• Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro

    Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: January 6-7, 2017

    The history of the period between the first and second World Wars reads like a tragedy, progressing from the horror of war, to an idealistic hope for lasting peace, before descending into cataclysm. This week’s guests seize on one of the most idealistic moments in that history; the diplomacy to outlaw war. Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro argue that its importance far exceeds the respect given to it by most historians.

    Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and Counselor to the Dean at the Yale Law School. She is also Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, on the faculty at the Jackson Institute for International Affairs, and Professor of the Yale University Department of Political Science. She has published more than twenty-five law review articles.

    Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. He joined the Yale Law faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy. He previously taught law and philosophy at the University of Michigan and before that, was a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

    He and Hathaway are coauthors of The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, a history of international law as it has evolved from the 17th century through the present.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

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    Year in Review on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 30-31, 2017

    In the last year, Story in the Public Square brought you scholars, journalists, novelists, movie makers and more. Some of the stories they shared made us laugh. Others caused us worry and even anger. All of them helped us understand public life in the United States today.

    Over 48 episodes in the previous 12 months, we’ve had the opportunity to talk about big issues facing the United States with remarkable storytellers and scholars. Every one of them has helped shine a light on important issues. This week, we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments of 2017.

    One of the featured stories will be the 2017 Pell Center Prize winner, Daphne Matziaraki and her incredible documentary “22 Minutes,” about the refugee crisis on the waters between Turkey and Greece. Tune in for all of Jim & Wayne’s top picks of 2017.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

  • Donald Trump speaking

    The End of Moderate Conservatism: Foreign and Domestic Ramifications

    As a tumultuous year comes to a close, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman takes a deep look at some of the more profound transformations underway under the Trump administration—whether  in the realm of politics or foreign affairs.

     

    Rise of the Reactionaries: The American Far Right and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Many of Trump’s core foreign policy beliefs are less unique than they seem at first, stemming from a longstanding reactionary tradition in American politics. The future of this foreign policy is closely tied to an intense ideological battle currently being waged within the Republican Party.

    Download is available at The Washington Quarterly 

     

    The Corruption of American ConservatismCorruption of American Conservatism

    In this Pell Center publication, Dr. Rehman chronicles the corruption of American conservatism in the Trump era. Many of America’s leading postwar conservative intellectuals, he argues, would have trouble recognizing the current ideological trajectory of the GOP.

    Download the full report: Corruption of American Conservatism.

     

     

  • Evelyn Farkas

    Evelyn Farkas on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 16-17, 2017

    Since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has announced a “Story of the Year,” the narrative that had the biggest impact on American public life in the preceding 12 months. This week we’re joined by, Evelyn Farkas, whose work in and out of government gives her special insight into this year’s top story.

    Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a national security analyst for NBC/MSNBC. She served from 2012 to 2015 as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, responsible for policy toward Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans, and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she served as senior adviser to the supreme allied commander Europe and special adviser to the secretary of defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the American Security Project, and executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

  • Dr. Raymond Raymond

    Dr. Raymond J. Raymond joins Pell Center as Adjunct Fellow

    The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Raymond J. Raymond as an adjunct fellow. A frequent lecturer at Salve Regina University in recent years, Dr. Raymond is an expert on UK, US and European national security and foreign relations issues whose insights are much sought-after at conferences in the United States and around the globe.

    “We are delighted to have Dr. Raymond affiliated with the Pell Center,” said Executive Director Jim Ludes.  “His lectures at the University have been well received and compelling.  We look forward to helping to share the fruits of his research with a larger community.”

    Dr. Raymond earned his doctorate at University of Kansas in Modern History. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in history at Yale University. As a former British Diplomat, Dr. Raymond served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II until 2005, after which he worked for the Chief of Staff of the US Army to develop the academic program at the US Military Academy. The themes of his work have centered on courage; the importance of alliances; and the central role of diplomacy in preventing, managing, and resolving conflicts past and present. Dr. Raymond is a professor of government & history at the State University of New York Ulster and an adjunct professor at the US Military Academy, West Point.

    Dr. Raymond is currently working on a collective biography of five recent recipients of the Ninninger Medal for exceptional selfless courage, which is West Point’s equivalent of the Medal of Honor

  • Matthew Gault on Story in the Public Square

    Matthew Gault on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: December 9-10, 2017

    The United States is engaged in nuclear brinksmanship with a reclusive despot whose regime is determined to develop nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them to the United States. Matthew Gault argues that the American public isn’t worried enough about these issues.

    “This is civilization ending. This is no iPhones, tomorrow,” said Gault.

    Matthew Gault is a journalist whose work has appeared in Vice, Reuters, and The New York Times. In 2015, Matthew studied and reported on pop culture’s effects on American nuclear policy thanks to a grant from the Ploughshares Fund. He is also the host of the “War College Podcast,” a show about conflict with a focus behind the front lines. You can find and listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and others.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

  • Tara Copp on Story in the Public Square

    Tara Copp on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: November 17-18, 2017

    Whether it’s a film like “Saving Private Ryan,” or a memoir like “A Helmet for My Pillow,” the temptation to romanticize war—and the Second World War, in particular—is part of American life. Tara Copp made sense of her own experience in the Iraq war, by understanding her grandfather’s service more than 70 years ago.

