politics

  • Close up of a political map of Brazil focused on Rio de Janeiro with a blue push pin.

    No Fun and Games for Rio

    On October 2, 2009 celebrations erupted on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach as the International Olympic Committee confirmed the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. For Brazil, having the privilege to host the most high profile sporting event in the world was the final endorsement the country needed to prove its hard-fought rise to the top. At the time, the Brazilian economy was booming under its highly … Read More

  • Symbol of a woman stepping forward out of a column of men

    Women of the Moment at the Moment

    According to a recent business study by Morgan Stanley Capital International, companies with three or more women in leadership roles enjoyed a greater return on equity per year versus companies with less diversity. The study, and many others like it, shows that a diversification of ideas among groups increases the probability of managing and completing goals successfully. Studies like this one are of great value to our nation’s future because … Read More

  • Image of the American Flag covered in ones and zeroes and cracked in pieces to represent a cracked cyber code.

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Lacking from 2016 Campaign Trail

    Clinton’s Emails Drown out Cyber Debate | The Hill Election 2016 Why Every Candidate Should Be Talking Cybersecurity | Secure World Hillary Clinton Email Scandal ‘Very Serious,’ Says Bernie Sanders | Reuters While Hillary Clinton continues to face scrutiny for her email practices and the use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State, few of the 2016 Presidential candidates have discussed the more serious cybersecurity issues affecting the nation. Securing … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces Upcoming Events for Spring 2015

    Topics to be discussed include “farm-to-table”, science and policy Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center has announced the topics for the 2015 Spring lecture series. All lectures are free and open to public and audience participation is encouraged. The lectures will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production, and Their Consequences will host a panel of speakers to discuss the chain … Read More

  • Health Care Reform, Political Psychology, and Putin | Picks of the Week

    Health Care Reform GAO report details flaws behind $840M O-Care website rollout | The Hill Part of the Solution: Pre-Baccalaureate Healthcare Workers in a Time of Health System Change | The Brookings Institution Health care reform is a perennial issue in America. Reforming the US health care system – which represents 1/7 of the nation’s economy – presents numerous challenges for public officials. Under the best of circumstances, the presence … Read More

  • The Immigration Issue

    On one hand, you’re turning your back on innocent children, many of them escaping poverty, violence and a number of other horrors. Yet on the other side, you have legal American citizens who struggle day by day, single mothers, homeless veterans, and hardworking families who can’t catch a break. This is the question that Congress is being asked to answer before they depart for the month of August. In my … Read More

  • Senator McCain Discusses “America’s Global Leadership”

    Earlier this month, Senator John McCain spoke at the U.S. Naval War College about the importance of America’s role as a global superpower. The event, co-hosted by the Naval War College and the Pell Center, was held in the Spruance Auditorium and was well-attended by the public. Following introductions made by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Salve Regina University president Sister Jane Gerety, McCain began by stating the world we live in … Read More

  • Cybersecurity Risk, Political Polarization, and Return of al-Qaeda |Picks of the Week

    Cybersecurity as a Leadership Issue Exclusive: U.S. companies seek cyber experts for top jobs, board seats | Reuters If You Think Cybersecurity Is ‘Just an IT Problem,’ Prepare to Get Owned | NextGov Cyber Security Risk: Perception vs. Reality in Corporate America | Wired “High-profile data breaches such as the one at Target are injecting a new sense of urgency for U.S. companies to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and … Read More

  • Roundtable – Dysfunction in Washington

    Washington, DC—the name of the capital city is more often a punch line for late night comedians than it is a place associated with serious people.  And for good reason.  Amidst sequesters, government shutdowns, and the threat of a looming default on America’s debts, the public is left to wonder if Washington will ever work again. Join us Friday, October 18, 2013   TIME:    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   … Read More