Costs of War Project co-director, Stephanie Savell, comments on President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, saying "Contrary to what most Americans believe, the war on terror is not winding down."
Ashutosh Varshney comments on the re-election campaign of India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. "As of now, Mr. Modi is the 'odds-on favorite,' but I think the narrative can change. There is still a great deal of anger at Mr. Modi."
The Center for Contemporary South Asia's event "Decolonizing the Museum: A Teach-In" was highlighted in The Providence Journal. "Museums in the West are places one must go to in order to do the work of research on other places like South Asia," said Vazira Zamindar, a Brown University history professor.
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on last week's vote to protect the legality of abortion in Rhode Island. "By even giving this bill a hearing, much less bringing it to the House floor, Speaker Mattiello is acknowledging the changing dynamics on abortion both inside the Democratic Party in Rhode Island but the state more generally."
Watson Fellow Marc Dunkelman comments on the growing trend of companies pushing co-living spaces to employees, saying "It’s terrific that (companies) are experimenting with different environments to get people to talk to others."
Professor Rose McDermott comments on human nature's extremes of kindness and aggression, saying "Over long periods of time among large numbers of people, you end up with a more – slightly more – egalitarian system. We breed a kind of peacefulness, at least for the in-group."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Last month two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan, came to the brink of war. Their border skirmish was a scary message from the future. If controls on nuclear weapons continue to weaken, more countries will probably develop those weapons."
Faculty Fellow David Kertzer joined PRI's The World to discuss the recent announcement made by Pope Francis that the Vatican will unseal the records of Pope Pius XII. "The question is, how he might have tried to accommodate to Nazi rule.So the criticism against him wasn't that he was pro-Nazi, which he certainly was not."
Assistant professor Robert Blair in Inside Higher Ed, "Studying democratic erosion abroad increases optimism about those prospects, instilling confidence in the strength and longevity of American democratic norms and institutions."
Ashutosh Varshney comments on the tensions between India and Pakistan, and the implications it might have on India's upcoming general election. "Hindu nationalists have always been tougher on national security than the Congress."
Faculty Fellow David Kertzer in The Atlantic, "The decision follows more than half a century of pressure. Pius XII—a hero of Catholic conservatives... while denounced by his detractors for failing to condemn the Nazis’ genocidal campaign against Europe’s Jews—might well be the most controversial pope in Church history."
Watson Faculty Fellow David Kertzer comments on Pope Francis' decision that the Vatican will unseal the records of Pope Pius XII. "For much of the war, the Pope was hoping to play the role of unbiased mediator between the two sides, and that’s part of the rationale for not taking a stand against the Nazis."
Ashutosh Varshney comments on the current conflict between India and Pakistan, saying "If Pakistan goes for a military retaliation, which hurts India significantly, that might just gift an election victory to Modi, who looked quite vulnerable only a few weeks ago."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "India is perhaps headed towards its first national security election ever. Security will compete with unemployment and farm distress as a critical election issue, and depending on what happens to Indo-Pak tensions, it might even eclipse the significance of economics."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "To withdraw from Afghanistan would be to acknowledge the limits of American power. Some consider that unthinkable — an intolerable loss of face and a dangerous admission of impotence."