Neta C. Crawford, Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, describes new research in The Conversation, "I agree with the military and national security experts who contend that climate change should be front and center in U.S. national security debates."
Senior Fellow Richard Boucher in The Hill, "If we can wire the world our way, China will have to negotiate to fit in. Dividing the world into the U.S. sphere and the Chinese sphere leaves us as isolated as them."
Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "Given the huge U.S. network of overseas military bases, the Department of Defense has traditionally seen the issue of environmental liability as a slippery slope, and takes a hard line against assuming responsibility."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer sat down with the Brown Political Review for an interview, saying "My training is not from being a scholar, but rather from being out in the world and working as a journalist."
Associate Professor Jeff Colgan is mentioned in an article on national oil companies. "Jeff Colgan, a prominent scholar on the topic, has found that oil is a leading cause of war and can exacerbate conflict in multiple ways."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the possibility of Democrats getting President Trump's tax returns, saying "...once you move into 2020 and begin to approach the election, the potential is there that Trump could just run out the clock."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "For most of the 20th century, the United States was strong enough to keep allies in line and rivals at bay. Today, however, other countries are not so easily intimidated. Many have lost confidence in the US."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on whether House Democrats will subpoena Special Coounsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, saying "I don’t think the public understanding of the Mueller report ever recovered from Barr rolling out his summary, and then leaving it unchallenged for over a month."
Economist John Friedman comments on the plans Democratic presidential hopefuls have for education, saying "There's definitely been a turn against a set of ideas in education that we've been championing as effective."
Chair of the Political Science department, Wendy Schiller, comments on President Trump's abundance of supporters willing to repeat and endorse all of his claims. "The Republican establishment will push back through Fox, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets. The titans of the economy will put up with stuff only so long."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "One could suggest that the election verdict was about the electorate’s comparative assessment of Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi as leaders, and people chose Modi over Rahul."
May 28, 2019Skullduggery's Buried Treasure Podcast
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg joined Skullduggery's Buried Treasure podcast to discuss the Iran-Contra affair and the differences in how Congress operated back then compared to the current presidential administration today.
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "It has little to do with Iran’s behavior, which is no more provocative today than it was a year or a decade ago. Instead it is the product of fevered tempers in Washington."
On Thursday, May 23, as thousands of Brown University alumni and family members began to descend on College Hill to celebrate Commencement and Reunion Weekend, University leaders and community members gathered to dedicate Stephen Robert ‘62 P’91 Hall, among the newest additions to Brown’s campus.
Emily Oster in The New York Times, "The differences we see by demographic groups in the United States — the inequality of outcomes for children from poor and rich backgrounds — are driven by a combination of vast differences in experiences."
Economist Emily Oster in The Atlantic, "Put simply, mothers and fathers ought to come clean about the nature of their lives. We can’t fix problems that we pretend don’t exist; we can’t improve the lot of parents at work if we pretend we aren’t parents."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney comments on the upcoming results of India's election, stating "Modi is doing what these other leaders are doing — he’s projecting resolve, masculinity, determination, daring and courage."
Anthropologist Sarah Besky comments on the wages and management of tea gardens, explaining "that ideally the houses required to be built and maintained by the plantation management - something that rarely, if ever, happens. Whether it is painting the house, or just growing vegetables outside, it is done by the families and 'almost always by the women.'"