Global Challenges

  • 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

  • G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes interview Karen Tramontano on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    June 3, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    In the aftermath of the Second World War, political leaders built a global system of free trade because they believed it was crucial to world peace.  Like so much of the post-war order, that belief is under assault in the 21st century. Guest Karen Tramontano argues that free trade agreements can serve their original purpose even while helping workers. Karen Tramontano is currently the CEO and co-founder of Blue Star … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes speak with Anthony Leiserowitz on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    May 13, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Anthony Leiserowitz discusses communicating climate change to Americans on this week’s episode.

  • Painting by Eugene Delacroix "La liberte guidant le peuple"

    French Presidential Election: Picks of the Week

      John Oliver on the French Elections | Youtube Interview of French Ambassador Geraud Araud on CNN | CNN A Consequential Choice for France—And an Uncertain One | The Economist Marine Le Pen Leads Far-Right to Make France More French | The New York Times Exclusive Interview: Emmanuel Macron on Brexit, Le Pen and the Teacher Who Became His Wife | The London Times Terror Attack Redefines French Presidential Race … Read More

  • Missiles launch towards Syria on board of USS Porter

    #31 in Trending: U.S Strikes Syria – Picks of the Week

    Brian Williams is ‘guided by the beauty of our weapons’ in Syria strikes | The Washington Post US strikes in Syria launched from USS Porter | YouTube Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria | The New York Times Trump launches military strike against Syria | CNN Politics   Friday morning the number thirty-one top trending video on YouTube, beneath asapSCIENCE: “Are you normal,” celebrities eating hot wings … Read More

  • Combat boots on the ground next to a small American Flag

    Climate Change is a National Security Threat: Picks of the Week

    Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies | The New York Times Trump’s Climate Change Shift is Really about Killing the International Order | The Washington Post Solar Employs More People in U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal and Gas Combined | Forbes For more than a decade, I have studied climate change—not because I am a tree-hugger, polar-bear-loving, environmental activist, but because I am a national security analyst trained to identify … Read More

  • The White House in Washington D.C.

    The Trump Administration’s Mismanagement of the U.S. Alliance Portfolio: Picks of the Week

    Trump Has Provocative Words for Allies: Congress Does Damage Control | The New York Times Germans Now Find US as Trustworthy as Russia: Poll Shows | The Independent British Lawmakers Tell Their PM: Your Groveling in Front Of Trump is Embarrassing | The Washington Post Can Jim Mattis Fix Asia? |  Politico Magazine Mattis the Great, Mattis the Exploited? | War on the Rocks With NSC Shakeup, Bannon Gets a Seat at the Table … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes moderates the lecture about Pope Francis' encyclical letter as panelists Craig Condella, Deb Curtis, Jayme Hennessy, Susan Meschwitz and Chad Raymond look out upon a crowd of Salve students and Newport community members

    Spring 2017 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced our Spring 2017 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 or email with any questions or concerns. Please note, most events this spring will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our March 28, 2017 event, “Rockin’ the … Read More

  • Black and white photo of FDR and Winston Churchill at the Atlantic Conference

    Present at the Destruction: Picks of the Week

    Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address, Annotated | The New York Times Joe Biden is Worried Donald Trump Might Destroy Western Civilization | Vanity Fair “Europe’s fate is in our hands”: Angela Merkel’s defiant reply to Trump | The Guardian In August of 1941, in Placienta Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met and agreed to The Atlantic Charter.  While the United States was not … Read More

  • The People's Liberation Army Navy ship AOR-886 Qiandaohu visiting Stockholm

    Growing Tensions in Sino-US Relations: Picks of the Week

      Not Since Nixon Has a U.S. President Faced Such a Tough China Challenge | The National Interest China to Set Up Asia-Pacific Security Framework Amid Growing Mistrust Among its Neighbors | South China Morning Post China Links Seized Vehicles to Singapore’s Ties to Taiwan | Financial Times Mongolia, With Deep Ties to Dalai Lama, Turns From Him Toward China | The New York Times Taiwan Deploys Fighter Jets as China Enters Taiwan Strait | CNN … Read More

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