free enterprise while learning the principles and methods behind public policy analysis. Dailyseminars and structured conversations, led by AEI scholars and fellows, helped studentsdevelop the core skills required for rigorous and principled public policy analysis.During the first week of the AEI Summer Institute, AEI directorof economic policy studies Kevin A. Hassett walked students throughmarket dynamics and the interaction between public policy and theprivate sector. In week two, AEI defense experts Gary J. Schmitt andThomas Donnelly explored the principles of democratic statecraft,American strategic culture, and current issues in national security policy.In the third week, students dug into the nitty-gritty of policy issuesincluding entitlement reform, campaigns and elections, energy policy,modern revolutions such as the Arab Spring, and the impact of worlddemographic change—all under the direction of AEI’s Leon Aron,Andrew Biggs, Henry Olsen, Kenneth P. Green, and NicholasEberstadt. In week four, Reagan and Churchill biographer Steven F.Hayward examined the limits of executive power in a constitutionalregime and profiled American presidents who have demonstratedextraordinary political leadership.
“My academic career opened upbecause of what I learned at AEI.”
—Courtney Albini, University of Pennsylvania
A number of other AEI scholars, including me and some guestlecturers, also had the opportunity to interact with the group. Theyincluded Michael Barone, John R. Bolton, Karlyn Bowman, JonahGoldberg, Christina Hoff Sommers, Charles Murray, Sally Satel,
editor William Kristol, and Republican StudyCommittee executive director Paul Teller.At the end of the month, twenty-five students left AEI prepared tomake a difference—as more effective intellectual and practical support-ers of liberty, individual opportunity, and free enterprise in America and around the world.Like everyone else in Washington, we are focused on the important electoral battles thisfall. But we are also preparing for the crucial work that will need to be done in 2013. Weare ready to hit the ground running early next year because of the generous support of oursmall community of scholars and supporters. Without the philanthropists, foundations, andcorporations that provide 100 percent of our funding, we couldn’t do our important work.Please continue to stand with us as we defend freedom, opportunity, enterprise, andAmerican greatness in the decades to come. We are grateful to have you in our corner.
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