Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, examined recent interventions by the United States that have caused strife. "In Libya and Sudan. . . He [Obama] ripped apart repressive political orders with the hope that new ones would be better. Both cases have ended in disaster," Kinzer wrote.
Brian Atwood, senior fellow for international and public affairs, co-authors a commentary urging Congress to pass the Iran nuclear agreement and "recognize that this agreement has the potential to interrupt the downward spiral in the region, from conventional war and terrorism to nuclear conflict."
Michael Kennedy on the ISA Forum blog, "Part of the future I wish to see are universities that are not only simultaneously dedicated to public engagement and basic research, but figuring their fusion in ways that enhance the likelihood that we develop the global futures we want."
In and interview with Market Watch, Wendy Schiller says, "You can win delegates and that becomes a signal to primary voters and donors that you’re viable. Success builds upon success [under] proportional representation."
Education and education reform remain important national issues, but teacher voices are not always prominently involved. Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez traveled the country to sample teacher sentiments and insights for a new book,Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change.
Elizabeth Burke Bryant on WPRO, "The area where we’re having the most difficulty in terms of these measures is in the area of economic well being. The area where, once again we are leading the country, is in children’s health.”"
Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, comments on an article about outsourcing chores and the value of time. "If hiring help buys you an extra half hour with your job or your kids, it’s worth it, even if in principle you could do it yourself,” Oster said.
Ashutosh Varshney in the Times of India, "When will India begin its cleansing? Modi had promised to attack corruption in his election campaign. His silence on the conduct of his own party colleagues has to be viewed as hugely paradoxical."
John Friedman in FiveThirtyEight, "The hard part, as Friedman says, is to “make sure that when you rate a teacher, that you actually rate what the teacher has done, and not whether they had a bunch of very poor or very rich students.”
In an article co-written by Rose McDermott in Politico, "Polygyny produces especially unstable societies because it creates competition among males looking for partners, thus undermining male solidarity and, in many cases, necessitating a more authoritarian style of governance."
Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe: "People in countries that the United States invades, occupies, or dominates may flock to our side for a while. In the end, though, many come to see us above all as foreigners — because that is what we are."
In an article on politics in Argentina, Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, assistant professor of political science, says that country does less than some of its neighbors to combat the distribution of benefits and services in exchange for political support.
Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, writes about research on the impact and benefits of walking versus running, which researchers typically measure using a measurement known as MET, or metabolic equivalent of task.
Wendy Schiller comments on Lincoln Chaffee's run for president and his current campaign stop in Iowa, noting that his actual goal might just to become part of the conversation versus winning the nomination. “The Iowa caucus is all about meeting people in their living rooms,” Schiller said. “That's how they vote at the end of the day…Governor Chafee’s decent one-to-one. It’s the larger groups that he's not a good communicator.”
Stating, “Everyone knows Greece is bankrupt but no one wants blood on their hands for chucking them out of the eurozone”, Mark Blyth, faculty fellow at the Watson Institute talks about the current state of the Greek financial crisis and where he believes it will inevitably end up.
Watson Professor Andrew Schrank talks with Bloomberg radio's Michael McKee about the Puerto Rican Debt crisis, discussing his recent contribution with Postdoctoral Fellow Deepak Lamba-Nieves published online by Foreign Affairs.
Earlier this week, Glenn Loury, Watson Faculty Fellow and Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, participated in an anti-poverty forum to deliberate these and other challenging issues. The event, convened in Washington, DC by the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), brought community and thought leaders together to discuss the power of local, grassroots activists in the fight against poverty.