Former bodybuilding icon, movie star and
governor of California, Arnold Schwarzeneggar has teamed up with the
University of Southern California to open the Schwarzeneggar
Institute for State and Global Policy.
The institute will focus on building bi-partisan support to implement policies in five key areas: Education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform, according to a statement announcing the establishment of the institute.
The board of advisors includes several prominent names, including former Mexican president Vicente Fox and former US Secretary of State George Shultz.
Schwarzeneggar, 65, a native of Austria, will serve as chair of the board of advisors.
California, which shares an international border with Mexico, would be the ninth largest economy in the world if it were its own country, according to a recent report issued by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Schwarzeneggar, who in movies often played characters that would rather shoot than talk, said the new institute would stress diplomacy.
"One of the great lessons I learned as governor of California was that the best solutions to common problems could only be found when each side was willing to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with each other," Schwarzenegger said.
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