Opinion

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    Mercy Leadership Conference

    Every other year, the Sisters of Mercy host their International Mercy Leadership Conference in the original home of Catherine McAuley on Bagot Street in Dublin.  This year, Salve Regina sent several students to the conference, advertising the opportunity to those involved in Mercy activities such as Mercy in Motion and Sigma Phi Sigma.  Sarah Johnson, 17, Gabrielle Kubba, 18, Caroline Kelley, 18, Campus Minister Mathew Kelly and I traveled to … Read More

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    Ongoing Tensions in Asia: Picks of the Week

    Rodrigo Duterte, Scorned Abroad, Remains Popular in the Philippines | The New York Times If Duterte Kicks Out U.S. Special Operators, A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall | War on the Rocks Vietnam Says No to Foreign Military Base on its Soil | Reuters Everything is Not Well in the South China Sea | The Huffington Post Australia As Donald Trump’s campaign enters its Gotterdammerung phase, our attention has been captured by … Read More

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    Championing Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Picks of the Week

    Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 | The White House How Weak Cybersecurity could Disrupt the U.S. Election | Politico Cybersecurity is just too much trouble for the general public, claims study | TripWire Obama administration accuses Russian government of election-year hacking | Politico   October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a time when participating governments and organizations come together to raise public awareness about cybersecurity, provide … Read More

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    The Unmet Threat to the American Election: Picks of the Week

    AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump backers don’t trust vote count | Associated Press How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election | Time FBI director: Hackers ‘poking around’ voter systems | CNN The evidence of Russia’s efforts to intervene in the American election of 2016 is only mounting.  Members of the U.S. House and Senate have raised the alarm publicly while the Obama administration hedges its bets that the American … Read More

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    The Growing Challenges to the Liberal World Order: Picks of the Week

    American Power and Liberal Order | The National Interest Germany Embraces Realpolitik Once More | War on the Rocks America’s Pacific Pivot is Sinking | The Financial Times Assessment of Obama’s Long Game: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen and Derek Chollet | Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Ambassador Gerard Araud: Discussion at the Watson Institute | Brown University The Bureau Season 1 | Canal+ Productions (available with English subtitles on iTunes).   The National Interest recently released a long excerpt of … Read More

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    Is Russia Trying to Hack American Politics? Picks of the Week

    Powell emails were leaked on a site linked to the Russian government | The Washington Post World Doping Agency Says Russian Hackers Stole Medical Records of Olympic Athletes | The Wall Street Journal How the next President can get cybersecurity right | Passcode The latest edition of the (almost) weekly hacks that appeared on the front pages of the newspapers this week featured the personal emails of former Secretary of … Read More

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    Advice to the Class of 2020: Picks of the Week

      The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation | Oxford University Self-Driving Cars Endanger Millions of American Jobs (And That’s Okay) | Make Use Of   This week, I delivered keynote remarks at Salve Regina University’s academic convocation. An abridged version appears below. Sister Jane, Dr. O’Reilly, members of the board of trustees, University colleagues, distinguished guests, friends and especially members of the class of 2020: thank … Read More

  • Photo of Donald Trump speaking animatedly to the crowd at a campaign rally in St. Louis, Missouri

    Politics vs. Cynicism: Picks of the Week

    Old Trump: Mexicans Are ‘Rapists.’ New Trump: They’re ‘Great People!’ | The Daily Beast Trump Flip Flops on Immigration Again | Outside the Beltway First Read: Trump’s Stunning Flip-Flop on Immigration | NBC News I admire politicians—and that’s not a particularly popular point of view.  Still, I admire politicians, because the best among them understand how to move society forward.  They recognize that working together is essential to solving common … Read More

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    It’s Time for Both Parties to Get Serious about Cybersecurity: Picks of the Week

      U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System from Cyberattacks | The New York Times Political Campaigns need Chief Information Security Officers | Passcode How to Hack the Election in 7 Minutes | Politico Magazine   In the wake of hacks that infiltrated the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign, in addition to the political fallout and the multiple warnings from cybersecurity experts … Read More

  • Flyer of what appear to be JFK's mug shots above text that reads "wanted for treason"

    Stochastic Terrorism: Picks of the Week

      Unfiltered: Voices from Trump’s Crowds | The New York Times Donald Trump Calls Obama ‘Founder of ISIS’ and Says it Honors Him | The New York Times Trump’s Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think | Rolling Stone   Someone is going to get killed. That’s the thought that went through my head in bucolic Vermont this week as I looked out over the mountains at twilight and … Read More

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