International Relations

  • Photograph of a memorial for Jo Cox.

    Picks of the Week: Turn Down the Rhetoric

    Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory that Obama Supports ISIS | ABC News Suspected Killer of British Lawmaker had ties to Neo-Nazi Group, Watchdog Says | Washington Post Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists are Allies so ‘Let Them Kill Themselves’ | Right Wing Watch The flames of political passion are burning white-hot.  Some have questioned the survival of the nation.  Others have said the stakes cut to the core of a people’s identity.  For … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes speaks with Scott Bates during a podcast.

    Podcast: Scott Bates

      The Pell Center’s newest adjunct fellow, Scott Bates, joins Jim Ludes for a wide-ranging conversation about politics, international relations, and so much more.    

  • Soldier placing American flag at the base of each stone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Picks of the Week: Memorial Day

    General John Kelly’s Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb | Business Insider Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60 | Reuters Honor the Fallen | Military Times As I write this, the sun is rising on the green woods behind my home.  My dog is lying on a chair next to me, snoring.  I’m well fed and I have enough to drink.  I … Read More

  • Profile image of Scott Bates in front of an American flag.

    Pell Center Expands International Focus with Addition of Foreign Policy Expert Scott Bates

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, as an adjunct fellow. Bates, of Stonington, Connecticut, brings to the Pell Center a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21). “Scott Bates is … Read More

  • Image of the front of the White House at nighttime with an American flag flying proudly upon the rooftop.

    Picks of the Week: The Republic Needs Honest Debate, Not Narratives

    The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru | New York Times 10 Problems with that New York Times Magazine Profile of White House Aide Ben Rhodes | New York Magazine How We Advocated for the Iran Deal | Medium   Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine published an article about White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.  Part hagiography, part hatchet-job, the article by David Samuels has … Read More

  • Image of the Statue of Liberty at sunset superimposed over a waving American flag.

    Picks of the Week: Trump’s Worldview

    The Kremlin’s Candidate: In the 2016 Election, Putin’s propaganda network is picking sides | Politico Transcript: Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech | New York Times Trump’s ‘America First’ has ugly echoes from U.S. history | CNN Donald Trump, the businessman turned Republican presidential candidate, gave his first foreign policy speech of the campaign this week, invoking the long-discredited language of “America First,” and suggesting that as president he would reconsider … Read More

  • Photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin at a speaking engagement.

    Picks of the Week: Panama Papers

      The Panama Papers | The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history’s biggest data leak | The Guardian Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | The Guardian   Summary: The Panama Papers is a collection of 11.5 million files (2.6 terabytes of data) that was leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the fourth largest offshore law firm in the world, based in Panama. … Read More

  • Podcast: Jonathan Morgenstein

    Adjunct Fellow Jonathan Morgenstein spoke to Executive Director Jim Ludes via Skype to discuss his work bringing solar power to the Middle East. The goal of Empowerment Solar is to foster energy independence and economic prosperity for individuals and business owners. For more information, visit www.empowermentsolar.com.    

  • Picks of the Week: Cold War Redux? “How could we have let this happen?”

      Russia’s hybrid interference in Germany’s refugee policy | European Council on Foreign Relations Navy aircraft returning to former Cold War base in Iceland | Stars and Stripes NATO to send more forces east to face Russia threat | Stars and Stripes In the long line of American defense secretaries, few stand out for quiet brilliance. One, however, does: William Perry. Unassuming, likable, and brilliant, he’s a student of both global … Read More

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