President Bush, his senior advisers, and some foreign policy specialists have advocated a unilateral approach to foreign policy. Americans, however, have long supported a multilateral approach to foreign policy that relies on collaboration with the United Nations and other countries.Ben Page, Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University, discussed the growing gap between the Bush Administration and the American public on issues of foreign policy. He was joined by former Vice President Walter F. Mondale. Dean Brian Atwood moderated.
Benjamin I. Page is the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the political science department at Northwestern University and an associate of the Institute for Policy Research. He has a B.A. in history (Stanford), a JD in law (Harvard), and a Ph.D. in political science (Stanford), and has done postdoctoral work in economics at Harvard and MIT. Page previously taught at Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and the University of Texas (Austin). He has been a fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Page is best known for his research on U.S. public opinion, for which he won the AAPOR “exceptionally distinguished achievement” award; he also works on U.S. foreign policy, the mass media, inequality, and American politics and policy making generally. His most recent book (with Marshall M. Bouton) is The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders but Don’t Get. He is also author or coauthor of the prize-winning book The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans’ Policy Preferences (with Robert Y. Shapiro), and of What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality (with James R. Simmons); Who Deliberates?; Who Gets What from Government; The Struggle for Democracy (with Edward Greenberg) and several other books, along with numerous scholarly articles, including “What Moves Public Opinion?” and “Effects of Public Opinion on Policy,” both in the American Political Science Review.
Walter Mondale’s record of public service includes Vice President of the United States, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senator and Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. He was also the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in 1984. He is currently Senior Counsel with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. In March 1998, serving as President Clinton’s special envoy, Mondale traveled to Indonesia to meet with then-President Suharto regarding the Asian financial crisis and economic reforms in Indonesia. During his 12 years as a Senator, Mondale served on the Finance Committee, the Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Budget Committee and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He also served as the chairman of the Select Committee on Equal Education Opportunity and as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee’s Domestic Task Force.
Mondale currently serves on the executive committee of the Peace Prize Forum, an annual conference co-sponsored by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and five Midwestern colleges of Norwegian heritage. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale was a Distinguished University Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. In 1990, he established the Mondale Policy Forum at the Humphrey School to bring together leading scholars and policymakers for conferences on domestic and international issues. From 1986 until his appointment as Ambassador in 1993, Mondale served as chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that conducts non-partisan international programs to help maintain and strengthen democratic institutions. Mondale has authored the book, The Accountability of Power: Toward a Responsible Presidency, and has written numerous articles on domestic and international issues.
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The Bush Administration vs. the American Public on Issues of Multilateralism and Cooperation.
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