Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,
As Joe Nye's eight-year tenure as KSG Dean draws
to a close we at CBG extend best wishes and full cooperation to
David Ellwood, his successor. As Harvard's President Larry Summers
said at a dinner celebrating Joe's many accomplishments, it is a
mark of a great institution that it has within it one great leader
to succeed another.
The past month again has seen a flurry of activity
at CBG, with faculty, staff, and fellows participating in a variety
of programs and events.
On April 8, The Taiwan Leaders Program sponsored
a conference on the recent presidential election in Taiwan. Randall
Schriver, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and
Pacific Affairs, gave the keynote address, noting that the election
and the controversy surrounding it demonstrated the robustness of
political institutions in Taiwan.
On April 28 CBG Senior Fellows Thomas Healey, Michael
Michael, Jane Nelson, and Robert Steel spoke on corporate governance
and corporate social responsibility at the international advisory
board meeting of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative.
CBG also was well represented at the Dean's Council
Annual Meeting on April 29. Presenters included: Bill Hogan, Lucius
N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration, and Rob
Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, on Economics,
Energy, and the Environment; Senior Fellow and Director of the Corporate
Social Responsibility Initiative, Jane Nelson, on Leadership in
Africa: Prescriptions for Positive Change; Senior Fellows Thomas
Healey, Michael Michael and Robert Steel on corporate governance;
and Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and
Faculty Chair of Asia Programs, as well as Julian Chang, Executive
Director, Asia Programs, on China: Business, Politics and the Future.
Over the weekend of April 30 - May 1, Joe Nye convened
a two-day conference on Decision 2004, looking at how the various
challenges faced by the United States at home and abroad may play
out in this year's presidential election. I chaired a panel on international
perspectives on the election. Panelists included: Kishore Mahbubani,
Singapore Ambassador to the United Nations; Richard Morningstar,
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government
and Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union; and Han Sung-Joo
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ilmin International
Relations Institute at Korea University and Former Foreign Minister
of Korea . They addressed the growing divergence between the United
States and many other countries, coupled with their frustration
at being so profoundly affected by U.S. decisions but unable to
On the same weekend, the Asia Pacific Policy Program
sponsored Asia Vision 21: The US Role in Asia, with the Harvard
Asia Center, addressing America's role in Asia.
Let me also report quickly on two other things.
First, those of you interested in health care issues
may want to have a look at Prof. Mary Ruggie's new book, From Marginal
to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America (Cambridge University
Press paperback). You can take a "virtual book tour" or
read a brief description on the CBG website. Mary is former chair
and professor of Sociology at Columbia University, who now teaches
at the Kennedy School.
Second, on April 28th, I was asked to testify before
the U.S. House of Representatives' International Relations Committee
on "The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: Issues of Accountability
and Transparency". Allegations of mismanagement and corruption
against this program had been escalating rapidly, many of the more
inflammatory charges coming from sources that sought to exploit
whatever real problems there were with the program for their own
political purposes. In my prepared
text, I tried to provide a more dispassionate analysis and perspective.
There were moments of tension at the hearing, especially among the
members themselves, but I am happy to say that I received a polite
reception by Chairman Henry Hyde and the committee.
As you see, April showers have done little to curtail
CBG's active engagement in scholarship and the affairs of the world.
John G. Ruggie
Frank and Denie Weil Director, Center
for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs