GWU Issues Management

A blog established for the George Washington University School of Political Management's Issues Management course.

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A middle aged white guy, who likes to think, talk and, too infrequently, write about politics, religion and gadgets.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Teach a man fish

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”— Author unknown.

Today's New York Times describes a Bush Administration intiative on Food Aid. How would you use this policy proposal to advance your position on the Farm Bill?

As you all know, I'm not a big fan of George Bush, but I believe this proposal is one of the most enlightened things he's done as President.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A Prophet without Honour

"A prophet is not without honour, save in His own country, and in His own house." (Matthew 13:54-58)

So, is President Trachtenberg a prophet without honor? GWU has an issue around the decision to make President Trachtenberg the commencement speaker. How would you manage the issue? Who are the audiences that matter? What would your message be, if you were the schools' issues manager?

How do you like President Trachtenberg's message:

"I feel like a virtuous Don Imus," Trachtenberg said yesterday, laughing at the student reaction. "This is great stuff."

Please comment.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Britain and Iran

Since the "anti-Brits" were outnumbered last night, I thought it only fair to share this strong critique of the Britain Iran standoff. Anybody reconsidering their view that Britain prevailed?

I am.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Brits and Iran

You are managing issues for Tony Blair. How do you manage the issue of Iran and the sailors that have been held for the last week or so. Is this appeasement? Did he cave to the Iranians? Won't that encourage further acts of this kind?

Compare and contract the British approach to how the Bush Administration might have handled this issue.