Public Policy

  • Image of the front of the White House at nighttime with an American flag flying proudly upon the rooftop.

    Picks of the Week: The Republic Needs Honest Debate, Not Narratives

    The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru | New York Times 10 Problems with that New York Times Magazine Profile of White House Aide Ben Rhodes | New York Magazine How We Advocated for the Iran Deal | Medium   Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine published an article about White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.  Part hagiography, part hatchet-job, the article by David Samuels has … Read More

  • A visual representation of the term intersectionality with a wooden sign placed at a crossroads pointing the way towards racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia and classism.

    Intersectionality and the Presidential Race

    Intersectionality is a term which has existed for roughly 35 years, however, most people in the United States have not engaged with the concept outside of a classroom until recent memory. The term resurfaced recently as a reaction to the Flint Water Crisis and through its engagement in debate by the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. As a result, public discourse questioning the legitimacy of intersectional politics … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: The White House’s New Cybersecurity Action Plan & Budget

      Cybersecurity National Action Plan | The White House, The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan | Net Politics Opinion: $19 billion alone won’t fix Washington’s cybersecurity problem | Passcode President Barack Obama recently announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which would allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives at federal agencies and would establish a chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government. The plan, although … Read More

  • Photograph of a white water plant tower in Flint, Michigan.

    Flint Water Crisis

    Citizens have been fighting for their right to clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan since officials announced a switch in the source of the city’s water supply in late April of 2014. Residents of Flint immediately detected a difference in their tap water which was odorous, yellow in color and had improper taste. In response to complaints, officials sampled the water and found that it was contaminated by coliform bacteria. … Read More

  • Photo of a person holding a life-size version of the cover of Donald Trump's book, Think Big and Kick Ass In Business and Life, among a crowd of others.

    Picks of the Week: Creeping Authoritarianism

      The Governing Cancer of our Time | The New York Times The best predictor of Trump support isn’t income, education, or age.  It’s authoritarianism. | Vox   More than five years ago in The Providence Journal, I wrote of a specter haunting America. Then I was concerned about impatience on the left of the political spectrum and my growing sense that authoritarianism was gaining in popularity. I repost those … Read More

  • Photograph of a full crowd intently listening to panelists at the Laudato Si event in Bazarksy Lecture Hall.

    Spring 2016 Lecture Series Announced

    The first event is a screening of “This Changes Everything” on January 26, 2016

  • Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt speak onstage during their lecture about United States policy in the Middle East.

    The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East?

    On December 2, 2015, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy hosted its final lecture of the fall semester titled “The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East”. The lecture featured two experts from the U.S. Naval War College, Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt and attracted one of the year’s largest crowds despite rainy weather outside. Moderated by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes, the … Read More

  • Cover of study by Adjunct Fellow Angela Siefer on State-Level Broadband policy

    New Study Offers Guidance for Expanding Broadband Access

    The Internet is a tool that Americans use every day to work, to locate information, to communicate, to shop, and to play. More broadly, access to the Internet can help strengthen communities, improve schools, heighten public safety, and create a more responsive relationship between government and citizens. Perhaps most importantly, many believe that the availability of broadband Internet is a key enabler of economic growth. While many decisions about broadband … Read More

  • President Obama June 18, 2015 on the events in Charleston

    Charleston shooting creates an opportunity to discuss gun control

    In light of the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, it is difficult not to look once more at the gun control policies currently in place in the US. What happened? If you haven’t heard, on Wednesday June 17, 2015 a young male entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, during an evening prayer meeting. He attended the meeting for close to an hour, ... Read More
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    The Pope’s Call for Action on Climate Change

    “Man can’t change the climate.” With those words on the floor of the United States Senate last January, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma summarized the current Republican consensus on climate change. The Earth is so big, the logic goes, that our insignificant selves could never have an impact big enough to alter the climate.  In a 50-49 vote that followed, the Senate said climate change was not caused by human activity. … Read More