Public Policy

  • Dr. Mark R. Jacobson joins Pell Center as Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announces the addition of Mark R. Jacobson as an adjunct senior fellow. Dr. Jacobson has extensive experience in the federal government, international organizations, and academia working on some of the most complex and politically sensitive national security issues facing the United States. He is currently an advisor at Dūcō and a Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs. … Read More

  • We Know What a Fair Election Looks Like

    In a remarkable election season, with one candidate speaking frequently about voter fraud and “rigged” elections, we asked an experienced international election observer how we would know if the election was fair.  Here is his response. Standing amidst the rubble of war, a woman stood against a cold and bitter wind. I asked the woman why she stood patiently waiting in a line with hundreds of her neighbors. “I have … Read More

  • Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus at Providence College, stands at the Salve Regina podium.

    Who Stole Conservatism?

    The American political system has always cycled through periods of progress and conservatism. As voters grapple with just which course they favor in 2016, Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus of history at Providence College, kicked off the Pell Center’s 2016-2017 lecture series with a discussion of his new book, Who Stole Conservatism? DiNunzio outlined a history of conservatism from the 18th century to today, crediting the structure of classic conservatism to political … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Championing Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Picks of the Week

    Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 | The White House How Weak Cybersecurity could Disrupt the U.S. Election | Politico Cybersecurity is just too much trouble for the general public, claims study | TripWire Obama administration accuses Russian government of election-year hacking | Politico   October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a time when participating governments and organizations come together to raise public awareness about cybersecurity, provide … Read More

  • An American flag with a cyber design.

    It’s Time for Both Parties to Get Serious about Cybersecurity: Picks of the Week

      U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System from Cyberattacks | The New York Times Political Campaigns need Chief Information Security Officers | Passcode How to Hack the Election in 7 Minutes | Politico Magazine   In the wake of hacks that infiltrated the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign, in addition to the political fallout and the multiple warnings from cybersecurity experts … Read More

  • Flyer of what appear to be JFK's mug shots above text that reads "wanted for treason"

    Stochastic Terrorism: Picks of the Week

      Unfiltered: Voices from Trump’s Crowds | The New York Times Donald Trump Calls Obama ‘Founder of ISIS’ and Says it Honors Him | The New York Times Trump’s Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think | Rolling Stone   Someone is going to get killed. That’s the thought that went through my head in bucolic Vermont this week as I looked out over the mountains at twilight and … Read More

  • Image of a Businessman Holding a Laptop, Surrounded By an American Flag and the Planet Earth

    Picks of the Week: What Leaders Should Learn from the Clinton’s Email Controversy

    Hillary Clinton’s Email Was Probably Hacked, Experts Say | The New York Times Hillary Clinton Calls for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures | Bloomberg The damning things the FBI said about Clinton’s email | USA Today This week, FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and her use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State by announcing that he would not be … Read More

  • Photograph of a memorial for Jo Cox.

    Picks of the Week: Turn Down the Rhetoric

    Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory that Obama Supports ISIS | ABC News Suspected Killer of British Lawmaker had ties to Neo-Nazi Group, Watchdog Says | Washington Post Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists are Allies so ‘Let Them Kill Themselves’ | Right Wing Watch The flames of political passion are burning white-hot.  Some have questioned the survival of the nation.  Others have said the stakes cut to the core of a people’s identity.  For … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes speaks with Scott Bates during a podcast.

    Podcast: Scott Bates

      The Pell Center’s newest adjunct fellow, Scott Bates, joins Jim Ludes for a wide-ranging conversation about politics, international relations, and so much more.