Diplomatic Historian to Lead 'Global Institutions' Project for American Assembly
Francis J. Gavin
Francis J. Gavin, assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public
Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a diplomatic historian
by training, has been appointed as the director of the Next Generation
Project: Creating Better Global Institutions for America. "The project
is a new initiative sponsored by the American Assembly, a national
public affairs forum founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in affiliation
with Columbia University.
The Next Generation Project is designed to stimulate new thinking about
the international institutional framework that has served the United
States for more than 50 years but may need to change to adapt to the
new century's challenges. It will engage the next generation of
emerging U.S. political, academic, professional and civic leaders with
senior experts who have played a role in designing American
international policy. The project will include a series of national
assemblies preceded by regional assemblies across the country, cosponsored by several of the nation's leading public policy
institutions and universities.
"I am very honored to be working on such an exciting project with the
American Assembly, one of the most distinguished public policy forums
in the world," Gavin said. "Calling together the nation's best talent
to study how best to improve both our national and global institutions
is of vital importance to our future prosperity and security."