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  • Energy Geopolitics: Thinking about China’s Defense Spending

    Webster’s defines “geopolitics” as: a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state a governmental policy guided by geopolitics a combination of political and geographic factors relating to something (as a state or particular resources) And during the Cold War we talked about geopolitics, or so it seemed, with a lot more frequency than we … Read More

  • New Event: Healthcare Reform and Rhode Island

    On Monday, April 30, 2012, the Pell Center for International Relations will host a half-day conference on the state of healthcare reform in Rhode Island.  Featuring keynote remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and a who’s-who of healthcare officials and policy makers, the conference is intended to take stock of what’s planned and what’s possible as we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The … Read More

  • Dennis Weichel: American Hero

    Specialist Dennis Weichel of the Rhode Island National Guard is an American Hero.  He deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda.  He died saving a little girl from being struck by a truck. After more than ten years of persistent conflict around the world, there are some who would say that we have grown desensitized to the loss of American lives overseas.  But Specialist Weichel, the father … Read More

  • Energy, Iran, and Cybersecurity: Up-coming events at the Pell Center

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM Energy Geopolitics: Supply, Demand, and U.S. Foreign Policy with William Sweet, Author and Journalist (a joint event with Newport CIV) In the last year, global energy markets were shaken by Middle East instability while Japan grappled with the worst nuclear power disaster in history.  The future of energy is a future of increasing demand and pressure on supplies, whether political, environmental, or economic.  … Read More

  • Quick Hit: Shadow War between Israel and Iran not so Shadowy

    Over the last several years, scientists associated with Iran’s nuclear program have been killed in a series of attacks.  According to NBC News, the United States believes Israel is behind these killings–part of a shadow war to slow or halt Iran’s nuclear program. Just last month, the Washington Post reported: A scientist linked to Iran’s nuclear program was killed in his car by a bomb-wielding assailant on Wednesday [January 11, … Read More

  • Roundtable: What does American “strength” mean in the 21st century?

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy presents its second roundtable for the spring 2012 semester. This roundtable will focus on the question posed by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius: What does American “strength” mean in the 21st century?  Is it a recovery of the kind of power and prerogative the United States had, say, in the Ronald Reagan years?  Or is it something more aligned with changes … Read More

  • Quick Hit: ‘We the People’ Losing Appeal

    I read this story in the New York Times on Monday and found it both fascinating and troubling. “We the People” Loses Appeal with People Around the World” Here’s a brief quote: In 1987, on the Constitution’s bicentennial, Time magazine calculated that “of the 170 countries that exist today, more than 160 have written charters modeled directly or indirectly on the U.S. version.” A quarter-century later, the picture looks very … Read More

  • Opinion: The Politics of National Interest

    The “Halftime in America” ad from Chrysler that I found so compelling angered Karl Rove. Go figure. You could simply chalk it up to different political perspectives—and that might be true, but not in the way you would think.  I’ll explain. Democrat or Republican, I’m drawn to candidates who put the nation ahead of party.  Liberal or conservative, I’m attracted to public servants who seek common solutions to common problems.  … Read More

  • Quick Hit: Halftime in America

    Forget about the football game last night–I know I’m trying to.  The halftime ad from Chrysler with Clint Eastwood was remarkable, though, not simply for it’s length and expense, but for its emotional power. It’s halftime America, and our second half is about to begin. It tapped something basic in the psyche of America: the idea that hard times don’t define us; that together we can do anything; that tomorrow … Read More

  • ANALYSIS: How do you solve a problem like Iran?

    The confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program appears to be heading toward a crescendo—and that’s not the same as a resolution. To be sure, talk of western or Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear program has been at a low boil for years, now.  In recent weeks, however, the intensity has increased and spiked on Thursday, February 2, when Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote: [U.S. Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta believes … Read More

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