Based on three years of research in Rio de Janeiro, Postdoctoral Fellow Nicholas Barnes explores the replacement of state authority with the criminal violence of drug trafficking gangs in favelas (impoverished informal neighborhoods).
Postdoctoral Fellow Ali Kadivar examines unarmed collective violence by civilian forces and democratization in a recent article in the American Sociological Associations' journal, Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar joined WPRI's Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss the week's pressing security issues, including immigration policies, North Korea, and the Russian election meddling investigation.
As sanctions restrict the legal flow of goods, people grow accustomed to the black market. In a 2005 study, Professor Peter Andreas noted that sanctions often breed "a higher level of public tolerance for lawbreaking and an undermined respect for the rule of law."
William Hartung, Cost War Project contributor, mentions that the Project estimates all post-9/11 wars have cost us $5.6 trillion and counting, more than 100 times the Bush administration's initial claims.
President Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. spent $7 trillion in the Middle East since 9/11, referencing a number from the Costs of War Project, which estimates the U.S. will have spent $7 trillion on wars by 2053.
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli draws on her research interviews with members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to argue that President Trump's decision to throw out the Iran Deal will permanently destroy any trust the country's citizens once had in the U.S.
While initially reluctant to get entangled in the war in Syria, the U.S. is now prepared to be more involved than ever. In fiscal year 2019, the government assigned $15.3 billion of Department of Defense funds for U.S. operations there.
President Trump said on Tuesday that he wanted the U.S. military to "bring our troops back home" from Syria and "start rebuilding our nation." He has claimed that the U.S. has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East since 2001; the Cost of War Project estimates the U.S. has spent $1.8 trillion in direct costs and $4.3 trillion in direct and indirect costs.
On the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Globe columnist Michael Cohen observed that though the "so-called war on terrorism is far from over," Americans have, for the most part, moved on. That's despite the fact, he said, that indirect costs from the war total more than $5.5 trillion, according to Brown's Costs of War project.
Stephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War, comments on the increase of civilian deaths in the Middle East since President Trump took over, saying "We all know there’s stuff going on in the name of fighting terror, but there’s not much interest in the details.