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Leadership Matters

There is a popular yet dangerous myth about politics in the United States: Choices and leaders don’t really matter. Since events will inevitably unfold regardless of the public’s voice, engagement in the political process, let alone leadership, might just as well be left to others.

This is a false perception. Qualified leaders are essential to civic success. The dedication, courage and persistence of individuals are essential to accomplishing anything in public affairs. In short, leadership matters.

Although some individuals are born with instinctive leadership qualities, there are leadership skills that can be taught and learned, practiced and mastered.

“Leadership Matters,” a partnership between the Pell Center and the Public Sector Consortium, seeks to contribute to the development of public leaders in Rhode Island. The long-term goal is to provide a center of continuous leadership development that will ensure professional competencies and best practices are continually developed and refreshed.

Recent Public Policy Blog Posts

Recap: “The Future of U.S.-India Relations with Ambassador Richard Verma”

The relationship between the United States and India has long been complicated. On March 3, 2020, Salve Regina’s Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes hosted Ambassador Richard Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to India during the Obama administration.  Verma addressed the current relationship between the U.S. and India, India’s role in global and regional affairs, and how the Biden administration might approach India on everything from China … Read More

Recap: “What’s Next? Discussing the 2020 Election Results with Evelyn Farkas and David Shuster”

The American people may be as divided as they ever have been politically, but there is one thing that all people in this country can agree on: the 2020 Election was an emotional rollercoaster. On Tuesday, November 12, Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes met with David Shuster and Evelyn Farkas via a Facebook live event entitled, “What’s Next: Discussing the 2020 Election Results” to debrief the Election of … Read More

Recap: “2020 Election Security: Threats, Strategies, and Solutions”

The security of our elections has been an issue of great importance following the 2016 election. Many fear that interference from foreign powers in our elections, specifically from Iran, Russia and China could threaten our democracy and the democratic process. The threat to our elections continues to be an important topic following the 2020 election and it appears this will be a topic of discussion for years to come. During … Read More

Recap: “The Constitution and Foreign Affairs with Dr. Anthony Clark Arend”

Constitution Day in the United States is held annually on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on that same day in 1787. While it spells out much of the American government’s framework, it says very little about the exercise of foreign affairs powers. However, some of the most contentious disputes between the legislative branches of the U.S. government have centered around foreign affairs. Dr. Anthony Clark … Read More