posted March 25, 1998

Poli Sci Research Presented

Jack Holmes, professor of political science at Hope College, presented his paper, "U.S. Foreign Policy Long Cycles:  What they might mean for world long cycles," at the 1998 annual meeting of the International Studies Association on Thursday, March 19, in Minneapolis,  Minn.

          The research was prepared with the help of several
  students.  Major roles were played by senior Kevin Joldersma
  of Hillsdale and freshman Aaron Keck of Lansing.  Other
  students helping with the project included freshman Joel
  Neckers of Grand Rapids, freshman Seth Parker of Rockford,
  senior Brittan Strangways of Jenison, senior Mike Thelen of
  Mason and junior Mike Zolnierowicz of Downers Grove, Ill.
          The paper concludes that American and world long
  cycles work together in discernible ways and that the
  American data adds important information on societal
  consensus to the mix.  According to Holmes, American
  experiences are especially important because the modern
  world makes it much more important for government to pay
  attention to the thinking of their people.
          Other scholars on the panel at the meeting
  considered economic trends, and were from Syracuse
  University, the University of Virginia, the University of
  Utah, Thunderbird Graduate School of International
  Management, and the University of Birmingham in England.