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This year, the Baker Institute is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In that short time, we have become recognized as a top U.S. think tank and one of the best university-based think tanks in the world. To celebrate this milestone, the institute hosted a number of special events, highlighted by a gala celebration on Nov. 8 featuring a conversation with former President George W. Bush on "Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century."

The evening also included the presentation of the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership to the Honorable Hushang Ansary for his many years of distinguished public service. Ansary and his wife, Shahla, were additionally recognized as our 20th anniversary chairs. Their support of the institute during this important year was greatly appreciated.

The event culminated with remarks from the Honorable James A. Baker, III, and Rice University President David Leebron that led to a talk with President Bush moderated by founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian.

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Special thanks to our 20th Anniversary Gala co-chairs

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Bucky Allshouse
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tudor
Mr. and Mrs. John Eddie Williams