For Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, the Answer to Fierce Partisanship is Leadership
Former U.S. Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) sized up the often-fractious political climate of today at a public discussion sponsored by NYU Wagner's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress on Feb. 2, 2011.
In 2001, the two ex-senators traded roles as Senate majority leader three times. But sitting in armchairs in Vanderbilt Hall and speaking before an overflow crowd of almost 500 listeners, they were congenial -- especially in comparison to the often-fierce partisanship that has defined recent sessions of Congress.
Rogan Kersh, Wagner professor of public policy and associate dean for academic affairs, was the moderator. "It can be reassuring to return to an earlier time," he remarked.
Although Daschle and Lott lamented what they called a loss of comraderie among Congress members, they maintained that leadership has been, and will remain, the key to overcoming strained relations between the two parties.
Neither was despairing about today's political atmosphere. Indeed, Lott said, "The Senate was designed to be dysfunctional .... to cool off the hot action of the House." In addition, he noted, major legislation, such as the national healthcare overall, gained recent approval despite its highly controversial nature.
GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum Taps NYU Wagner Global EMPA Student Jayson Browder
Congratulations, Jayson Browder, a student in NYU Wagner’s Global EMPA program! He has been selected to participate in the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum 2015 – one of 35 newly selected participants from a variety of backgrounds and from 29 countries. Over 300 applicants, aged 25 to 35, had applied from 61 countries.
“We took into consideration a number of criteria including leadership potential, interest and commitment to transatlantic relations, foreign policy, security and ability to contribute to and benefit from the forum’s experience," according to the GLOBSEC announcement.
In the next two months leading up to the forum, Browder and the other participants — from places such as Accra, Canberra, Islmabad, Washington, D.C., and Moscow — will have a rare opportunity to evaluate and provide strategic policy proposals and plans for action for the main panels of the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum on a group of topics.
“We aim to engage the participants in the lasting debate on the strengthening of transatlantic relations and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the wider GLOBSEC community,” according to the announcement.
Browder, a decorated US Air Force veteran, is a Presidential Management Fellow and a former Fulbright scholar.