Sociologist Michael Kennedy in RIOT Material, "I have been waiting for President Trump to depart from this approximation of high communism, but in recent weeks, he only moves closer to this system-destructive disposition."
Faculty Fellow Elias Muhanna in The New Yorker, "This task, along with her advocacy for Arab self-determination at the Cairo Conference of 1921, is one of the reasons why historians, biographers, and filmmakers have crowded around her, particularly since Iraq has again become a focus of geopolitical contestation.
Political scientist Wendy Schiller joined a discussion about President Trump's first 150 days in office and how recent controversies might be affecting his agenda and, more importantly, his ability to govern.
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Saudi Arabia has been working for decades to pull Indonesia away from moderate Islam and toward the austere Wahhabi form that is state religion in Saudi Arabia."
Timothy Edgar co-authors a piece for Lawfare Blog, "There has been some suggestion that, by sharing the details of presidential communications, Comey violated “executive privilege.” Executive privilege is a rather murky concept, but it doesn’t really apply to this situation."
During Spring Break, ten Brown students traveled to Cuba as the culmination of their senior seminar "International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice." Each student investigated a different aspect of Cuban life with the guidance of Professor Stephen Kinzer.
The $54 billion increase in military funding that President Trump has proposed in his 2018 budget would create many more jobs if it were spent on areas like education, infrastructure and clean energy, according to a study released last week by the Costs of War Project.
Rose McDermott, International Relations professor and author of Presidential Leadership, Illness and Decision Making, joined the Painopolis Podcast to discuss John F. Kennedy's debilitating pain and how he covered it up.
CLACS Director Jessaca Leinaweaver, "Food is about more than calories, nutrition and ketchup. Food can be a metaphor for ideological matters such as a free market or public services, rights to access, and of course, income and privilege."
Public Policy Fellow Marc Dunkelman in The New York Times, "Intimate and arms-length relationships may be comfortable and easy to maintain, but we hurt ourselves by making strangers of the people who live nearby."
Postdoctoral Fellow Duff Morton in the American Anthropological Association, "Trump presents himself as an icon of corporate managerial dominance, the same sort of dominance that Uber is reinventing for a new generation of workers."
Professor Michael Kennedy has teamed up with RI Future, to showcase essays written by Brown University sociology students in a summer-long series, The Sociology of Trump. RI Future will feature an essay every Friday on an aspect of Trumpism.
Sociology Professor Michael Kennedy in RI Future, "Simply, conflict does not, in and of itself, risk cultural authority. Indeed, others have observed that Trump thrives on crisis and conflict; some conflicts nourish his position and others threaten it."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar discusses why former national security adviser Michael Flynn has decided to take the Fifth Amendment and is refusing to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Catherine Lutz in US News, "Our safety as a nation depends as much or more on a healthy, well-educated population as it does on the force of arms. Given this reality, the new budget's sharp reductions in programs that address the needs of low-income families and individuals are blows to our nation's basic security."
Postdoctoral Fellow Ali Kadivar in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog, "While campaigns provide a seasonal outlet for pro-reform electorates to push their agendas, the online space has proven a more constant arena for Iranian citizens to express and spread their demands."
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli in Teen Vogue, "You see very lax forms of covering the head, which you would think is something very superficial, but women have fought for this very hard, even as the government has reacted."
Political Science professor Peter Andreas in The New York Times, "My mother’s diaries made clear that she saw being a good mother and good revolutionary as the same thing, that there was no tension between the two and that those who thought otherwise just didn’t get it."
Research professor Nick Ziegler joins Dan Yorke's State of Mind to discuss reactions to the firing of FBI Director Comey and to provide analysis on Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election.
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar commented on the far reaching practice the National Security Agency has recently discontinued which allowed the agency to collect foreign intelligence from emails and might've led to the invasion of U.S. citizens' privacy.
Jessaca Leinaweaver, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, discusses the common practice of Native children being taken by the state throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in an attempt to be assimilated into dominant society.