Public Policy

  • Picks of the Week | “Citizens United” and SCOTUS, Russian Aggression

    Russian Aggression Understanding Putin’s plans | The Economist Modi listening, Obama assails Putin on Ukraine | The Indian Express In a television interview two months ago, I lamented that despite Russian aggression in Ukraine, U.S. policy in Syria and Iran depended on support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, making Russia, ironically, the “indispensable nation” in American foreign policy.  Despite the teeth in U.S.-backed economic sanctions against Moscow—and on some level, … Read More

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    United We Stand?: Brief Thoughts on the SOTU

    Some of the strongest moments in last night’s State of the Union speech came when the President returned to a basic theme that helped propel him to the White House in the first place – that we are one nation, and that our shared interests are more important than our differences. This hopeful, unifying – not to mention constructive and accurate – perspective was most explicitly highlighted towards the end … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces Upcoming Events for Spring 2015

    Topics to be discussed include “farm-to-table”, science and policy Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center has announced the topics for the 2015 Spring lecture series. All lectures are free and open to public and audience participation is encouraged. The lectures will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production, and Their Consequences will host a panel of speakers to discuss the chain … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Absence of U.S. at Paris March; Redistribution of Taxes

    “Lafayette, We are Here!” America’s Absence | The Providence Journal White House: We should have sent someone to Paris march | USA Today U.S. embarrassed by lack of top-level figure at Paris March | The Washington Post President Obama should have been at the march in Paris.  It was a singular moment in the world’s response to extremism.  It was powerful imagery, a tremendous message, and a lost opportunity for … Read More

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    Advocates’ Academy Leads Communications Training for R.I. Non-Profit Organizations

    Pell Center Program helps Rhode Island non-profits with their marketing and communication strategies Newport, R.I. — Some of Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organizations came together at the Pell Center this past Fall, to practice their skills and develop more effective strategies. The Pell Center’s “Advocates’ Academy,” led by Senior Fellow for Public Policy Joe Grady, helps advocates in both the nonprofit and public sectors find ways of connecting better with … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | The Senate Torture Report

    The Senate Torture Report and the Long Walk Home Report Portrays a Broken CIA Devoted to a Failed Approach | The New York Times Panel Faults CIA Over Brutality and Deceit in Terrorism Interrogations | The New York Times Floor Statement by Senator John McCain on Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Interrogation Methods | John McCain I remember where I was—on a USAirways flight home to DC sometime in … Read More

  • 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

  • Upcoming Lecture | Adapting Waterfront Communities to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms

    On the evening of Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will be hosting three speakers to discuss the challenges of rising sea levels for waterfront businesses and how businesses can implement strategies to prevent or minimize damage. The lecture, “Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Communities to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms,” is part of the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium and the Shoreline Change … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Slavery and Seafood Supply Chains, Future Negotiations with Iran

    Cheap Fish, Slavery, and Supply Chains Era of cheap fish is over, says expert, as industry forced to tackle slavery and overfishing | South China Morning Post Slavery and the Shrimp on your Plate: Thai Seafood Is Contaminated by Human Trafficking | The New York Times Senate Bill No. 657 [California Transparency in Supply Chains Act] For most of us, most of the time, the “supply chains” that bring us … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces New Adjunct Fellows

    NEWPORT, R.I. — The Pell Center Fellows program continues to grow with its addition of  three new adjunct fellows. Ken Bell, Sean Kern, and Angela Siefer will be joining a cohort of scholars and industry professionals whose areas of expertise range from environmental policy and education to international affairs and American political thought. Ken Bell is a cybersecurity engineer at Raytheon, as well an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. … Read More

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