller v. Alabama, the case dealing with juvenile life without parole, was no surprise to anyone who has been following the Court’s jurisprudence in recent years. Miller is the latest in a line of cases that have ruled, essentially, that children are different from adults and that the criminal justice system must take account of these differences.

July 23, 2012 - News

Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance and a former Texas state representative, shares her thoughts on what voters can expect from the Texas primary election run-offs.

July 23, 2012 - News

The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.

July 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A networking event for LBJ School alumni and students in Washington, D.C.

July 9, 2012 - News

In June 2012, Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, delivered a speech at a colloquium on Chinese-U.S. Relations at an event sponsored by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong.

July 2, 2012 - News

For more than a year, LBJ School Lecturer Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched exactly how and why members of Congress use social media and examined its policy implications and best practices.

To their surprise, they found that the elected officials use social media most often to stake out their positions on issues and not necessarily to campaign or tout their media appearances. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with members of Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible.

June 28, 2012 - News

BY:  Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance

In the Olympic trial that was the June 28 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform won this heat. Just as sports enthusiasts have been waiting with eager anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, many Americans have been waiting for this Supreme Court ruling. Crowds assembled in Washington and across the nation, as the Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

June 27, 2012 - News

In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.

June 22, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:00pm

Hot Talk, the Summer in the City Speaker Series, begins with the first program on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 PM. Each event in the three-part series features a moderator and multiple speakers representing the diverse points of view on the issue at hand. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Austin American-Statesman, and the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

June 20, 2012 - News

We know an industry is in crisis when its top institutions cannot establish stable leadership. That is the case with some of our nation's best public universities today.

When the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia pressured President Teresa Sullivan to resign on June 10, she became the fourth leader of a flagship public university to leave office under a cloud of controversy recently.

The other casualties included the highly respected leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois and the University of Oregon. The president of the University of California at Berkeley has also announced that he will step down in December. Leaders of public universities in other states face equally strong pressures to go. The men and women in these jobs seem to have a target on their backs.


This can't go on.


June 13, 2012 - News

Young social innovators convened in Austin during the past several days as part of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), the flagship social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. At last night’s awards ceremony held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Essmart Global was announced as the winner of the $50,000 grand prize. Essmart Global was selected from five teams for the prize, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who envision, create and implement social innovation projects that help communities around the world.

June 12, 2012 - News

The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.

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