Scholars Wrestle With Challenges of Engaging With Policy Makers

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Kelvin Ma, Tufts U.

A conference on "the ideas industry," sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts U., delved into the problem of how to make the expertise of those who study the world accessible to those who shape it. Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School, organized the conference.

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Kelvin Ma, Tufts U.

A conference on "the ideas industry," sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts U., delved into the problem of how to make the expertise of those who study the world accessible to those who shape it. Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School, organized the conference.

What does it mean to do policy-relevant research? How do you know if your ideas have any impact? And is it dangerous to blog, tweet, or otherwise engage with the public while pursuing tenure? Those were just some of the questions academics wrestled with on Tuesday in a conference on "the ideas industry" sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Speakers largely hailed from the realm of international relations and foreign policy, but the concerns they