Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe, "Too often, though, we fail to realize that Western power, vast as it is, cannot smash cultural patterns that have existed for longer than the United States or any European nation."
Timothy Edgar on Lawfare, "To be effective, the commission should not be composed of French civil servants or Brussels bureaucrats. It will need top security clearances – and even more crucially – the trust required to ask tough questions of the most secret agencies in the world’s most powerful countries."
Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe, "When huge numbers of human lives are not at risk every day, nations have the luxury of concentrating on geopolitics. It should guide us when we approach trade talks, plan our relations with China or India, or shape our partnership with the European Union. When nations begin drowning in seas of their own blood, however, it is time to put geopolitics aside."
Glenn Loury in the Brown Daily Herald, "In summary, I continue to believe that, while race remains important in America, the core problem here ought not to be defined as a racial justice problem. It is a social justice problem."
Timothy J. Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, took part in a cybersecurity summit that focused on the solutions states are implementing to protect infrastructure, information, and operations.
With a $50-million gift from three dedicated supporters, Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs will expand its faculty roster to about 30 professors and will build an additional facility to accommodate its growth.
Jeff Colgan in Foreign Affairs, "Like Clinton, thoughtful environmentalists will see the export ban as a bargaining chip. On its own, its environmental value is low. True, the ban discourages U.S. oil production, but its repeal would be partially offset by production decreases elsewhere in the world, making the net effect fairly minor."
Stephen Kinzer in the Global Post, "For this accord to reach its full potential — for it to become a tool for stabilizing the Middle East — Iran will have to reassure its neighbors that rising Iranian power does not threaten them."
Emily Oster on TIME, "The bottom line is that while there is clear evidence of the dangers of heavy drinking—especially binge drinking—in pregnancy, the same cannot be said for low levels of alcohol consumption."
A study co-authored by Brown University's Justine Hastings is cited in a news story about a new report that found Americans are spending more on gasoline when the price drops at the fuel pumps and choosing the higher grade octane to boot.
Nirupama Rao and Atul Pokharel in The Hindu, "There is a critical need for India to shape perceptions in Nepal and erase misunderstanding. It must reaffirm the unity of the people of Nepal while recognising their diversity."
Richard Arenberg on The Hill, "A Republican majority with a newly elected Republican president or a Democratic majority with a new Democrat in the White House in 2017 might succumb to renewed partisan pressure to ditch the filibuster."
Chas Freeman, a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, asks "if the United States is prepared to take on the task of balancing China’s military power pretty much by itself, why should China’s smaller neighbors make much effort to do so?"
David Kertzer's recent book "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe" has received the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association.
Collaborating with the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), The Watson Institute presented experts from around the globe to discuss possible cyber futures at the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies 3rd Biennial Workshop.