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Stephen Brooks: A Three-Hit Game
Two days ago we noted with approval Government Professor Stephen Brooks’ forthright presentation at Monday’s faculty meeting regarding the administration’s failure to keep Dartmouth faculty salaries competitive — a choice which hurts the College in the hunt for top-quality professors. To obtain a more complete sense of Brooks, you might also read a 5,000-word essay that he and his writing and research collaborator, Government Professor William Wohlforth, have just published in Foreign Affairs: The Once and Future Superpower, Why China Won’t Overtake the United States; and you can listen to his May 24 interview on NPR (starting at 13:00), where he discusses some of his recent research findings and analyzes issues such as geopolitical jousting in the Pacific, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the significance of President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. Not a bad week.
Brooks is a prolific scholar (with an h-index of 14). His latest book, also written with Wohlforth, America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century, will be published in July by the Oxford University Press.
Addendum: Brooks’ and Wohlforth’s scholarship has not passed unnoticed. In a column yesterday in the Washington Post, America is still great — but it needs to stay strong, Fareed Zakaria refers to their work:
In a pair of essays, scholars Stephen Brooks and William Wohlforth point out that China is the closest the United States has to a rising rival but only on one measure, gross domestic product. A better, broader measure of economic power, Brooks and Wohlforth argue, is “inclusive wealth.” This is the sum of a nation’s “manufactured capital (roads, buildings, machines and equipment), human capital (skills, education, health) and natural capital (sub-soil resources, ecosystems, the atmosphere).” The United States’ inclusive wealth totaled almost $144 trillion in 2010 — 4½ times China’s $32 trillion.
China is far behind the United States in its ability to add value to goods and create new products. Brooks and Wohlforth note that half of China’s exports are parts imported to China, assembled there and then exported — mostly for Western multinationals. The authors also suggest that payments for intellectual property are a key measure of technological strength. In 2013, China took in less than $1 billion, while the United States received $128 billion. In 2012, America registered seven times as many “triadic” patents — those granted in the United States, Europe and Japan.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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