David Black Selected as Delegate to China with American Council of Young Political Leaders


David Black, a Hopkins Governmental Studies graduate student, has been selected by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to China for a 15-day political exchange program beginning on December 3, 2010.

He will join nine other young political and policy leaders from across the United States to study China’s political system, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge professional relationships and friendships.  The program is arranged by ACYPL and made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.  

Recognized by Congress as a pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political leaders and policy makers to international affairs and to each other, ACYPL is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization based in Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1966, ACYPL has, with generous support from the US Department of State, corporations, foundations and individuals, conducted programs and exchanges with 100 countries, producing a global network of over 7,500 alumni. Former ACYPL participants include over 40 sitting members of the US Congress, 6 sitting US governors and ambassadors, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians around the globe. 

Congratulations, David!


Event announcement: Crisis Simulation

Global Security Studies & National Security Studies @ JHU are delighted to officially open registration for our first ever international relations crisis simulation, to be held on January 15, 2011 from, 0900-1600 at the DC Campus.   

Making decisions under conditions of stress and limited knowledge are part of what it takes to be a leader. 

 In the crisis simulation students will be divided into teams representing actors (from the United States, other nations and major international institutions) in an international crisis.  They will be briefed on their role but left to make their own decisions about directions for policy. 

There is no advanced reading required for this exercise.  Registration for the crisis simulation will be on a first come, first served basis.  Participation is free and lunch will be provided.

Participation will count as two symposia credits for the spring (not that anyone cares, right...)  Please RSVP here, if you are interested in participating.



Louis Fisher - On Appreciating Congress: The People’s Branch

Last week, the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies welcomed Louis Fisher to discuss On Appreciating Congress: The People’s Branch, his new book that argues that Congress is critically important to the Republic of the United States and, as a coequal branch of the government, it must not necessarily defer to the supposed expertise of the Judiciary or the capability of the Executive.  Fisher began by developing skepticism about the Executive and Judiciary branches by relating decisions in each branch that certainly did not warrant respect, such as the overturning of legislation passed by Congress that would grant newly freed slaves public accommodation or the decades of Supreme Court case law that denied women equal protection under the law.  To highlight what Congress does well, Fisher addressed the many way in which Congress has been critical to the expansion and maintenance of minority rights.  He cast doubt on the role of the Judiciary as the guardian of minority rights and insisted that Congress has done much more for minorities.  Fisher finished with a spirited engagement with several students’ questions about how Congress could better maintain its power in relation to the other branches.

Louis Fisher is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project.  Over the previous four decades, Fisher has worked for the Congressional Research Service and Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers.  He has countless publications including nineteen books.


The meaning of the 2010 Midterms - A JHU Panel Discussion

by Ariel Roth

Today’s event brought together three retired members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, all known and respected for their moderate politics and commitment to civility.  William Klinger, Tom Davis and Martin Frost, all former committee chairmen were joined by political consultants Charlie Black and Maria Cardona as well as journalists Tim Starks and Rachel Van Dongen.  Rounding out the panel was JHU’s own Robert Guttman, Director of the Center on Politics and Foreign Policy at SAIS. 

 Back row (left to right): Robert Guttman, Charlie Black, Maria Cardona, William Clinger. Front row: Rachel Van Dongen, Tom Davis, Martin Frost, Tim Starks. Moderator: James Norton

After briefly reviewing their take on the significance of the elections, the panelists debated a range of topics including the future of moderates in Congress, campaign finance reform and the ways in which new media have changed the cycle of politics and elections.

In contrast to the bitter tone which passes for political discourse today, the panelists managed to engage in substantive debate- debate which reflected legitimate disagreements over the direction of policy- while maintaining a courteous disposition towards each other.  More interesting, perhaps, was the extent of agreement between erstwhile political rivals.  Davis and Frost both agreed on the problematic nature of campaign finance reform laws as well the ill conceived oversight structure of the Department of Homeland Security.  

James Norton, a former Bush administration official and a faculty member in Governmental Studies at AAP moderated the panel and directed the Q & A.  James in particular has our gratitude for recruiting the panelists and giving us all the chance to learn from practitioners and scholars alike.

Pictures here


View Live Feed of Midterm Election Campaign Analysis

You can go to to view a live feed of this morning's Midterm Election Campaign Analysis panel.  Click here to see the event flyer.

The event will be moderated by AAP professor James Norton.  Panelists are:

The Honorable Martin Frost (D-TX)  Former Chairman of Democratic National Campaign Committee, former ranking member House Rules Committee

The Honorable Tom Davis (R-VA)  Former Chairman of National Republican Congressional Committee, former Chairman of House Government Reform and Oversight Committee

The Honorable William F. Clinger, Jr. (R-PA)  Former Chairman of House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Senior Resident Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies

Mr. Charlie Black  Chairman Prime Policy Group, Republican Campaign Strategist, Senator John McCain’s Presidential Campaign Senior advisor

Ms. Maria Cardona  Principal, Dewey Square Group, Democratic Campaign Strategist, President Bill Clinton’s Presidential Campaign consultant

Mr. Tim Starks  Senior Intelligence and Homeland Security Reporter, Congressional Quarterly

Ms. Rachel Van Dongen 
Editor, by The Washington Post

Mr. Robert Guttman, Director, Center on Politics and Foreign Relations.