Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Bush and the World of Ideas

One of the main criticisms leveled against President Bush is that he is out of touch with the world of ideas. He supposedly doesn't read (he does, but does that even need to be said?) nor is his staff receptive to outside ideas. This Washington Post article describes the newly created Office of Strategic Initiative (OSI) who's stated purpose is to do historical research and interact with various thinkers in order to keep the president informed. While the office only has six staff members, they strive to identify historical and intellectual trends that the president should be aware of when making decisions.
I note from reading this article that such an office never existed before the current Bush administration. While some, no doubt, will look at Bush as needing someone to "think" for him, the creation of this office was arguably a good thing since the president can not keep up with current, let alone past, intellectual trends in the various disciplines.
On a side note, I'll be graduating soon. Think they need an IR specialist? Hmmm...


Blogger dundare said...

Are you getting a BA, MA, or PhD?

December 14, 2004 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger NetRealist said...

MSIR specializing in security studies. I've decided not to pursue my Ph.D. at this time. I'm not sure the benefit justifies the cost right now. If you wrote about job prospects for IR grad students over at your blog, I would be glad to read it. :)

December 14, 2004 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger dundare said...

Heh, I do not know about the prospects for anyone but me. I got an instructor position while I am still ABD. I will be leaving it in the spring to move wherever my wife gets a job (PhD in sciences). At that point, I will make a good test case. Soon to be minted PhD looking for a job in a narrow geographical area - yech.

December 15, 2004 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger NetRealist said...

Hmmm... when I mentioned job prospects, I was meaning in general and outside the academy. I'm always interested to hear how people convert their degrees into something useful (meaning not just teaching) as I will soon be doing with mine. Er, I hope.

December 16, 2004 at 11:41 AM  

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