Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Book Launch and Reception for "Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs: Finding Common Cause."

March 25th, 2015
3:00 PM

Location
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

Please join us for the book launch of Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs: Finding Common Cause (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), by Dr. Abraham F. Lowenthal, USC, and Mariano E. Bertucci, CIPR, Tulane. RSVP requested.

Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs shows how to build mutually beneficial connections between the worlds of ideas and action, analysis and policy. Drawing on contributions from top international scholars with policy experience as well as senior policymakers, Lowenthal and Bertucci make the case that scholars can both strengthen their research and contribute to improved policies while protecting academia from the risks of active participation in the policy process. Many scholars believe that policymakers are more interested in processes and outcomes than in understanding causality. Many policymakers believe that scholars are absorved in abstract and self-referential debates and that they are primarily focused on crafting theories rather than developing solutions to pressing policy issues.

The book’s contributors discuss how these obstacles can be overcome. Case studies illustrate how scholars have helped reduce income inequality, promote democratic governance, and enhance inter-American cooperation. These success stories are balanced by studies on why academic analysts have had little positive impact on counternarcotics and citizen security policies. The conclusion identifies best practices and provides concrete recommendations to established scholars, junior faculty and graduate students, as well as to senior university officials, academic departments and centers and think tanks.

Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor emeritus of the University of Southern California and president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy, was founding director of both the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. Mariano E. Bertucci is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University.

To RSVP or for more information contact cipr@tulane.edu or visit CIPR’s website.

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