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Alexander Dresner works in healthcare strategy in New York City.

He began his career at Bridgewater Associates, a leading institutional asset manager. In four years at Bridgewater, he was a member of the Core Management Team focusing on business strategy and operations.

Prior to entering the private sector, he held a number of roles in Washington, D.C. These included internships in the White House and Pentagon speechwriting offices where he routinely produced public remarks for the President, the Secretary of Defense, and other senior administration officials. In addition, he worked as a Production Assistant at MSNBC, producing, editing, and researching in support of the senior team on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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Searching for the Perfect Employee

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:04 PM

The talent market is a highly inefficient market. By promoting better alignment between supply and demand forces, employers, job seekers, and the overall economy stand to gain.

It is first important to create a distinction between the talent market and the labor market. Talent, in contrast to...

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The Case Against Business School

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 12:28 PM

I've had to entertain a good deal of talk about business school this year. My friends and I have ripened, both in age and experience, to the point at which most prospective students apply. We're all four to six years into careers where we've tasted varying degrees of success. But...

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Executive Compensation: A Critique

(28) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 6:17 PM

For me, the iconic image of the Great Recession -- encompassing the corporate largesse and irresponsibility, as well as the resulting widespread discontent of this period -- is one that I've conjured up in my head from news reports of former Lehman Brothers CEO, Dick Fuld, knocked out cold and...

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The 'Americanization' Of British Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 12:47 PM

A noticeable and unnerving trend has taken shape in the lead-up to this year's British national election: with an influx of advisors and consultants who made their mark on the American national political stage -- including former Kerry campaign manager, Bob Shrum, and former White House communications director, Anita Dunn...

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The Problem With Cable News: Revisited

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2010 | 2:04 PM

This is a follow-up to a piece I wrote for Huffington Post back in August in which I took aim at cable news shows for their lack of on-air diversity, particularly with respect to the average age of guests and to ethnic make-up. Here, the attack resumes once more.

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The Problem With Cable News

(15) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 12:54 PM

When Rachel Maddow plowed her pick-up truck into the gates of the predominantly white and male country club that is cable news this time last year, it was a reminder of the growing need to encourage on-air diversity. Over the course of the next few years, with the blogosphere serving...

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Can the Secret Service Protect Obama?

(6) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 2:15 PM

Serious questions are being raised over the Secret Service's ability to successfully carry out their mandate. In a new book by Ronald Kessler, democracy's protective cloak of trained agents are shown to lack both the modern mentality and resources needed to tackle the ever-broadening spectrum of threats that they must...

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Intellectual Benefits, Emotional Costs: The Value of Attending the World's Best Universities

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 10:27 AM

The London School of Economics is an inconspicuous series of academic lecture halls and classrooms that sit within a busy enclave in England's capital city. Adorning the walls of its main administrative building are the pictures of the School's past Nobel Prize winners. It is a long wall. With few...

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Obama Could Learn From Bush

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2009 | 10:18 AM

At a Rock the Vote awards dinner in 2005, then-Senator Obama spoke to a packed house at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. He cut a presidential figure on the stage, beautifully mobilizing the English language to take the audience back to the era of the civil rights movement....

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Obama's Missing Man

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 2:00 PM

With the election and inauguration of Barack Obama, the White House has reclaimed its place as an intellectual playground for some of the most capable minds in the country. It is in keeping with this tradition that I propose a permanent addition to the White House staff: a historian-in-residence. Sure,...

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Bush Targets His Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2009 | 3:52 PM

After eight years of acting on gut instinct and ignoring the tide of public opinion, George W. Bush is coming to recognize the extent to which his Administration has damaged the country. Marking this recognition is a concerted effort by the White House to stage an all-out defense of Bush's...

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The Real Bush Legacy

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 5:40 PM

George W. Bush will leave office on January 20th with one of the lowest approval ratings in American presidential history. "History will judge me," he says. Fair enough. Truman did not fare much better with public opinion in 1952. Consequently, historians and political commentators have been quick to draw parallels...

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Could McCain-Palin win in Europe?

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 5:40 PM

With recent polls reflecting a shift in the mood of the American electorate, the McCain campaign finds itself in an uphill battle going into the final stretch. Yet, over here in Europe - where I am studying at the London School of Economics - the question on the minds of...

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