Richard Arenberg comments on Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who is retiring this year and may be most remembered for deploying the so-called "nuclear option" on Nov. 21, 2013, to abolish the filibuster for most nominations. "I do fear that the use of the nuclear option by Harry Reid and the Democrats has put the Senate on the slippery slope to the eventual elimination of the filibuster," Arenberg said.
Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and Guy Edwards on Brookings Blog: "The inclusion of conditional and unconditional contributions is useful, both in making it possible to know what Mexico can be counted upon to do, and to know what global changes will be needed for them to do more."
Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Director of the Brown-India Initiative Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express: "If the contentions are deeper than outsiders know and there are hidden transcripts of incompatibility and injury, the AAP is heading for a 1969-style Congress split."
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy Alan Harlam on Footnote: "By integrating activities in and out of the classroom into a comprehensive learning experience, engaged scholarship enhances learning and better prepares students to pursue their passions and career goals after graduation."
Director of the Development Studies Concentration Program Nitsan Chorev, the spring 2015 recipient of the Presidential Faculty Award, will deliver a lecture about her work on pharmaceutical production in East Africa. Her address begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Reading Room of the John Hay Library.
Journalist in Residence Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe: "The most striking proof of the decline of the nation-state is the dramatically growing power of mercenary armies. Some countries — notably, the United States — now contract out much war-fighting to private corporations."
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science Richard Arenberg writes about recent opposition in Congress to the filibuster and the need to maintain filibuster rules in order to protect the rights of the minority.
Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history, writes about the Lahore Resolution passed 75 years ago in Pakistan and the lingering effects the Resolution has had on religious minorities in both Pakistan and India.
Agupusi in Global Observatory: "Outsiders presume that the biggest challenge to this election is Boko Haram. The truth is that a successful and peaceful election depends mainly on whether the two candidates and their supporters keep their pledges to practice non-violence during and after the elections."
Four scholars, including Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences Glenn Loury, grappled with questions surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, during a two-hour debate at the Watson Institute at Brown University.
A state bill produced by Brown student Solomon Goldstein-Rose and J. Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies and sociology, proposes a carbon tax on all fossil fuels that enter Rhode Island. The tax would feed into a state-run fund that would help finance solar and wind projects, green-energy research and transportation initiatives.
Watson Professor Rich Arenberg comments on a proposal by Colorado's U.S. senators that would derail government shutdowns. Arenberg said the proposal is likely little more than symbolic: "When really what is needed is for the Congress to get back to the fundamentals of trying to address the real issues, the real problems the American people have."
In testimony before the US Senate Budget Committee, Eastman Professor of Political Economy Mark Blyth warns that the US must learn from the experience in Europe, where austerity worsened budget problems by stifling growth.
"Two new research papers from Brown University’s Watson Institute show the often-unrecognized level of state spending on veteran care, which further reflects how big the challenges are for veterans in the post-9/11 era."
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sherine Hamdy on Teaching Culture: "A universally loved art form, the world of comics offers one such refreshing entrée into happenings in the Arab region, particularly as artists and writers struggle with questions about identity and authenticity."
A blog post about Russia's status as a petrostate cites research by Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of political science and international studies, that found that countries where net oil export revenues constitute over 10 percent of GDP were among the most violent states in the world.
Monday, February 23rd, The Annual Economic and Social Rights Lecture was delivered by Dr. Richard Locke, the Howard R. Sweater Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science and public and international affairs at Brown University.
Ittleson Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Timmons Roberts on Brookings' Planet Policy: "The first steps in addressing a problem are identifying it and developing a plan to get on track, so we salute this report as a landmark for raising these crucial issues of accounting for climate finance."
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science Richard Arenberg on the Hill: "The normal rules of the Senate are more likely to assure that provisions of these agreements are fully vetted and that the minority viewpoint is heard."
Journalist in Residence Stephen Kinzer writes about the reason's behind Putin's push into Ukraine and cautions that "Before the United States sends weapons or military advisers to Ukraine, we should stop to consider how we would react if Russia did that in Mexico or Canada."
Adjunct Professor of International Studies Linda Miller in Scholars Strategy Network: "New directions for U.S. Middle East policy depend on a delicate rebalancing of reformulated goals with means suitable for dealing with varied regimes less open to outside influence."
Visting Fellow Timothy Edgar in Lawfare: "The United States should not be shy in talking about its record on intelligence oversight, nor should it accept the premise that Europeans care more about privacy than Americans."
Postdoctoral Fellow Patricia Agupusi in the Global Post: "No political conspiracy lies behind this postponement. It was necessary to avoid undermining the legitimacy of the election and Nigerian democracy."
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sherine Hamdy in The Providence Journal: "For the United States to live up to its ideals of equality and freedom, we must do better in valuing the lives, differences, and vulnerabilities of people of color."
In an op-ed in The Indian Express, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Director of the Brown-India Initiative Ashutosh Vashney says: "Whether or not greater power-sharing takes place inside the Modi government, the Delhi results are likely to weaken centralisation within the party."
Catherine Lutz, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies in the Global Post: "Both our military and development aid have produced infrastructure and institutions that are wildly out of sync with what Afghanistan can sustain."
Stephen Kinzer, journalist in residence, writes about the current conflict in France and Britain between traditional populations and people whose families emigrated from abroad and those countries' history of colonialism.
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science Richard Arenberg talks to Talking Points memo: "I believe that the line drawn between all other nominations and Supreme Court nominations creates a precedent which will not survive the first time a Senate minority filibusters the Supreme Court nominee of president of the other party."
Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and director of the Brown-India Initiative, in The Indian Express: "One can only hope that the Ukraine crisis does not escalate further. If it does, said Obama in Delhi, the economic costs for Russia will go up further and sanctions will be more comprehensive."
Stephen Kinzer, journalist in residence says in the Boston Globe: "If we react by creating a surveillance state, abandoning due process of law, and intensifying our military campaigns in the Middle East, we give terrorists victories they can never win on their own."