Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar comments acting ICE Director Tom Homan's statement that he wants to increase the amont of time ICE officers spend investigating employment websites and auditing worker forms.
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer on the U.S.-Turkey relationship and NATO in The Boston Globe, "This is more than just another travel ban. It is a geopolitical spectacle unique in modern history: two allied countries blocking normal back-and-forth travel. An old relationship has gone deeply sour."
Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon in The Sacramento Bee, "As the state reduces oil demand with electric vehicles, automation and other strategies, it will be equally important to make oil production cleaner to keep California leading the charge against climate change."
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman in The Globalist, "While U.S. credibility in Asia is steadily diminishing, there continues to be an irrational belief in Washington that increased U.S. defense spending will alter or reverse this trend. This is preposterous."
Sociologist Michael Kennedy comments on bowling becoming a pro-immigrant sport in Rhode Island saying the state, "has the conditions to 'become a genuinely exemplary place for how to meet the challenges of our time.'"
Eric Patashnik in Health Affairs, "Medical societies have a responsibility to educate doctors not only about the financial costs of unnecessary treatments but also about how their own practice styles can lower the quality of care patients receive."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar and sociology professor Michael Kennedy joined WPRI's Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss the indictments of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates.
Economist Emily Oster comments on the rule to not drink while pregnant, saying "...doctors who have expressed the view that whatever the literature says, since we know that drinking a lot of alcohol is bad, we should tell people not to drink at all. They worry that people will overdo it."
October 30, 2017Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon on reducing climate impacts with oil innovation, "Reducing the climate impacts of the most emissions-intensive oils is possible with technologies that already exist. Even greater reductions are possible with innovations undergoing development."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "This war gives members of Congress the chance to make a decisive choice. The vote on this resolution will be the political equivalent of the 2002 Senate vote authorizing war in Iraq. That vote reshaped history."
Rob Grace’s new article, “The Humanitarian as Negotiator: Developing Capacity Across the Sector” explores the complexity of cultivating negotiation capacity through the experiences of humanitarian practitioners in the field.
A book review of "Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine" that draws on public opinion surveys, physician surveys, case studies, and political science models to explain how political incentives, polarization, and the misuse of professional authority have undermined efforts to tackle the medical evidence problem and curb wasteful spending.
Public Policy Fellow Marc Dunkelman and sociology professor Michael Kennedy are mentioned in an article about a panel they participated in at the inaugural Greater Good Gathering, a conference "aimed to look 'deeply and cross-disciplinarily at how the means for addressing and promoting the Greater Good may be changing in today's world.'"
Watson Institute's Costs of War Project is cited in a blog post from the Niskanen Center, "...the Costs of War project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs estimated last year that the total cost of the wars was $4.79 trillion."
Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, comments on the effictiveness of the low-wage economy in the UK. “There’s no way for labor to push up wages since no one goes on strike anymore and the unions are weak."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar in The Next Web, "Americans shouldn’t wait for another damaging leak of classified surveillance programs to force the next round of surveillance reform. Reforming surveillance has never been more urgent."
Ashutosh Varshney, Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia, in The Indian Express, "Modi might still be very popular, but for him, ideology triumphs over governance, civil liberties are less important than political conformity, and enforcement of a Hindu majoritarian politics is more significant than India’s economic ascendancy."
Sociologist Michael Kennedy in RI Future, "We live in a world, then, of Ubermensch Escapism where we put our faith in a great leader like Trump or Putin or Orban, or in a simple decision, like Brexit. But these choices only make things worse."
October 20, 2017FCW: The Business of Federal Technology
According to a Department of Justice official, framework to clarify how private companies can carry out information security research while complying with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, is gaining traction.
Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Pandemics. Civil Wars. All around the world at any given moment millions of people are enduring disasters both natural and man-made. Humanitarian assistance comes in all shapes and sizes, from government agencies to NGO's, from foreign armies to the United Nations. But for it to be effective, humanitarian response must be coordinated. What can civilian and military responders learn from each other?
In a wide ranging conversation hosted by Brown University's Watson Institute, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo spoke on several topics ranging from the 2016 election to the possibility of passing legislation on recreational marijuana use.
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli in Al Monitor, "If it becomes indefinite — which could very much be the case given the absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States — Travel Ban 3.0 will have severe consequences for the Iranian American community."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Using the CIA to run wars is wrong. The larger mistake is believing that any amount of American firepower, directed by anyone, can stabilize the Muslim world or make the United States safer."
Senior Fellow Deborah Gordon in The National Interest, "More than fifty years later, the field of climate engineering remains largely unknown, especially to policymakers and the public. There are real risks to opting into—or out of—climate engineering."