Policy Debate

May 26, 2011 (LBO) – I am on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix, Arizona to St Louis, Missouri having enjoyed the only break in the rigorous seven week Eisenhower Fellowship program at the Grand Canyon, America’s great natural wonder.

From St Louis I go to San Francisco and a number of other cities to learn more about this
issue at a city and state level and interact with even more stakeholders of the process.
Soon my Fellowship will come to and end. And on my return I intend to create a
bipartisan group of members to push for changes that would enable greater debate and
discussion before new laws are enacted. I hope I will have support for this endevour.

2011 Eisenhower Fellow Harsha de Silva is a development economist with a PhD from the University of
Missouri. He focuses on economics of information and communication technology in emerging Asia,
particularly in rural agricultural and financial markets, and on the political economy of Sri Lanka. Since
April 2010, Harsha is also a Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka representing the United National
Party. In the mid-nineties Harsha co-founded and later sold his stake in Survey and Market Research
Team, now Sri Lanka’s largest market research firm, The Nielsen Company