Public Policy

  • Xi Jinping and President Trump

    Authoritarian Powers in the Age of America First

    PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order” | Aaron L. Friedberg “Making China Great Again” | The New Yorker “The Rise and Rise of Viktor Orban” | The Financial Times  “A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite” | The New York Times   In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, Western policy elites—basking in the glow of their perceived success—came to believe that the … Read More

  • Timothy Edgar on Story in the Public Square

    Timothy Edgar on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: February 10-11, 2018 When Patrick Henry stood up in the Virginia House of Burgesses and said, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” he crystallized for all time the critical tension between security of the state and the desire of all people to breathe free. Guest, Timothy Edgar, has worked to help resolve those tensions at the National Security Agency and in the White House of President Barack … Read More

  • Russian Hacking

    We Knew Russia Attacked American Democracy Before Election Day 2016

    Picks of the Week “Trump-FBI feud over classified memo erupts into open conflict” | Washington Post “Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in U.S.-elections” | deVolksrant “Senator Urges Fellow Republicans to Heed Warnings on Releasing Secret Memo” | The New York Times   For weeks, one of the trending hashtags pushed by a network of known Russian bots has been #ReleaseTheMemo. The memo in question is a summary … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture

    Spring 2018 Event Series Announced

    With the spring semester in full swing we are excited to announce our Spring 2018 Event Series! The events feature a range of topics including Trump’s U.S. foreign policy, exploring new technologies emerging in electronic warfare, and gender issues in today’s U.S. military. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 … Read More

  • Teja Arboleda on Story in the Public Square

    Teja Arboleda on “Story in the Pubic Square”

    Air Dates: February 3-4, 2018 For generations, one of the central stories of American identity has been that our diversity is our strength. That story is being openly challenged by those who see America’s changing demographics as a threat. Teja Arboleda uses storytelling to celebrate diversity and challenge those who would dismiss its value. Teja Arboleda is the president of Entertaining Diversity, Inc. which focuses on diversity and inclusion programming … Read More

  • Sulome Anderson on Story in the Public Square

    Sulome Anderson on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: January 20-21, 2018 Even in the age of social media, we rely on journalists to find and tell the stories of people stuck in extreme circumstances. Joining us this week is one of the best of a new generation of journalists, Sulome Anderson. Anderson is a journalist and author based between Beirut, Lebanon, and New York City. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Anderson regularly … Read More

  • Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro

    Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: January 6-7, 2017 The history of the period between the first and second World Wars reads like a tragedy, progressing from the horror of war, to an idealistic hope for lasting peace, before descending into cataclysm. This week’s guests seize on one of the most idealistic moments in that history; the diplomacy to outlaw war. Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro argue that its importance far exceeds the respect … Read More

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    Year in Review on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 30-31, 2017 In the last year, Story in the Public Square brought you scholars, journalists, novelists, movie makers and more. Some of the stories they shared made us laugh. Others caused us worry and even anger. All of them helped us understand public life in the United States today. Over 48 episodes in the previous 12 months, we’ve had the opportunity to talk about big issues facing … Read More

  • Donald Trump speaking

    The End of Moderate Conservatism: Foreign and Domestic Ramifications

    As a tumultuous year comes to a close, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman takes a deep look at some of the more profound transformations underway under the Trump administration—whether  in the realm of politics or foreign affairs.   Rise of the Reactionaries: The American Far Right and U.S. Foreign Policy Many of Trump’s core foreign policy beliefs are less unique than they seem at first, stemming from a longstanding reactionary tradition … Read More

  • Evelyn Farkas

    Evelyn Farkas on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 16-17, 2017 Since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has announced a “Story of the Year,” the narrative that had the biggest impact on American public life in the preceding 12 months. This week we’re joined by, Evelyn Farkas, whose work in and out of government gives her special insight into this year’s top story. Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is a nonresident senior fellow at … Read More

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