Global Challenges

  • Gabriela Domenzain on Story in the Public Square

    Gabriela Domenzain on “Story in the Public Square”

    The politics of immigration reform in the United States are front and center today, with calls for a wall on America’s southern border and news of more aggressive enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Gabriela Domenzain reminds us that these aren’t just policy debates—these are people’s lives we’re debating. The daughter of Mexican immigrant doctors, Domenzain was raised in Miami, where the Spanish and English languages and Hispanic culture … Read More

  • Xi Jinping and President Trump

    Authoritarian Powers in the Age of America First

    PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order” | Aaron L. Friedberg “Making China Great Again” | The New Yorker “The Rise and Rise of Viktor Orban” | The Financial Times  “A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite” | The New York Times   In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, Western policy elites—basking in the glow of their perceived success—came to believe that the … Read More

  • Russian Hacking

    We Knew Russia Attacked American Democracy Before Election Day 2016

    Picks of the Week “Trump-FBI feud over classified memo erupts into open conflict” | Washington Post “Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in U.S.-elections” | deVolksrant “Senator Urges Fellow Republicans to Heed Warnings on Releasing Secret Memo” | The New York Times   For weeks, one of the trending hashtags pushed by a network of known Russian bots has been #ReleaseTheMemo. The memo in question is a summary … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture

    Spring 2018 Event Series Announced

    With the spring semester in full swing we are excited to announce our Spring 2018 Event Series! The events feature a range of topics including Trump’s U.S. foreign policy, exploring new technologies emerging in electronic warfare, and gender issues in today’s U.S. military. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 … Read More

  • Teja Arboleda on Story in the Public Square

    Teja Arboleda on “Story in the Pubic Square”

    Air Dates: February 3-4, 2018 For generations, one of the central stories of American identity has been that our diversity is our strength. That story is being openly challenged by those who see America’s changing demographics as a threat. Teja Arboleda uses storytelling to celebrate diversity and challenge those who would dismiss its value. Teja Arboleda is the president of Entertaining Diversity, Inc. which focuses on diversity and inclusion programming … Read More

  • Data Privacy Day Champion

    Pell Center Champions Data Privacy Day 2018

    For the third year in a row, the Pell Center is participating in Data Privacy Day (DPD) – an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to raise awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. The event commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with these issues. DPD champions recognize and support the principle that all organizations share … Read More

  • Omer Bartov on Story in the Public Square

    Omer Bartov on Story in the Public Square

    Air Dates: January 26-27, 2018 “What would I have done?”  It’s a central question in the student of history’s imagination when confronted by the horrors of the holocaust. Our guest this week, Omer Bartov, delves deep into the experience of one town in Ukraine changed forever by genocide. Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University. Born in … Read More

  • South Asia Iskander Rehman

    New Horizons, New Risks

    In his contribution to a new edited volume produced by The Stimson Center, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman explores various potential crisis scenarios in South Asia. His chapter titled, New Horizons, New Risks: A Scenario-based Approach to Thinking about the Future of Crisis Stability in South Asia, can be downloaded here. A “tinderbox,” “flashpoint,” or “nuclear nightmare,” no region — barring, perhaps, the Korean Peninsula — has garnered quite as many grim headlines as … Read More

  • Sulome Anderson on Story in the Public Square

    Sulome Anderson on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: January 20-21, 2018 Even in the age of social media, we rely on journalists to find and tell the stories of people stuck in extreme circumstances. Joining us this week is one of the best of a new generation of journalists, Sulome Anderson. Anderson is a journalist and author based between Beirut, Lebanon, and New York City. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Anderson regularly … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

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