For the first time, in a long time, I had a little time to skim through a few magazines and journals. After finding very little that peaked my interest, I ran across a good article in Foreign Policy, Does The Academy Matter?, which compares perspectives of the academic research in foreign policy and the policymakers in need of this knowledge.
While the primary focus of this article centers on policy studies in International Affairs, I find the discussion to be useful to all doctoral students working toward making a mark in policy studies. For example, the article looks at what areas of expertise policymakers believe are useful products being developed by the academy, include the methods employed to produce good policy advice. If you have a moment, please take a look at the article and share your thoughts about it.