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  • War and Peace: Iran and Eastern Europe

    Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 on the promise that he would end America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and change the tone of American foreign policy.  He was motivated by a belief that Iraq was misguided and that the country was weary of war.  In addition, many Americans believed that the perception of American belligerence in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, contributed to insecurity around the world.  … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable Discussion | Drone Technology, Privacy, and the Theater of War

    Drone technology is increasing in sophistication and application at a rapid pace. Drones can now deliver your purchases and take aerial photographs of your favorite landmarks. They can also listen into your conversations, observe you from afar and even kill you. The regulation of drone technology is taking on increasing importance and this discussion will enable us to look at some of the key personal and security issues. Please join … Read More

  • Why the Clinton Email Case Matters

    As you may have heard in the news recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not use an official US government email with a .gov address during her entire tenure as Secretary, and instead exclusively used a ClintonEmail.com personal address for all State Department-related correspondence. Reports suggest that her email account was hosted on a server that was not physically under government control and instead was located at her … Read More

  • Pell Center Panel Discussion Addresses Cybersecurity Workforce Management: Challenges & Solutions

    NEWPORT, RI—Over 50 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors, law enforcement, and academia gathered at the Pell Center on March 10 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion entitled “Enterprise Cybersecurity Workforce Management.” The event, part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), brought together cybersecurity experts and practitioners to discuss ways to optimize enterprise resources, prioritize essential security tasks, and develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy—one … Read More

  • Tax Cuts and the Economy

    Like other elections before, the 2016 presidential campaign will feature the pros and cons of tax cuts. An article in the Washington Post this week discusses Republican hopeful Marco Rubio’s newly unveiled tax plan, which offers significant cuts to corporations and wealthy individuals, while also increasing tax credits that go to middle class families with children. The Post piece focuses on the political calculus behind the plan – e.g. it … Read More

  • Identity, War and Peace

    Two articles have recently caught my attention—one about the rise of Christian militias, financed by American evangelical Christians, who are fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  The other about the first signs of hope in Iraq in a long, long time.  They reflect different dimensions of the same conflict, and those differences give me pause. In Baghdad, the curfew imposed after the American occupation began has been lifted.  People are … Read More

  • Cybersecurity Leader Ellen Marie Giblin Joins Pell Center Fellows Program

    NEWPORT, R.I. —The Pell Center today announced the addition of Ellen Marie Giblin to its team of cybersecurity professionals. Giblin, who is Counsel in the Boston office of the national law firm, Locke Lord LLP, is a recognized expert on global privacy and data protection as well as cyber breach response.  She will be a Cybersecurity Leadership adjunct fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. “Ellen … Read More

  • People Power

    It has been easy, in recent months, to focus on what’s going wrong in the world.  Wars, terrorism, and disease compete for our attention each week.  None of them are hopeful.  But this week, events on two sides of the Atlantic give us hope. This past week, more than 1000 Muslims formed a ring of peace around a synagogue in Oslo.  They stood hand in hand with Jews to protect … Read More

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    If the Supreme Court Rules Against the Affordable Care Act…

    A commentary on Bloomberg.com this week points out that the U.S. may be headed towards significant economic challenges, as a Supreme Court case threatens to eliminate the subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (so-called “Obamacare”). As the Bloomberg piece’s author puts it: “The immediate effect of a ruling against the ACA would be to hurl the political system, and no small part … Read More

  • Pell Center Panel Discussion Focuses on Cyber Information Sharing and Risk Management

    NEWPORT, RI—As part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), the Pell Center recently hosted a panel discussion on “Cyber Information Sharing: Examining a Risk Based Approach to choosing the right information sharing partners and policies.” The event brought together representatives from over 20 different organizations across the state and a world-class group of cyber experts. The panel included Ms. Ellen Giblin, Counsel at Locke Lord and Pell … Read More