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May 16, 2012: News, Research and Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Baker Institute Update: Summer 2012, U.S.-Turkey relations
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Baker Institute fellows and scholars travel around the world for summer research

Graduation is over at Rice University and most students have left for the summer.
But that doesn't mean school is completely out. As the interactive map above illustrates, summer is a prime time for Baker Institute fellows and scholars interested in researching and connecting with colleagues outside of the classroom and around the world.
Over the next three months, our fellows and scholars will crisscross the United States, visiting San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York. Their global footprint will be even more impressive — trips are planned to Turkey, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Mexico, China and many other countries.
In some cases, scholars and fellows will attend conferences and programs; in other cases, they will be networking for future collaborations. Some will also be conducting research for future projects.

"I am going to Japan to present at a stem cell conference to give our stem cell policy program and the Baker Institute more visibility, as well as to build foundations for future collaborations," said Baker Institute science and technology policy fellow Kirstin Matthews. "The summer is a really good time for me to focus on research because, unlike the rest of the year, I'm not teaching classes."
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Ambassador Djerejian participates in Council on Foreign Relations report on U.S.-Turkey relations

Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian is part of an independent Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)-sponsored task force calling for improved U.S.-Turkey relations.

In its May 2012 report titled "U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership," the task force advocates for a relationship that reflects "not only common American-Turkish interests, but also Turkey's new stature as an economically and politically successful country with a new role to play in a changing Middle East."

Djerejian was one of 23 experts asked to participate in the task force. The group is chaired by former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright, who is also an ex officio member of the Baker Institute advisory board, and former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, and is directed by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Upcoming Events
  • International Space Medicine Summit 2012. Physicians and biomedical scientists gather to discuss space medicine research at this annual conference organized by the Baker Institute and Baylor College of Medicine. May 18 at 8:30 am
  • A Conversation with His Excellency Ron Prosor. His Excellency Ron Prosor, permanent representative of the State of Israel to the United Nations, speaks at the Baker Institute. May 30 at 6:00 pm
  • Europe at a Crossroads: The Case of Portugal. His Excellency Paulo Portas, minister of foreign affairs of the Portuguese Republic, gives a lecture to the Baker Institute Energy Forum at Rice University's Duncan Hall. June 7 at 4:00 pm
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our events page.

Research and News
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Baker Institute Blog
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Recent Webcasts
  • The Geopolitics of Gas Discoveries in Israel. His Excellency Uzi Landau, minister of energy and water resources for the State of Israel, discusses the significance of the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas discoveries in the current regional context. May 2
For a complete list, visit our webcast page.

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