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HKS in the News, June 26, 2012

1. A Fresh Look at Oil's Long Goodbye (Maugeri)

2. Egypt’s president is U.S. critic, but he could be an ally (Masoud) Washington Post

3. Involve Universities in GMOs Study (Juma) All Africa

4. School stampede highlights Vietnam education woes (Wilkinson) Associated Press

A Fresh Look at Oil's Long Goodbye

June 25

Quoted: Leonardo Maugeri, Belfer Center

Topic: New report on rising oil production

The research is also cited in an article in The Wall Street Journal.

My bedtime reading tonight is “Oil: The Next Revolution – The unprecedented upsurge of oil production capacity and what it means for the world.” This mind-bending report points to a prolonged period of rising oil production, particularly in the United States (for reasons laid out below), and a potential collapse in oil prices, with all kinds of implications for security, international politics, the economy and, without doubt, climate.

The report is written by Leonardo Maugeri, a top oil company executive from Italy who is currently a research fellow at the Geopolitics of Energy Project of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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Egypt’s president is U.S. critic, but he could be an ally

Washington Post

June 25

Quoted: Tarek Masoud

Topic: Egypt's president-elect

CAIRO — At first glance, Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi might appear like a nightmare for Washington’s interests in the region. The low-key Islamist has spoken vitriolically about American policy in the Middle East, refers to Israelis as “tyrants” and has expressed doubts that the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out by terrorists....

Still, questions remain about Morsi’s long-term dependability as a U.S. ally.

Key among them are the extent of his powers — which Egypt’s ruling generals recently curbed — and the degree to which he will be beholden to the Brotherhood’s secretive leaders.

“Is Mohamed Morsi the president of Egypt, or does the Muslim Brotherhood hold the presidency,” asked Tarek Masoud, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University who has met Morsi several times.

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Involve Universities in GMOs Study

All Africa

June 25

Quoted: Calestous Juma, Belfer Center

Topic: Encouraging the study of genetically modified foods in Africa

A VISITING professor from the United States Calestous Juma has urged the Zambian Government to engage local universities in the study of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO's).

Prof Juma from Harvard Kennedy School of Government said in Lusaka yesterday that it was important that the Government engaged universities in the study of genetically modified foods, saying advantages outweighed the disadvantages....

Prof Juma said the government should engage universities to carry out studies on GMO's other than engaging activists who had agendas.

He said there were over 30 countries world over that were engaged in growing GMOs including the United States (US), Canada, China, The Phillipines and South Africa (SA).

"There are a number of countries that are currently engaged in BIO agriculture and there is evidence that there are a number of benefits than disadvantages. To give an example, when mobile phones were introduced in 1983 in the United States, there were misgivings but they were discovered that they had a number of benefits. "And so if people had given up, we would not have."

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School stampede highlights Vietnam education woes

Associated Press

June 26

Quoted: Ben Wilkinson, Vietnam Program

Topic: Educational challenges in Vietnam

...As Vietnam's annual growth rate holds at 6 percent despite having one of Asia's highest inflation rates and an economy burdened by stagnant state-owned companies, analysts say the education crisis threatens to stunt the domestic work force and further hinder the country's development.

Intel, the world's largest computer chipmaker, has struggled to recruit skilled workers for its manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, researchers from Harvard University's Kennedy School have said.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has said Vietnam's "human resource infrastructure" does not support its rising education demands, and the Harvard researchers say reform in the country's higher education system has been "glacial" since it embarked on economic reforms and liberalization in the mid-1980s.

Although Vietnam invests more on education as a percentage of gross domestic product than many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the researchers say, the problem is less about lack of investment than a failure of governance.

"The government is keenly aware that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the current state of the education system, among economic and political elites as well as at the popular level," said Ben Wilkinson, co-author of a critical 2008 report and associate director of the Kennedy School's Vietnam Program in Ho Chi Minh City. He added that it's too early to tell what effect the migration of students to overseas universities will have on the country's future.

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Broadcast Notes

David Gergen, Center for Public Leadership
CNN, “Newsroom,” 6/25
Topic: Pending Supreme Court decision on health care reform law

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