International Relations

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    U.S. Jails Serve as “Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons”

    Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says | The New York Times Lawsuits Call Ferguson, Jennings Jails Debtors’ Prisons | St. Louis Post-Dispatch Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on the Smarter Sentencing Act | C-SPAN A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice finds that the majority of people being held in America’s jails are the poor, those suffering from mental illness, … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | U.S. and Ukraine; Scientists vs. the Public; Trans-Pacific Partnership

    American Arms and the War in Ukraine U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Officials Say | The New York Times The Escalation Advocates are Wrong on Ukraine | War on the Rocks Russian engagement in Eastern Ukraine is deepening, and fears are rising that when the conflict will grow in the coming months.  In the United States, an influential Washington think-tank issued a report, calling for the provision of … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable | International Approaches to Education

    Education is a crucial aspect of a nation’s identity and development. However, not all educational systems are the same. Join us on Friday, February 13 in Miley’s Private Dining Room to discuss “International Approaches to Education” lead by Romina Fetta and Christelle Miskizak. Fetta is Salve’s 2014-2015 Fulbright FLTA from Argentina and Miskizak is Salve’s 2014-2015 Fulbright FLTA from France. They will present their countries’ approaches to education with an emphasis … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable | #JeSuisCharlie and Freedom of Speech

    The two gunmen who committed the horrific massacre at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, said that they had “avenged the prophet”, referring to the Prophet Muhammed who had been satirized by the magazine on numerous occasions. In the wake of the attack, Je Suis Charlie (French for “I Am Charlie,”) became a slogan to symbolize those who stood in support of the slain … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Charlie Hebdo

    Gun Laws in France France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims? | The Washington Post Charlie Hebdo Massacre: France Gun Control Debate Unlikely to Spring Up After Paris Shooting, Experts Say | International Business Times Americans expressed shock, anger and sadness over the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on Wednesday. Many also shook their heads and expressed incredulity over the idea that both the bodyguards at the … Read More

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    New Report Compares the U.S. Financing of Higher Education to Global Competitors

    NEWPORT, R.I. – A report published by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University explores how American students finance their education in comparison to students abroad. The four global models of higher education are represented by the United States, England, Japan, and Denmark. The American model of paying for a college education has led to $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. For the most part, college students in other modern … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | North Korea and Sony; Energy and Global Warming; Mental Health and Incarceration

    Did North Korea Really Hack Sony? Did North Korea Really Hack Sony? | Bloomberg Cybersecurity Breaches Raise Questions | The New York Times FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack | Reuters That cyberspace has changed our way of life, the character of national power, the structure of the international system, and the dynamics of geopolitics is no longer up for debate. With cyberspace affecting all these … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Attitudes Towards Science, Ebola News Coverage, U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS

    Attitudes Towards Science What Scientists Really Do | New York Review of Books Media “Echo Chambers” and Climate Change | Yale University A current article in the New York Review of Books addresses Americans’ attitudes towards science. On one hand, we say we tend to trust and value scientific findings, and on the other hand, we’re willing to throw out scientific perspectives if they clash with other priorities such as … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Extreme Weather Events and Hong Kong Protests

    Global Warming and Specific Weather Events Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change | The New York Times Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 From A Climate Perspective | American Meteorological Society A new collection of studies published by the American Meteorological Society (and reported on in the New York Times and elsewhere) includes several that draw causal links between global warming and specific extreme weather events – particularly, … Read More

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    Yoshihara Opens Pell Center’s Fall 2014 Lecture Series with “South China Sea”

    Earlier this month, Toshi Yoshihara, Ph.D., of the U.S. Naval War College discussed China’s capabilities and intentions and the challenge facing U.S. policy in the South China Sea. The lecture, “Tensions in the South China Sea,” gave the audience an overview of the two main island chains and the main conflicts in the Southeast Asia, followed by a Q&A interview with Yoshihara led by Pell Center Executive Director James Ludes, … Read More

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