About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear distinguished speakers talk about the crisis in Syria at The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, one of the nation’s premier political/policy think tanks… which happens to be a ten minute walk from my residential college.
Three panelists and Edward Djerejian, a former US Ambassador to Syria, discussed the Syrian Civil War, its implications, and what can be done about it. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with the audience.
One of the most fantastic things about Rice is how easily students can get plugged into the world if they make the effort. Going to Baker Institute talks and events, whether the topic is Syria or a talk with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (by “a talk,” I mean that someone from The Baker Institute was interviewing him as the audience listened), is an interesting and unique way to learn and think about current events.
I’m looking forward to more Baker Institute events throughout the year.