    Copp is an accomplished journalist, and is currently the Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times. Her work has led her to report from the Middle East, Europe and Asia. She has appeared on BBC, FOX, CNN and C-SPAN to discuss military issues. She is the author of The Warbird. Which is a moving memoir of her experience in Iraq, her grand-father and great-Uncle’s service in World War II, and a reflection on the stories we tell about the wars our nation fights.

    In the episode, she talks about what it was like to report from Iraq. She describes how those experiences made it difficult to return to a normal life afterward.

    “It was really disorienting,” Copp said, “in the desert purpose seems so clear.”

    She worked through those difficult memories and emotions by reading her grandfather’s writing. With that inspiration, she rebuilt his war.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

  • Admiral Jeffrey Harley

    Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: November 25-26, 2017

    Among its many missions, the U.S. military also operates a system of schools that provide professional military education—or PME—to rising leaders in each service. Therefore, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley has charted a new path for the U.S. Naval War College at a time of historic global challenges.

    Admiral Harley is the 56th President of the U.S. Naval War College. Now in his second year as president, Harley is leading implementation of a new four-year strategic plan. The plan will preserve tradition while heading the 133-year-old institution in a new direction. One area of focus is recruitment and the support of faculty who may not necessarily agree with everything from the Pentagon. But who, in their research and instruction, will be allowed the academic freedoms that distinguish respected liberal-arts institutions of higher learning. In order to compete with Ivy League schools, the relevance of the War College is of utmost importance. Thus, Admiral Harley discusses how the strategic plan focuses on this issue and his goals moving forward.

    The mission of the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) is to educate and develop future leaders by building strategic and cultural perspective, and enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy-makers. To accomplish all these missions, the college must first preserve a current and relevant curriculum. Second, host a world class faculty and staff, and finally accept the best and brightest joint student body. They also strive to educate students both during their time at the college and through a robust alumni program of lifelong learning.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

     

     

  • Christopher Brown author

    Christopher Brown on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: November 18-19, 2017

    Dystopian fiction has become increasingly popular in today’s culture with the rise of books brought to the big screen. For example, The Hunger Games and the recent Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Speculative fiction, from the most fantastic science fiction to the bleakest dystopias, shines a light on current issues and the reality we know in the here and now. Writer and lawyer, Christopher Brown uses narrative as a laboratory about governance, political violence, and even what it means to be American. His debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, depicts a fractured United States in the aftermath of another Civil War.

    Brown lives in Austin, Texas with his family in the edgeland woods which he has explored much of. You’ll find him writing in a 1978 Airstream trailer between the river and the factories. He has had many adventures and experiences. For example, he has negotiating hundreds of technology deals, reported from Central American war zones, and co-hosted a punk rock radio show. Because of this, Brown brings an interesting perspective to his writing. In addition, some of his other works have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Finally, Brown was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.

    Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

  • Francesca Spidalieri

    Senior Fellow Leads Marathon Cybersecurity Awareness Month for the Pell Center

    November 8, 2017

    Just off historic Bellevue Avenue, tucked away in a cozy corner cubicle of the Young Building, a powerhouse woman draws an international audience. From Europe, to our nation’s capital, to this city by the sea, Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri is known for her expertise in cybersecurity. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Francesca, you’re aware of her passion to educate people of all ages and backgrounds on cybersecurity, and work with companies in all sectors to improve their cybersecurity posture.

    For the third year in a row, Spidalieri led the Pell Center in joining the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign – an effort to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to share useful Spidalieri on WADK1540resources through social media and various events. She spearheaded the initiative for the Pell Center as part of the ongoing Cyber Leadership Project. Over the course of October alone, she published reports in the United States and abroad and locally joined Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Congressman Jim Langevin for a series of roundtable discussions. In addition, she appeared as a guest speaker on the WADK1540 show, “The Business of Newport County,” with Bruce Newbury to discuss the month’s activities and best practices to protect businesses from cyber threats. Finally, Spidalieri continued to engage in discussions on legislature she helped influence and coordinated a rich Cybersecurity Event Series at the Pell Center aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness across industries in Rhode Island.

    The events hosted at the Pell Center were part of the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) – an ongoing effort designed to bring together senior leaders across various industries, including defense, financial services, technology, healthcare, energy, telecommunication, law enforcement, and academia, to discuss the most pressing cyber threats facing corporate and public sector leaders in the digital age; and promoting best practices to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and remediate cyber incidents.

