I have just been awarded an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, for a three-year term. I was very surprised and pleased to receive this unexpected honor. In Europe, to be named Honorary Professor is one of the most prestigious awards a University can grant to someone who is not a member of their faculty. It signals their appreciation of a person’s scholarship along with interest in maintaining close ties with them in both research and teaching venues. I have already been a visiting professor at LUISS in the School of Government for a number of years, conducting a short-term seminar in Rome once a year in late spring. This takes the relationship to a new level for the next three years. I am truly honored, and delighted!