President Bush Mentors Students

January 16, 2009

Bush School students from Dr. Charles Hermann’s class on international politics participated in a foreign affairs simulation during the fall semester which culminated in a presentation to President George H. W. Bush. Eight student teams representing the Asian Development Bank and seven U.S. executive branch agencies (National Security Council, the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) made their recommendations on U.S. policy toward Pakistan.

President George H. W. Bush with studentsAt the beginning of the exercise, faculty members Sharon Caudle, Christopher Layne, and Gina Reinhardt joined Professor Hermann in portraying members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. One student from each agency team presented its recommendations and responded to the senators’ questions. Other class members took on the role of the media, developing reports for the public.
Later in the exercise, the teams made their presentations to President George H. W. Bush, who again questioned the students and commented on their various recommendations.

“The opportunity for our students to make this kind of presentation on a real-world issue to a man of President Bush’s experience is remarkable,” said Hermann. “President Bush generously shares his time and his wide-ranging knowledge of foreign affairs with the students, and at the same time, helps them appreciate the complexity of the issue they are dealing with.”

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