    The RICCI event, “Cybersecurity & the Healthcare Cybersecurity tabletop exerciseIndustry – Current Issues and Practical Guidance,” for instance, focused on the lessons learned from the Cybersecurity and Healthcare tabletop exercise hosted by the Pell Center in May 2017, which explored new approaches to improve practices and relations between boards of directors and security leaders. The moderated conversation that followed featured senior leaders from Lifespan who discussed how good internal relationships can enable organizations to better prevent, respond to, and recover from incidents, and help mitigate cyber-risks. You can read more about the tabletop exercise, along with key issues and recommendations on the latest Pell Center report, “SURVIVING A CYBER ATTACK: Preparedness and Resiliency in Action.”

    Helping to secure government agencies and public services at the federal and state level was also a major area of focus for Spidalieri this month, and a regular topic of study in her research. Rhode Island is taking multiple proactive steps to secure critical infrastructures, modernize legacy systems, prepare and defend its local agencies from cyber Governor Gina Raimondoincidents, grow the state’s cyber workforce, and create a vibrant IT and cybersecurity industry. Spidalieri has been actively engaged in many of the State’s initiatives. She was invited to join the newly-established Congressman Jim Langevin’s Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee, which will provide a forum to foster collaboration and provide input and suggestions to better represent Rhode Island’s cybersecurity interests at the federal level. Spidalieri also participated in a cybersecurity roundtable discussion sponsored by Governor Raimondo, and other members of her Cabinet, for representatives of industry and academia to address cybersecurity workforce development efforts in Rhode Island.

    The Pell Center hosted a Cybersecurity Summit for state electoral officials in collaboration with the RI Board of Elections and RI Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea’s Office. This first-of-its-kind Summit convened over 100 local elections and IT officials from around the State and served to highlight national conversations around elections and cybersecurity, provide an overview of how elections systems work in Rhode Island, and train attendees on best practices to help keep these systems secure. Both Spidalieri and Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center, spoke at the Summit. They helped shed light on the national security concerns related to malicious activities carried out by cyber criminals and foreign-state actors, and on best practices to secure the integrity and confidentiality of our elections.

    Congressman LangevinSpidalieri later appeared along Congressman Langevin at a dedicated cybersecurity event for the  RI Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA). During the seminar, “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – A Practical Approach to Managing and Reducing Cyber Risks,” she provided an overview of both the opportunities and threats of doing business in an era of hyper-mobility and hyper-connectivity, and addressed different approaches to improve the overall security posture of any organization operating in the digital age. She also discussed the RI Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015 – which she helped update and strengthen in 2015.

    PBN Summit Finally, Spidalieri took part in the Annual PBN Cybersecurity Summit, where she discussed the recent Equifax breach and other common cyber risks to businesses, the shortage of a qualified cybersecurity workforce, and lessons learned from the field. Other panelists included Mike Steinmetz, Rhode Island State Cybersecurity Officer and Principal Advisor of Homeland Security; Captain John Alfred, Division’s Cyber Crimes Unit and State Fusion Center of RI State Police; Jeffrey Ziplow, Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Partner; Matt Cullina, CEO of Cyberscout; Jerry Alderman, President, N.E. Region Property and Casualty of Marsh & McLennan; and Lin Foster Freeman, Partner and Chair of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team at Robinson and Cole. The expert panelists were asked about current trends and issues in RI Realtors Association Panelcybersecurity and spoke to their specific areas of expertise.

    Mr. Alderman and Ms. Freeman spoke at the Pell Center earlier in the month on a panel for the RI Realtors Association. During the seminar, “Real Estate in the Age of Persistent Cyber Threat: A Practical Approach to Managing Cyber Risks,” the expert practitioners discussed specific cyber risks to the real estate industry, and addressed disclosure obligations and notification requirements as well as pre- and post-breach best practices. They also explored the current state of the cyber insurance market and available coverage.

     

    Adam Segal

    While many of the Pell Center events were specific to industries, others were aimed at a more general audience. Renowned guest speakers included Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair of Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He discussed his latest book, The Hacked World Order, during a riveting lecture on the geopolitics of cyberspace, the era of ‘fake news’, and the future of the Internet.

    The topic of cybersecurity in general reminds us that no matter what sector or industry, knowing best practices is Student round tableimport globally. Spidalieri contributed an article for the newly established Cybersecurity Observatory at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. In her article, “Italy: Building a Cyber Resilient Society,” she discussed cybersecurity in the European Union and charted a path for Italy to become a cyber-resilient nation able to prosper and be secure in the digital age. Lastly, Spidalieri and Pell Center cybersecurity intern Darwin Salazar, moderated a roundtable discussion with Salve students and faculty. The purpose was to explore the opportunities and risks of living online and being constantly connected. They also included tips on how to stay safe online and use social media wisely.

    Looking back on the jam packed NCSAM, sharing information and resources doesn’t stop here, and neither does Francesca Spidalieri’s involvement and enthusiasm. The Fall 2017 Cybersecurity Event Series continues through December. Please visit the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) webpage for more information on all upcoming events. For additional information, contact Francesca Spidalieri, Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership.

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