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Voices of Oklahoma Web Story on Being a Fulbright in Bhutan

"OU Professor serves as first American Fulbright Scholar in Bhutan"

The Voices of Oklahoma Web Magazine has just published this article on our visit to Bhutan:


There is a great photo essay with pictures taken by my wife Rebecca Sherry that accompany this article here:


Posted by mgivel 09:01 Archived in Bhutan Tagged educational Comments (1)

Bhutan Tobacco Policy and Administration Report

I have completed my final report on Bhutan's unique anti-tobacco legislation enacted in 2004.

You can read the entire report here: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Michael.S.Givel-1/Bhutan%20Tobacco%20Monograph8.pdf

Posted by mgivel 08:59 Archived in Bhutan Tagged educational Comments (0)

The Prime Minister and I

Just a short update on the progress of my Fulbright research in Bhutan. I am now in the final stage of my research on the policy and administration of Bhutan's landmark 2004 anti-tobacco law. The 2004 anti-tobacco law banned smoking in all public places and all sales of tobacco products. I have researched numerous original documents and have interviewed four government ministries on the anti-tobacco legislation. It is a very interesting story, I must say. Later this month, I will post a final monograph on Bhutan's anti-tobacco law on the Internet that will be at least 60 or 70 pages long entitled: Bhutan Tobacco Use Policymaking and Administration.

In addition, on November 4, 2009, I was honored to interview the Honorable Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan. The interview took place in the Prime Minister's august office in the National Assembly building in Thimphu. The interview primarily focused on the public policy of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. Included in this discussion was an in depth analysis of the origin, enactment, implementation, and measurement of Gross National Happiness including as it relates to various policy areas such as health. I plan on presenting in public forums, a detailed overview of the public policy of Gross National Happiness, when I return to the United States.

The Prime Minister also formally invited my Travellerspoint co-blogger and picture taker and my wife Rebecca Sherry, assistant research professor of botany and microbiology at the University of Oklahoma to discuss her research on global climate change. Global climate change is of particular concern to Bhutan as an environmental issue that is part of Gross National Happiness and as a security issue due to the significant melting of high altitude Himalaya glaciers that in two cases could cause significant flooding.

Background information on the Bhutan National Assembly can be found here: http://www.nab.gov.bt/. Various pictures related to the National Assembly Building can be found here: http://www.nab.gov.bt/photogallary.php

Posted by mgivel 21:49 Archived in Bhutan Tagged educational Comments (0)

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