bolstered our scholarship with new hires, including political journalists Ramesh Ponnuru andTim Carney and
New York Times
bestselling author Ed Conard. Ramesh and Tim are singlingout today’s greatest threats to free enterprise, and Ed is explaining how to reform our taxcode to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth.Of course, our policy challenges are not limited to the economy. That’s why I’m honoredand excited to announce the arrival of former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who will study America’scommitment to global leadership as a visiting fellow. Sen. Kyl’s arrival, as well as the com-mencement of a new speaker series with the four Military ServiceChiefs, are testaments to the growing influence of AEI’s Marilyn WareCenter for Security Studies, which is not yet one year old.
AEI is delivering our work to those bestpositioned to make a difference.
AEI is delivering our work to those best positioned to make adifference. To do so, we rely on our government relations department,which is profiled in this issue of the
In three years’time, the department has transformed AEI into a leading source of policy ideas for members of Congress. And like good entrepreneurs, the department iscontinually refining its best practices and developing new strategies to build on its success.The intersection of entrepreneurial thinking and public policy is familiar territory forAEI’s education policy studies program. That program just celebrated its 10th year at AEI,and director Frederick “Rick” Hess has released a groundbreaking new book,
, which will change the conversation about education reform. Rick’s book, whichis the subject of the
’s Spotlight, explains how educators and superintendentscan apply the same kind of entrepreneurial thinking as leaders in the private sector to breakthrough roadblocks and achieve real reform in America’s schools.Rick’s work reveals the obstacles imposed by bureaucratic largess and political rent-seekers that place their own interests above those of students. But more importantly, he setsforth a concrete, positive agenda to help ensure that every student has the opportunity tosucceed. Rick’s approach is a model that we can all follow to advance free enterprise ideasand reforms.Thank you, as always, for your support of AEI and for your dedication to America’s freeenterprise system. It is exciting to begin another year with you by our side.
AEI president Arthur Brooks with former senator andnew AEI visiting fellow Jon Kyl