Public Policy

  • Pell Center Announces Fall 2014 Events

    The Pell Center will be hosting one lecture, two panel discussions, and one theatrical production during the Fall 2014 semester. Stay tuned for registration details on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter: Tensions in the South China Sea September 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center The South China Sea is a strategic water-way, a collection on uninhabited rocks and shoals, and the scene of rising international tensions … Read More

  • The Valley Breeze | Officials: Program is bringing efficiency, savings

    Earlier this month, The Valley Breeze newspaper wrote an article about Pawtucket leaders crediting the Leadership Matters program to increased efficiency in the city: PAWTUCKET – Using new leadership tools and problem-solving skills, city leaders say they are achieving greater efficiency, smarter use of budgets, and improved relationships between departments. “Not all of Pawtucket’s bridge improvements are built of concrete and steel,” said Mayor Donald Grebien. “Building bridges between our … Read More

  • Online Privacy and the Fourth Amendment, Malaysia Airlines |Picks of the Week

      Users’ Privacy and Online Content NOT Protected by the Fourth Amendment The US Decides Everything Digital Is Not Protected By The Fourth Amendment | Business Insider Government’s Brief in Support of the Magistrate Judge’s Decision to Uphold a Warrant Ordering Microsoft to Disclose Records Within Its Custody and Control | U.S. States District Court Southern District of New York Obama Administration Says the World’s Servers Are Ours | ArsTechnica … Read More

  • Independence Day and The Role of Government | Picks of the Week

    Independence Day We’re No. 1?  Americans Increasingly Don’t Think So | The Washington Post Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them | Bill Moyers We Need a Citizen-Maker Movement | The Huffington Post The two separate Pew surveys cited in these articles are intimately related.  They tell us something about Americans and our institutions, but they tell us more about our leaders.  For a lot of Americans, … Read More

  • Senator McCain Discusses “America’s Global Leadership”

    Earlier this month, Senator John McCain spoke at the U.S. Naval War College about the importance of America’s role as a global superpower. The event, co-hosted by the Naval War College and the Pell Center, was held in the Spruance Auditorium and was well-attended by the public. Following introductions made by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Salve Regina University president Sister Jane Gerety, McCain began by stating the world we live in … Read More

  • World War I, Climate Change and World Cup Hacktivism | Monday Reads

    100 Years After the Start of World War I The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever | The New York Times 40 Maps that explain World War I | Vox Scars of World War I Linger in Europe on Eve of Centennial | The Wall Street Journal The defining event of the 20th century is not the Second World War, but the first.  The … Read More

  • The Battle for Cyberspace, Climate Adaptation, and Iraq |Monday Reads

    China and America’s Battle in Cyberspace: Hyper or Reality? China and America’s Dangerous Battle in Cyberspace | The National Interest American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute | The New York Times Five Myths About Chinese Hackers | The Washington Post New charges of Chinese military units conducting “targeted economic espionage campaigns” against U.S. and European industries are stirring up a cycle of accusation and counteraccusation between the … Read More

  • Cybersecurity Risk, Political Polarization, and Return of al-Qaeda |Picks of the Week

    Cybersecurity as a Leadership Issue Exclusive: U.S. companies seek cyber experts for top jobs, board seats | Reuters If You Think Cybersecurity Is ‘Just an IT Problem,’ Prepare to Get Owned | NextGov Cyber Security Risk: Perception vs. Reality in Corporate America | Wired “High-profile data breaches such as the one at Target are injecting a new sense of urgency for U.S. companies to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and … Read More

  • Our Culture’s Role in the Tragedy in Isla Vista

    The results of May 23 are yet another example of the blatant need for mental health care reform in the United States. The shooting in Isla Vista, California reminded us of numerous other issues, bullying, gun control, and equality, but none more critical then mental health care. Based on the number of videos, articles, tweets, and shares out there, almost all of these issues have and are being addressed by … Read More

  • Introducing | “Picks of the Week” by the Pell Center Fellows

    Whether it’s cybersecurity or economics, the Pell Center fellows are highly active thought leaders in their fields. Starting this week, the Pell Center fellows will be sharing articles that caught their interest in their area of expertise: Cybersecurity Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain: Microsoft report analyzes impact of today’s decisions on future of global cybersecurity | WinBeta “It is fundamental to reflect on the relationship between cybersecurity and socio-economic conditions to … Read More

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