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.