Mark Blyth on Associated Press, "It's pushing on a string if you're trying to get people who are already living in a borderline recession economy, who are already up to their eyeballs in debt, to borrow more."
"Reflecting on his recent book, Globalizing Knowledge, Michael Kennedy examines the affinities and interconnections between interdisciplinarity and efforts by scholars and institutions to shape global knowledge cultures."
In Spring 2016, GPD trainees and sociology graduates Diana Graizbord and Jamie McPike were looking for ways to contribute to the Watson Institute's mission. Drawing on their international experience in making qualitative research speak to policy reform efforts in Mexico and India, they designed a new senior seminar in applied public policy entitled Engaged Research/Engaged Publics: The Science and Craft of Applied Policy Research.
Ashutosh Varshney, director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary South Asia, offered analysis on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s public criticism of Pakistan for “glorifying violence,” which spiked tensions between the neighboring nations.
Jeff Colgan, Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science, co-authored a new study on the abandoned hazardous waste left beneath a U.S. military base built within the Greenland Ice Scheet in 1959. Due to the rapid progression of climate change, the waste could soon reenter the environment and harm nearby ecosystems.
With Congress in recess and many people on vacation, national politics are supposed to hit a late-summer lull. That may no longer be the case, according to Wendy Schiller, professor of political science.
Emily Oster in TIME, "But the new prenatal screening tests are a game changer. They represent a significant technological breakthrough because the key to identifying problems or genetic risks is being able to see the baby’s DNA."
Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies and political science, writes an op-ed about what he observed during his travels to parts of China and the simmering debate about the political leanings of China's growing middle class.
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe, "If the coup fails, no one knows what comes next. If it succeeds, the same is true. Many Turks welcomed the coup of 1980 because it ended a period of violent chaos, but it was followed by a wave of brutal repression."
Postdoctoral Fellow Jordan T. Camp discusses his edited volume Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, with his co-editor Christina Heatherton, and Chuck Mertz on WNUR 89.3FM in Chicago.
Andrew Schrank and Michael Piore co-author an article about Puerto Rico’s debt problem and the approval of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. They argue that unless Puerto Rico adopts a new development structure, the country is likely to experience the same crisis down the road.
Emily Oster in Quartz, "Tipping may not lead to good service on your first visit at a new restaurant, but I can pretty much guarantee that not tipping will result in bad service on your second and all further visits."