Global Challenges

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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

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    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

  • Dr. Mark R. Jacobson joins Pell Center as Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announces the addition of Mark R. Jacobson as an adjunct senior fellow. Dr. Jacobson has extensive experience in the federal government, international organizations, and academia working on some of the most complex and politically sensitive national security issues facing the United States. He is currently an advisor at Dūcō and a Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs. … Read More

  • Podcast: Iskander Rehman

    The Pell Center’s newest Senior Fellow, Dr. Iskander Rehman, joins Executive Director Jim Ludes for a podcast discussing Dr. Rehman’s career, research interests, his work at the Pell Center, and more.  

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    Why the Democratic Party hacks should concern all Americans: Picks of the Week

    Dem party hacks shows neither side is serious about cybersecurity | The Hill Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback for the ‘Freedom to Connect’? | Net Politics – Council on Foreign Relations By November, Russian Hackers Could Target Voting Machines | Lawfare   The news that the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign were hacked—allegedly by Russian state-sponsored hackers or proxies—has generated … Read More

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    Expert on Asian Security Issues Iskander Rehman joins Pell Center as senior fellow

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University welcomes Dr. Iskander Rehman as a resident senior fellow specializing in international relations. Dr. Rehman comes to Newport from the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. where he served as a visiting fellow in the International Order and Strategy Program. Previously, Dr. Rehman served as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, D.C., an associate and … Read More

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    Witness: Photographer and Filmmaker Javier Manzano Receives 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – One day in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012, Javier Manzano was in a car driving along a road.  He found himself in one of the world’s most dangerous places because he is a photojournalist and there was a story to tell. As they drove, he saw the road in front of him erupt as a Syrian Air Force bomb detonated.  His car screeched to a halt and as … Read More

  • The Pell Center's Executive Director Jim Ludes and the Providence Journal's G. Wayne Miller sit down with photojournalist Javier Manzano on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    July 10, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, who recently received the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, will be featured this week on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.” Manzano captures the stories of people all over the world, from American workers who built nuclear weapons for the Cold War to fighters in the Syrian civil war. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography … Read More

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    Women of the Moment at the Moment

    According to a recent business study by Morgan Stanley Capital International, companies with three or more women in leadership roles enjoyed a greater return on equity per year versus companies with less diversity. The study, and many others like it, shows that a diversification of ideas among groups increases the probability of managing and completing goals successfully. Studies like this one are of great value to our nation’s future because … Read More

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    Water Privatization: Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

    When thinking about environmental scarcity it is common to think of the depletion of rain forests, the growth in the number of animals on the endangered species list and the deterioration of the ozone layer. However, it is rare, at least in the United States, to consider the scarcity of freshwater resources. The reality is that less than three percent of the world’s water is fresh, and the ability to … Read More

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