While it is nice that you reprinted some of
the op-eds written by KSG community members in your last issue,
you forgot one very important one. Jonathan Moore wrote a brilliant
piece titled, Waging War/Building Peace. It ran in the
Boston Globe on September 22. It was very insightful and articulate.
Moore, by the way, was the director of the IOP for 12 years and
is currently an ambassador to the UN, as well as an associate at
the Joan Shorenstein Center.
Just bringing this to your attention.
We agree that Jonathan Moores op-ed
was an important contribution to the Kennedy Schools discussion
on terrorism. Unfortunately, his article appeared in the Globe
after the Bulletin went to press,
preventing us from including it in the autumn issue.
Hearty congratulations on the autumn 2001 issue of the KSG Bulletin!
In addition to Lory Houghs excellent cover feature on terrorism
in America, I found a number of other stimulating and informative
contributions elsewhere in the issue.
Im working on a book (on incentives to improve education),
and two short
articles in the From the Charles section provided ideas
that I will have to think through and incorporate in it. Professors
Kaplan, Kelman, and Metzenbaums piece on performance management
relates closely to my subject and led me to a document on the KSG
Web site, to which I will make reference, while Visiting Professor
Robert Behns short article on accountability helped crystalize
my thoughts for a chapter on external standards and accountability
in education. Then the note on page 33 about the Ford Foundations
historic grant to the Institute for Government Innovation made me
aware that there is a sister organization operating
in Chile, where I now live.
My Dad used to say that if you got one good, usable idea from a
book, it was a worthwhile read. On that basis, the autumn issue
is a winner! Thanks, and keep it up.
Robert McMeekin MPA 1967, PhD 1973 Santiago, Chile