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September 11, 2013, Bruce Herschensohn, Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy, will once again be hosting the annual U.S. Foreign Policy Roundtable sessions this fall. Sessions begin this Thursday, September 12th, for a series of 12 Thursdays, concluding on December 5, 2013. Discussions focusing on various current events are open to all students and the Pepperdine community. An RSVP Is required. RSVP information and more about this event.

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ABC 7 Los Angeles, December 18, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, appeared on ABC 7 Los Angeles evening news wherein he commented on U.S. response to the Sony hacking attacks. Watch the video.

The Sacramento Bee, December 17, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article "Brown Aims at Retiree Care Costs," wherein he comments on what California Governor Jerry Brown may do in response to the announcement that that the state's unfunded liability for health benefits for retirees is in excess of $72 billion dollars. Read the article.

December 8, 2014, Angela Hawken, associate professor of public policy and James Q. Wilson Fellow, will be speaking at the New York University Urban Seminar on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Hawken will be speaking about BetaGov, an organization that removes the barriers to conducting rigorous randomized control trials of policies and practices and seeks to make these assessments the norm rather than the exception. Read more.

December 4, 2014, Video for the October 27, 2014, lecture and discussion, "A Reagan Forum with Dr. Steven Hayward," is now available. The School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation, invited Dr. Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine, to discuss how President Reagan's 50-year-old speech, "A Time for Choosing," has echoed in American politics. Hayward explains how the speech defined a new approach to conservatism laced with a forward looking optimism rooted in the latent greatness of America. Watch the video.

November 17, 2014, The School of Public Policy, with a heavy heart, has learned of the sudden passing of alumna Susannah Hanson (MPP '12) on November 13, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 27. Read more.

The American Spectator, November 12, 2014 - Cliff Smith (MPP '07), authored an op-ed, "Run, Rubio, Run!," wherein he highlights the strengths of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, as a potential top-tier 2016 presidential candidate. Read the op-ed.

AM870 The Answer, November 4, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, will be providing election night coverage on AM870's "The Answer," tonight around 10 p.m. PST. Listen to live stream.

November 4, 2014, Luisa Blanco, associate professor of public policy, coauthored a report for USAID titled, "Study on Crime and Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Final Report," wherein the authors analyze the relationship between crime and investment and determine to what extent crime affects investment and vice versa in Latin America and the Caribbean. View the report.

The American Spectator, October 27, 2014 - Cliff Smith (MPP '07), authored an article, "Two Incoming Movers and Shakers to Watch," wherein he discusses the possibility of Alabama's Gary Palmer and Nebraska's Ben Sasse, as safe bets to be elected to a House seat in in Alabama and a Senate seat in Nebraska, respectively, and their outsized influence they will bring. Read the article.

October 24, 2014, The School of Public Policy in partnership with the Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation will commemorate the 50th anniversary of a speech by President Ronald Reagan, "A Time for Choosing," on Monday, October 27, at 11 a.m., at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine, will explore the impact of "the speech" and its current relevance to American politics. Read more and register for the event.

The Washington Post, October 23, 2014 - Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor, authored an op-ed, "Why Ronald Reagan's 'A Time for Choosing' Endures After All This Time," wherein he discusses the 50-year-old speech, "A Time for Choosing," by President Ronald Reagan as one of the four speeches in American history that "so electrified the public that they propelled their orators to the front rank of presidential politics overnight." Hayward will be speaking on this topic at the Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, October 27, 2014. Read the op-ed.

October 17, 2014, James Prieger, associate professor of public policy, participated in a webinar entitled, "Net Neutrality: FCC and Congressional Options and Alternatives for an Open Internet," on Thursday, October 16, 2014, hosted by the Digital Policy Institute at Ball State University. Prieger and other experts discussed the legal, technical, and policy issues involved in the Net Neutrality proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission. Watch the webinar.

October 14, 2014, James Prieger, associate professor of public policy, will be participating in a webinar entitled, "Net Neutrality: FCC and Congressional Options and Alternatives for an Open Internet," on Thursday, October 16, at 2 p.m. EDT. Hosted by the Digital Policy Institute, Prieger and other experts will discuss the legal, technical and policy issues involved in the Net Neutrality proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission and embodied in legislative proposals advanced in the Congress. Register for the webinar.

The Daily Caller, September 29, 2014 - Cliff Smith (MPP '07), authored an op-ed, "'You And What Army?" How The Obama Administration Strongarms Congress," wherein he discusses how the Obama administration has learned that Congress can be strongarmed into not fully exercising its constitutional oversight duty, with minimal political blowback. Read the op-ed.

September 26, 2014, The School of Public Policy will host a roundtable, "Taiwan's Future," on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 4 p.m. in SPP Rm 175. A panel of experts will examine Taiwan's independence movement in light of both internal politics and larger geo-politics involving U.S.-Chinese relations. View participants.