Former Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67 and Government Professor Barbara Elias Talk International Affairs on ‘Maine Calling’

Barbara Elias Klenner and Laurence Pope ’67

Former Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67, a thirty-one-year Foreign Service veteran, and Assistant Professor of Government Barbara Elias Klenner paired up on the Maine Public Radio call-in program Maine Calling to discuss President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy.

They were joined by Gordon Adams, professor emeritus at the School of International Service, American University, and a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He served as the Senior White House Budget Official for National Security Budgets from 1993 to 1997.

Listen to the Maine Calling program (aired live July 21, 2017).

Monkey Cage: ‘Founding Principles’ Examines Role of the President

Episode Four: The Presidency from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

The president of the United States is frequently referred to as “the leader of the free world” and thought of as the world’s most powerful person, writes Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige.

But to really understand the role of the country’s chief executive, he continued, they key thing to remember is the “structural weakness” inherent in the office of president. Rudalevige was writing in the Washington Post political science blog, The Monkey Cage, which every Tuesday over the summer is publishing an episode of “Founding Principles,” a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works.

The latest episode—the fourth of fifteen—examines Article II of the Constitution, which established the presidency. “The history of the American presidency is the history of how presidents have tried to overcome that structural weakness,” said Rudalevige.

The Pros and Cons of a Nuclear Weapons Ban (War on the Rocks)

Nuclear bomb test. File image

The prospect of a ban on nuclear weapons is causing division within the global community, writes Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Rebecca Gibbons in War on the Rocks, a news site specializing in national security and foreign policy issues.

More than 120 countries, said Gibbons, have spent much of the summer finalizing a treaty that would ban the ownership of a nuclear weapons, arguing that they are “inherently immoral.” However, she continued, “the United States and its allies reject that argument,” contending that such an agreement could undermine a key treaty that serves as “the cornerstone of the global nuclear nonprofileration regime.'”

Rudalevige: If You Don’t like Congress, Blame the Constitution (Monkey Cage)

Founding Principles Chapter Three: Congress from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, reflects on the consistently bad approval ratings scored by Congress in the Washington Post political science blog, The Monkey Cage, asking, “If Congress is so bad, why do we keep so many of its members around for so many years?”

Every week this summer, The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of “Founding Principles,” a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the third of fifteen—explains the role of Congress.