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    As U.S. States Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity, Federal Government Slashes U.S. Leadership in Cyberspace

    “38 Governors Sign ‘a Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity’” | Government Technology “Tillerson to Shut Cyber Office in State Department Reorganization” | Bloomberg “Top State Cyber Official to Exit, Leaving a Myriad Questions” | Politico Rhode Island recently hosted the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting, during which 38 state governors pledged to make cybersecurity a top priority and agreed to further develop statewide plans to enhance cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend their states from cyber incidents, … Read More

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    Trump, de Tocqueville, and Loyalty: Picks of the Week

    The Emails of Donald Trump, Jr. | New York Times Conspiracy or Coincidence: A Timeline Open to Interpretation | The New York Times Trump Revives his Playbook for Fighting Government Probes | Politico In late January of 2017, just a week after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump invited then-FBI Director James Comey to dinner at the White House.  In private accounts and in public testimony, Comey described his … Read More

  • India, China and differing conceptions of the maritime order by Iskander Rehman June 2017

    Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman: India and China have Differing Views on Maritime Issues

    Newport, R.I. – Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman recently released his latest report, “India, China, and differing conceptions of the maritime order,” through The Brookings Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS). The law of the sea is one of the structural pillars of the international order. The complex rules and norms that govern freedom of navigation and maritime economic activity have played a crucial role in maintaining … Read More

  • Jim Ludes, G. Wayne Miller interview Daphne Matziaraki on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    Daphne Matziaraki on “Story in the Public Square” June 24, 2017

    Each year, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University presents the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to a storyteller whose work makes a vital contribution to the public dialogue. This year, we honor Daphne Matziaraki, a documentary filmmaker who reminds us of our shared humanity. Born and raised in Greece, Daphne Matziaraki holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from the University of Bristol, United … Read More

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    Our Automated Life: Picks of the Week

    California’s would-be governor prepares for battle against job-killing robots | The Guardian How automation is going to affect jobs in pharma, core, auto and consumer sector | The Economic Times One of Europe’s most influential investors gave a brutal example of how AI could wipe out white-collar jobs | Business Insider   Last week, YouTube channel Kurzgesgat (German for “in a nutshell”) released a video titled “The Rise of the … Read More

  • Daphe Matziaraki accepts Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Daphne Matziaraki Accepts the 2017 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – Standing in front of a sold-out audience on June 5, 2017, documentary filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki accepted the 2017 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. Matziaraki, whose short documentary “4.1 Miles” was nominated for an Academy Award, returned to her native Greece to capture footage of the refugee … Read More

  • Thomas Patterson speaks with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on Story in the Public Square

    June 17, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    The media’s role in modern American politics is that of investigator, arbitrator, and even king maker. Guest Thomas Patterson argues that, contrary to popular belief, media bias is not about left and right, but about positive and negative. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, The Vanishing … Read More

  • Map with yellow pin stuck in Doha, Qatar

    Easy Hack May Spark Next Middle Eastern Conflict: Picks of the Week

    The Hack that Caused a Crisis in the Middle East Was Easy | Motherboard News Agency Hack Blamed for Diplomatic Meltdown in Qatar | CSO Online US Suspects Russian Hackers Planted Fake News Behind Qatar Crisis | CNN Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War? | Foreign Policy A cybersecurity incident at the Qatar News Agency (QNA) may have been the cause behind the sudden diplomatic break between Qatar and multiple Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, … Read More

  • Jim Ludes, G. Wayne Miller interview Butch Rovan on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    June 10, 2017 “Story in the Public Square”

    Music and art, like storytelling, are distinctively human creations. Guest Joseph “Butch” Rovan works in both media to tell stories, challenge assumptions, and explore our humanity. Joseph Butch Rovan is the faculty director of the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), a new program at Brown University that supports forward-thinking and cutting-edge artists – including those whose work responds to contemporary issues and creates awareness of them. In addition to directing the … Read More

  • World leaders gathered to discuss NATO

    Welcome to the Chinese Century: Picks of the Week

    America First Doesn’t Mean America Alone | The Wall Street Journal The most extraordinary op-ed of 2017 | The Washington Post China’s One Belt, One Road: An Ambitious Strategy Challenging the U.S. | American Security Project Last week, the President of the United States returned from his first trip abroad in office, with his staff loudly proclaiming the trip a huge success.  Of course, such assessments all depend on how … Read More

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