Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Beginning in January, the House of Representatives will count four young women of color among its members. All have crashed through daunting barriers and see themselves as representing the downtrodden."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller said of Rhode Island's third-party gubernatorial candidate Joe Trillo that "people seem to know him, they seem to want to hear from him, and he's really gaining some popular support."
Economist John Friedman said the dream of faring better than one's parents has been dwindling every year since the 1960s. "Friedman is working with Ohio State and more than 300 other colleges nationwide to find out what's helping people advance and holding them back."
The Costs of War Project is cited in an article that suggests the global extremism threat has grown since 9/11. "A Brown University study puts the price tag at more than $4 trillion if costs like the medical care of wounded veterans are taken into account."
James N. Green, director of the Brazil Initiative, offered commentary on right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, saying "He represents the possibility that the conservative forces of the armed forces don’t need to take power because he will act on their behalf.”
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar in Lawfare Blog, "While the digital age is well underway, the justices have only begun to grapple with its implications—for privacy, freedom of speech, and new forms of digital control. Kavanaugh’s vote will be for an internet based not on openness and freedom, but on surveillance and control."
After backlash and protest from the invitation of Steve Bannon to The New Yorker's fall festival, the magazine withdrew his invitation. Professor Ashutosh Varshney argues that, though he finds them disturbing, Bannon's views should be heard and challenged. "Though deeply disturbing and wrong, this view shouldn’t – and can’t at this moment— be brushed aside."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "We should be looking for ways to restrict competition in outer space, and to share whatever resources exist there. That will enhance our ability to give every American a decent life — and limit our ability to blow up our planet."
In the second part of his conversation with SupChina, Senior Fellow Chas Freeman discusses how he became interested in China, his diplomatic career, and his experience as chief interpreter during Richard Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972.
This past month, the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2) hosted over 100 experts and officers from across the globe for a two-day workshop "designed to support civilians and militaries working together to develop solutions to some of the world's most deadly crises."
Professor Wendy Schiller offered perspective on issues and candidates in the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. "I think there is a broader perception among younger Democrats that government is not working well enough in providing essential basic services..."
Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone -- but new research shows that they're not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American dream. Economist John Friedman said children of well-to-do families are likely to stay that way, while children of poor families are likely to stay poor -- and "I think that's led to a real feeling that the American dream is slipping away from them."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer inThe Boston Globe, "Sitting in a distant capital, political leaders set out to assure that their favored candidate won an election against rivals who scared them. They succeeded... The year was 1996."