April 12, 2017: In this edition
Israel, Syria and the Larger Middle East: From Rabin to the Present
More than two decades after his assassination, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin remains an enduring symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At an event hosted by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East, His Excellency Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and one of Rabin’s closest aides, discussed the prime minister's life as recounted in his newly released book "Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman."
After an introduction by the Honorable James A. Baker, III, Rabinovich joined Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian (pictured above) for a conversation that ranged from Rabin’s extraordinary strategic ability to his unique trajectory in Israeli politics. Although Rabin advanced Israel’s interests during his first term as prime minister — rebuilding the Israeli Defense Forces and the country’s economy, for example — he encountered political setbacks and resigned in 1977. “Failed leaders are not often given a second chance,” Rabinovich said. “But Rabin knew that he was there for a purpose, and he was determined to use the office [of prime minister] to change the agenda.”
After serving as minister of defense through the 1980s, Rabin was reelected prime minister in 1992. According to Rabinovich, it was during this final term that Rabin “evolved into statesmanship.” The years before his assassination were characterized by his efforts to achieve peace with Syria and the Palestinians.
Today, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are proving hard to revive, but “steps should be taken to keep the option of a two-state solution alive,” said Rabinovich.
This event was generously supported by the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Endowment for Middle East Peace in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin.
To view the full video of the event, click here.
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Roundtable Young Professionals host screening "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
On March 29, the Baker Institute Roundtable Young Professionals partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for a special presentation of Ang Lee’s latest film “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Ambassador Edward Djerejian introduced the movie, and a Q&A session with Fountain followed the screening.
RYP members enjoyed a reception in the museum galleries prior to the film. Sean Cowan, a member of the RYP advisory committee, noted that the organization "has much more substantive programming than any other young professional association I’m involved with. There are more compelling conversations and topics than are easily found in the social realm of the average 20-something.”
Cowan highlighted November’s Election Night Watch Party as being among the most memorable RYP events. “We were sitting at tables talking about politics in a substantive way that wasn't incredibly polarizing.”
If you’re interested in joining the Roundtable Young Professionals, please contact assistant development officer Emily Kinkaid (713.348.5191 or email@example.com).
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- Leadership and Compassion: A Discussion with Marguerite Barankitse. The Baker Institute awards humanitarian Marguerite Barankitse with the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership for her commitment to the prevention of violence and genocide and to the stabilization of Burundi, now and in the future. April 13 | 6 pm
- The Gatekeepers: James A. Baker, III With Author Chris Whipple on the White House Chiefs of Staff. James A. Baker, III, chief of staff to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, joins author Chris Whipple for a conversation about the unique fraternity of White House chiefs of staff and his former role at the White House. April 19 | 6:30 pm
- Entrepreneurship is not living up to its growth potential. Is government to blame? The Baker Institute McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, together with the Manhattan Institute and the Adam Smith Society, hosts a debate on the major issues surrounding the government's role in fostering entrepreneurship. April 24 | 6:30 pm
- Innovation in Education. The Baker Institute, together with the MIT Enterprise Forum and Texas A&M University, co-hosts an international panel on innovation in STEM education. April 26 | 10 am
- Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor Amid Wealth. Peter J. Hotez, fellow in disease and poverty, discusses his latest book, which calls for crafting public policy and global partnerships to control or eliminate some of the world’s worst poverty-related illnesses. April 27 | 6:30 pm
- Opportunities for U.S. Companies Under Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 Plan. Mike Hankey, U.S. consul general in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, discusses the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan and suggests ways in which U.S. firms can benefit. May 2 | 6 pm
- Delivering Health Care When Future Health Policy Is Unpredictable. Representatives from three entities that treat patients and serve the insured and the uninsured discuss the challenges they have faced under Obamacare, as well as their concerns for the future of health care delivery in the U.S. May 5 | 7:30 am
- Pemex's Strategy and Mexico's Energy Reform: Looking Ahead. José Antonio González, CEO of Pemex, presents the company's overall strategy to take advantage of opportunities presented by Mexico's recent energy reform and discusses the future of Mexico’s petroleum industry. May 3 | 4:30 pm
- Uncertain Partners: U.S.-Mexico Relations Under the Trump Administration. At this conference sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center and Red Global MX, leading authorities in the fields of immigration, trade, border issues and binational cooperation discuss their research findings and the way forward for U.S.-Mexico relations. May 9 | 6:30 pm
- RYP Spring Mixer and Book Signing with Author Philip Caputo. Join the Baker Institute Roundtable Young Professionals for their spring mixer at Under the Volcano, followed by a reading and book signing with best-selling author Philip Caputo at Brazos Bookstore. May 15 | 5 pm
For a complete list, visit our event page.
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Research and News
- The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election: A Study of Harris County and Congressional District 23, by Mark P. Jones, fellow in political science and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies; Renée Cross, University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs; and Jim Granato, University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. April 10
- Science and America's Greatness, by Peter J. Hotez, fellow in disease and poverty. April 7
- Coordination of the Regulators of the Hydrocarbon Sector: Is It Optimal for the Rule of Law? by Miriam Grunstein, nonresident scholar, Mexico Center. April 5
- Iran’s Looming Water Bankruptcy, by Gabriel B. Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs. April 4
- Innovation as an Imperative for the Mexican Oil Industry Post Energy Reform, by Javier Martínez-Romero, visiting scholar, Mexico Center. April 3
- Response to fake weed must focus on public health, by Katharine A. Neill, Alfred C. Glassell, III, Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy. March 30
- Will The Trump Administration Spur US Oil & Gas Development? by Anna Mikulska, nonresident scholar, Center for Energy Studies, and Michael Maher, senior program advisor, Center for Energy Studies. March 29
- Women and Political Leadership in an Authoritarian Context: A Case Study of the Sixth Parliament in the Islamic Republic of Iran, by Valentine M. Moghadam, nonresident fellow, Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, and Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy, Inc. March 29
- Explaining divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring: The significance of gender and women’s mobilizations, by Valentine M. Moghadam, nonresident fellow, Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program. March 29
- Rethinking the China-US-Russian Relationship, by Steven W. Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow and director, China Studies Program; and Jackson Neagli, student intern. March 28
- Working Paper Decomposing Crude Price Differentials: Domestic Shipping Constraints or the Crude Oil Export Ban?, by Mark Agerton, graduate fellow, Center for Energy Studies, and Gregory B. Upton Jr., assistant professor, Louisiana State University. March 24
- Washington Tips the Balance, by Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies. March 24
- Comparing Utilization and Costs of Care in Freestanding Emergency Departments, Hospital Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Centers, by Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director, Center for Health and Biosciences, et al. March 23
- Trade Liberalization in Brazil: When and How? by Pedro da Motta Veiga, nonresident fellow, Latin America Initiative. March 21
- The New Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Mexican Electrical Sector: Possibilities of Inclusion of Small and Medium-sized Companies, by Ana Lilia Moreno González, Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo A.C. March 21
For a complete list, visit our research library.