Category Archives: People

President Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History Jeffrey Engel wrote an analysis for the Washington Post on the importance of the U.S. staying engaged in Europe. He claims President Trump’s election was a victory … Continue reading

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Michael McLendon named interim provost of Baylor

Tower Center Senior Fellow Michael McLendon was named interim provost of Baylor University, effective July 1. McLendon served has dean of Baylor’s School of Education since 2015 and was previously an associate dean at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and … Continue reading

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Luisa del Rosal named finalist for D CEO Latino Business Award

Tower Center and Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal was named a finalist for D CEO’s Latino Business Awards 2017. “I am so proud and humbled to be a part of this group that D Magazine is … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner | “In Syria, where will U.S. intervention stop?”

President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria allegedly in response to the use of chemical weapons in an attack carried out by the Assad regime in the Idlib Province April 4. Tower Chair and security studies … Continue reading

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SMU Professors Awarded Colin Powell Fellowship

Three SMU professors Sabri Ates, Michael Lusztig, and Hiroki Takeuchi were awarded the Colin Powell Global Order and Foreign Policy Fellowship for 2017-2018. The award, designed to increase research and scholarship and to enhance teaching effectiveness, gives SMU faculty members up … Continue reading

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Jieun Pyun | A new “Seoul Spring”

Jieun Pyun, manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, wrote about the recent protests in South Korea, her home country, in the wake of the corruption charges surrounding the now impeached President Park Geun-hye and … Continue reading

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Richard Fisher | “From homeless to Harvard”

Tower Center Board Member and former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Richard Fisher wrote a column in the Dallas Morning News telling the story of his father, Leslie Fisher. In the column, Fisher describes his father’s journey … Continue reading

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TC Fellow Jeffrey Kahn, constitutional law professor, examines travel ban

Tower Center Fellow and SMU Jeffrey Kahn discussed the nature of presidential power, specifically the power of the president to issue impactful executive orders like President Trump’s recent travel ban in an interview on FOX4. A judge in Washington has already ruled … Continue reading

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Jim Hollifield | “Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake”

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News regarding the negative impact that reduced trade with Mexico could have on the Texas economy. “Mexico is a huge part of the Texas success story,” he said. … Continue reading

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Luisa del Rosal | “Texas, Mexico officials wary of Trump’s trade plans”

President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign attacking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at one point calling it the worst trade deal ever signed. He is expected to sign an executive order to renegotiate NAFTA sometime this week. According to … Continue reading

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