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Post Why Isn't There a Foreign Service Academy?
Created by John Eipper on 03/07/17 1:04 AM

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Why Isn't There a Foreign Service Academy? (Timothy Brown, USA, 03/07/17 1:04 am)

The notion of "free universities" is a myth. (See Eugenio Battaglia, 6 March.) There is no such thing as a free college education in Europe, where I served. Instead European, and many other universities elsewhere, are paid for by the taxpayers. I made sure of that before I applied to the Universite de Louvain. Students don't pay for their educations directly. But, since taxes in Europe are roughly two times higher than in the US, as soon as they get a job, they start paying through the nose for the college educations of students that are still in college.

An excellent posting from John Heelan (also 6 March). Hopefully John will forgive me for my piggybacking on his comments but here goes:

Most people will immediately agree that peace is better than war. So why do we have excellent Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine academies dedicated to teaching future officers how to fight wars, but not have a Foreign Service Academy that teaches future diplomats how best to stay out of wars?

JE comments:  Tim Brown's illustrious career has included both war and peace, so he knows what he's talking about.  To answer Tim's question, perhaps we could piggyback on Einstein:  "You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for peace."  (Ouch...)

Recent news reports speak of how the State Department has been largely idled under Pres. Trump, who prefers to oversee foreign relations in-(White) house.  Tim, is the mainstream media correct in this assessment?

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  • Paying for University: UK (John Heelan, UK 03/09/17 7:51 AM)
    Timothy Brown (7 March) is correct as usual. UK education is "free at the point of delivery" (as is the NHS currently), but in reality it is funded by the taxpayer.

    My secondary and tertiary education were free (notionally at least). I also had promises of state funding for two PhD projects I had proposed (one investigating the role of Wilderness Parks in the US and another researching the use of IT in managing livestock.) Family circumstances at the time prevented my taking up either opportunity. I had to fund my later PhD research on Lorca myself, but unfortunately money ran out before the dissertation was completed, something I still regret.

    JE comments: But all's well that ends well. Your Lorca research brought you to WAIS, John!

    Next up: Cameron Sawyer responds to Istvan Simon on Brazil's model of funding universities.  I'm off to the conference and have to put WAIS on hold for the next several hours, however.

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