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    Will 2017 finally be the year of cybersecurity? Picks of the Week

    From Awareness to Action: A Cybersecurity Agenda for the 45th President | CSIS Russian Hacking Illustrates Increasing Role of Cybersecurity in Geopolitical Warfare | The Hill In 2017, real action on cybersecurity will happen after loss of life | CSO Online Cybersecurity stories dominated the headlines in 2016, so it is unsurprising that new reports and many cybersecurity experts claim that 2017 will see continued nation-state cyber attacks, bigger and … Read More

  • Iskander Rehman publishes paper entitled "A Himalayan Challenge"

    Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman Published in Naval War College Review

    Newport, R.I. – Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman recently published an article entitled, “A Himalayan Challenge: India’s Conventional Deterrent and the Role of Special Operations Forces Along the Sino-Indian Border,” in the 2017 Winter Naval War College Review. Dr. Rehman’s article aims to give a clearer picture of the security dynamic along the Sino-Indian border. It draws on field trips to the Himalayan border states of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, … Read More

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    This is War: Picks of the Week

    The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. | The New York Times Trump Falsely Says U.S. Claim of Russian Hacking Came After Election | The New York Times What you need to know about Trump and Russia | Politico The United States has been attacked.  The integrity of our electoral system has been assaulted by a Russian influence operation that, according to media reports of classified briefings, was … Read More

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    “Truth: The First Casualty” – The 2016 National Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – The assault on fact and truth in public life, fueled by fake news and propaganda, has been named the 2016 National Story of the Year by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “The Story of the Year identifies the most important narrative to emerge in public life in the previous 12 months,” said G. Wayne Miller, visiting fellow at the Pell Center and director of the … Read More

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    The Onus of Choice: Picks of the Week

    Facebook Wants Users to Help It Weed Out Fake News | Forbes Jack Dorsey says Twitter is not responsible for Trump’s election, but it’s ‘complicated’ | CNBC Reddit moves against ‘toxic’ Trump fans | BBC Twitter bans multiple ‘alt-right’ accounts | engadget 2016 was not a good year to be a tech company. Twitter’s struggling to profit, Facebook is still reeling from its massive fake news debacle, and major web … Read More

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    ‘Truck tolls’ roads, bridges plan named R. I. Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious and controversial plan to modernize aging state roads and bridges – in part, through the imposition of tolls on trucks – has been voted the 2016 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year. Raimondo’s blueprint, approved by the General Assembly in February, was selected by a panel of 19 judges from the media and academia. Runners-up in the annual contest were the … Read More

  • Tearing up trade agreements won't help workers

    Tearing Up Trade Agreements Won’t Help Workers: A More Responsible Approach Just May

    Newport, R.I. – The current heated debate over international trade is the outcome of a flawed public policy and political framework. With growing public sentiment against trade and political leaders on both the left and right opposing international trade agreements, the United States needs a new approach to international trade that addresses the inequities many believe damage America’s national interest while preserving the good that trade does in the world. … Read More

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    Truth is the First Casualty: Picks of the Week

    Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ | The Washington Post Trump takes credit for saving Ford factory that was not closing | The Guardian Megyn Kelly tells ‘The View” how she felt when Trump was elected president | The Daily Beast Feelings are the hobgoblins of American politics.  Voters “feel” like one candidate will do a better job than another.  Voters … Read More

  • The Rise of Far Right Populism in the West: Picks of the Week

    Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism: Economic Have-Nots and Cultural Backlash | Ronald F. Inglehart and Pippa Norris The Ruthlessly Effective Rebranding of Europe’s New Far Right | The Guardian The Power of Populism | Foreign Affairs Podcast What the Right’s Intellectuals Did Wrong | The New York Times   In a singularly thoughtful working paper, Ronald F. Inglehart of the University of Michigan and Pippa Norris from the Harvard Kennedy school set out … Read More

  • We Know What a Fair Election Looks Like

    In a remarkable election season, with one candidate speaking frequently about voter fraud and “rigged” elections, we asked an experienced international election observer how we would know if the election was fair.  Here is his response. Standing amidst the rubble of war, a woman stood against a cold and bitter wind. I asked the woman why she stood patiently waiting in a line with hundreds of her neighbors. “I have … Read More

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