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Dr. Alfred Balitzer – Senior Fellow

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Dr. Alfred Balitzer recently retired from a distinguished 35-year academic career at Claremont McKenna College where he taught American government, political philosophy and U.S.-Asian relations.  Currently, he is a Member of the Board of Trustees and Senior Fellow at Claremont Graduate University.  From 2004-2006, he served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the California Policy Institute at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Balitzer is also a retired Member of the Board and Treasurer of the American Academy of Liberal Education and is currently teaching a weekly course on American government to the United States Marines at Camp Pendleton.

 

Currently, Dr. Balitzer is Chairman of the Board of the John Brown Cook Association, a non-profit foundation that, among other things, provides fellowships for student interns.  In the past, Balitzer served as Chairman of the Foundation for California, the founder of the Winston S. Churchill Association of America, and a Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of the National Graduate Fellowship Program, appointed by President Ronald Reagan.  He also served as Chairman of the Boating & Waterways Commission of California, appointed by Governor Pete Wilson.    

He is actively involved with civic and philanthropic organizations.  For over twenty five years, Dr. Balitzer has served as an Advisor to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the world renown Museum of Tolerance, forging their programs in Washington, D.C. and in Asia.  In the recent past, he has served on the Boards of the Japan American Symphony Association, the Korean American Museum, the Private Sector Initiative Foundation and the California Safe Boating Foundation.  

Dr. Balitzer has been involved in numerous political campaigns throughout California and the nation, including four presidential campaigns, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, and numerous local elections and statewide initiative campaigns. In the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign, he was Director of Special Voter Groups west of the Mississippi, and in 1984, he served as a senior consultant to President Reagan’s re-election campaign.  In 1981, he worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs and as a Director of the Republican National Committee.  His work with ethnic and minority communities helped to broaden the base of the GOP in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Alfred Balitzer, Ph.D. – Continued

Other past positions in government and politics include Member of the Bicentennial Commission, United States Court of Acclaims (appointed by the Chief Justice); National Chairman, Scholars for Reagan-Bush '84; Consultant to the Secretary, United States Department of the Interior; Consultant to the Administrator, General Services Administration; Special Ambassador to Brunei, appointed by President Reagan in 1984, a position that started Balitzer on a relationship with Asia that continues to this day.

Among his many activities in Asia, Dr. Balitzer is recognized for serving as a catalyst in opening the doors to diplomatic relations between the governments of the People’s Republic of China and the country of Israel in the early 1990s.

In addition to traveling throughout Asia, Dr. Balitzer has lectured on American power in the Pacific at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, Thammasat University in Bangkok, the Asia Society in Hong Kong, the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Beijing University, the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing, the College of Diplomacy in Beijing, the Shanghai Academy of Social Science and Fudan University in Shanghai and Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Balitzer has published a number of monographs on American political institutions and practices over the years, including on such subjects as political action committees, the initiative and referendum and redistricting.  He is also published frequently on issues concerning American government, among them American religion, grassroots politics, the role and impact of minority populations and demographic changes on American politics, and American foreign and military policy.  Furthermore, he lectures on public opinion research, focus groups and on techniques that enhance public discussion of key issues.  

He is published frequently in Asian newspapers and periodicals, including The Japan Times, The Straits Times, The Bangkok Post, and The South China Morning Post.  His pieces have also been translated and republished in Japanese, Chinese and other Asian languages for local audiences.  

Dr. Balitzer appears regularly on radio and television programs in Asia and in the United States, and is frequently quoted by the print media.  He also contributes editorials to the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and other American newspapers.

Dr. Balitzer is Chairman of the Board of Pacific Research & Strategies, Inc. (PRSI). Founded in 1978, PRSI assists clients at home and abroad with the nuances of American public opinion and government relations. Among other things, PRSI is one of the few research firms in the U.S. that conducts focus groups and surveys of both U.S. attitudes towards Asia and Asian attitudes toward the U.S.  Additionally, for the past 15 years, Dr. Balitzer has worked on behalf of a number of Native American Tribes on issues ranging from Tribal sovereignty, political justice, healthcare and education.

Dr. Balitzer resides in Huntington Beach, in Orange County California.  When he is not otherwise engaged, Balitzer and his son, Rodney, are avid boaters and are active in the boating industry. Balitzer publishes from time to time in boating publications, enumerating on the theme of America as a sea-going nation.