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January 20, 2010: News, Research & Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
The Leadership of George Bush: An Insider's View of the Forty-First President

An Insider's View of the Presidency

As deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs from 1989 to 1992, Roman Popadiuk was closely involved with many of the day-to-day decisions of the George H. W. Bush White House. Join Popadiuk at the Baker Institute on Jan. 27 at 6:00 pm for an insider’s view of the leadership style of the 41st president. Popadiuk will examine how the president’s personal qualities and philosophies influenced a momentous period of shifting domestic, foreign and economic currents.

Now the executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation in College Station, Texas, Popadiuk will be signing copies of his recent book, “The Leadership of George Bush: An Insider's View of the Forty-First President,” after the event.

Hasib Sabbagh Remembered

The Baker Institutes notes with great sadness the passing earlier this month of Hasib Sabbagh, a prominent Palestinian businessman and philanthropist and long-time supporter of the institute.

Sabbagh endowed the institute’s Diana Tamari Sabbagh Chair in Middle Eastern Studies in memory of his late wife. The chair has most recently been held by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, the first woman to hold a seat on the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and by Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, currently president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem.

Born in 1920 in Palestine, Sabbagh was the founder, director and chairman of the CCC Group, one of the Middle East's largest and most highly respected construction companies.

Baker Institute Fellows are the Most Quoted at Rice

Rice University's department of public affairs says the three most-cited Rice University people in the news in 2009 were from the Baker Institute: Amy Myers Jaffe (937 media mentions); Kenneth B. Medlock III (739 media mentions); and Douglas Brinkley (643 media mentions).  The strong showing reflects the institute's commitment to increasing the public's awareness and understanding of public policy issues through efforts that include media interviews.

Baker Institute Blogs on Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti prompted two Baker Institute blog posts. Joe Barnes, the institute's Bonner Means Baker Fellow, discussed why we should open our wallets for earthquake relief, while Mark Jones, Baker Institute Rice scholar and chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University, explained how Haiti's weak and corrupt government compounded the suffering of its people.  

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