I would rather have Lincoln Chafee on board our team as a Distinguished Scholar at the New America Foundation, but Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies beat us. (We have Gary Hart with us. Maybe we can arrange a sharing agreement?)
Starting in January 2007, Senator Chafee — a Brown alum — will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute — and this blogger highly recommends that students, donors, academics, staff soak up what the Senator has to say about America’s shaky standing in the world, missteps in the Middle East, and the need to invest in some serious “constructive” revamping and improvement of our key international institutions.
Last night, when I attended a truly star-studded evening of experience-sobered and globally concerned realists at the Nixon Center‘s Distinguished Service Awards Dinner, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft reflected on the complexity of real challenges today and the pettiness of politics and stated “if we did not have the United Nations today, we could not build one.”
More on this later — but Scowcroftism (which David Frum has derided in the past) and Chafeeism are clearly what this country needs more of.
— Steve Clemons