Carrie Nordlund, Associate Director of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program, joins Wall Street Journal's Jason Bellini for an episode of Moving Upstream to discuss the latest technology in the garment industry and what it means for the millions of people who work in it.
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli comments on the differing views of Iran's military commander, General Qassem Soleimani. "Within their ranks, they call the Iran-Iraq war a World War III that no one in the world recognizes.”
"To the list of landmark genocide studies must now be added Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, Brown University Prof. Omer Bartov’s masterfully researched and hauntingly rendered history of atrocities committed against — and by — the religiously and ethnically mixed former residents of a place that today is part of Ukraine."
Stephanie Savell, Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, describes the hidden costs of America's counterterror wars and the Project's mission to draw attention to them, in an op-ed on TomDispatch.com.
In response to a Brazilian samba school’s use of blackface in a Carnival parade, James N. Green, director of the Brazil Initiative, said it made sense that there would be confusion over how to interpret blackface in Brazil, since it originated outside the country.
Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "Modi is right to say that Nehru alone did not produce India’s democracy. In the Constituent Assembly, there was no great resistance to the idea of universal franchise."
Senior Fellow Alex Nading in Edge Effects, "Occupational health experts compare the work of planting and harvesting sugarcane to running a half marathon in 90-plus degree weather, going home and going to sleep, and doing the same thing again for the next five days.
When Project Iceworm, an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. Army initiative in Greeland was shut down in 1967, military expected leftover materials would freeze. A new study by Jeff Colgan finds that now, the melting ice in the Arctic has remobilized some toxic waste and threatens to do the same at other sites.
Faculty Fellow Vazira F-Y Zamindar in Dawn, "The sources of Bacha Khan’s ideas are numerous as are those of Gandhi’s, but their extraordinary friendship too deserves our attention, rather than something to be feared."
During a presentation at the annual Association of American Colleges and Universities meetings, Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman offered some good news on new findings on big data on intergenerational mobility.
Omer Bartov joins Smithsonian.com to discuss his new book "Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz." "The story of Buczacz is the story of genocide as it unfolded in one town, but also the larger story of how such mass atrocities can transpire in communities the world over."
Prerna Singh, assistant professor of political science, in The Washington Post, "...national attachment is central not just to the functioning of political institutions but also to the very structure of society."
Research by economist Emily Oster is mentioned in an article about monitoring children's TV consumption. "If letting your kids watch an hour of TV means you are better able to have a relaxed conversation at the dinner table, this could mean TV isn't that bad for cognitive development."
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman comments on one journalist's description of how China has grown, decades after her first visit, saying "China is not trying to make revolution anymore; it is trying to make money, which is much more wholesome."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar comments on a story about encrypting data, saying "Lots of sensitive data is the hands of third parties. If the South Korean military and the NSA are having problems keeping their data in their own hands, what chance do the rest of have?"
In The New York Times' The Upshot, Emily Oster co-writes about the 2014 episode that left 159 Disneyland visitors with the measles, and the policy change that followed in California that triggered a jump in vaccination rates across the state.
An article that posits that the false missile alert in Hawaii illustrates how close we are to being at war with North Korea notes that the Costs of War study at Brown University found that “future medical and disability costs” for the current wars “will total between $600 billion and $1 trillion.”
Costs of War Co-director Stephanie Savell, co-authored an opinion piece on the Project's new map, which shows the U.S. counterterror activity around the world. "What started with President George W. Bush's launch of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in October 2001 is now a rapid expansion of the U.S. military footprint across the globe."
This article co-written by political economist Mark Blyth in Foreign Affairs is part of an e-book on financial geopolitics. "As a single-currency area, the eurozone formally has no internal imbalances."
Political scientist Eric Patashnik comments on the banned practice of earmarks, saying "Restoring earmarks is not strong enough medicine to cure the dysfunctions of today's Congress. Polarization runs much too deep. But it is still a sensible thing to do."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney comments on India's economic woes and Prime Minister Nardenra Modi. "If economic manoeuvrability is limited, then the communal card, the Hindu-Muslim card, is a massive political temptation."
Nina Tannenwald's research is cited in an article on the history of world leaders avoiding using nuclear weapons since World War II, saying "powerful revulsion associated with nuclear weapons had played a role in inhibiting their use."
Postdoctoral Fellow Ali Kadivar in The Washington Post, "The current protest wave in Iran has already shaken the political landscape of the regime and society. Some younger activists in the mid and lower reformist ranks have suggested channeling this wave to make their own demands through street demonstrations organized by reformist parties."
In Newsweek, Narges Bajoghli comments on women's involvement in the Iran protests. “Women have been at the forefront of pushing for change in Iran since the establishment of the Islamic Republic. In fact, the women's rights movements are the biggest thorns in the side of the regime.”
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli in Jacobin Magazine, "At the moment, the protests are leaderless, and the slogans vary from demands for economic equity to the freedom of political prisoners to the overthrow of the supreme leader to the downfall of the entire regime."
Research by Emily Oster is cited about the infant mortality rate in the United States. "In the paper, published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 'we find that 45% of regional differences can be attributed to differences in birth weight, with lower birth weights in states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, especially relative to the Northeast.'"
Postdoctoral Fellow Ali Kadivar comments on the protests happening in Iran and why the middle class is mostly sitting out. “For any successful protest movement of this type with radical demands a broad alliance is required.”
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli explains how "media outlet backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seek[s] to reinforce the narrative of the supreme leader above the politics of Iran."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "A sudden collapse of Iran’s governing system would be bad for us. It would set another Middle Eastern country aflame and feed the instability that breeds terror."
Professor Eric Patashnik in Vox, "Eventually, the war over Obamacare will end. When it does, there may be an opening to have a sensible conversation about ensuring that patients receive treatments grounded in sound science."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "As the dust starts to settle, political reactions become clearer, and statistical details recede into the background, it is time to concentrate on the big picture that the recent Gujarat elections present."