Public Policy

  • Picks of the Week | ISIS as Cyber Threat and its Will to Fight

    The Breaking of Will James Clapper: We underestimated the Islamic State’s ‘will to fight’| The Washington Post The Battle Against the Islamic State is not ours to Fight or Win | The Washington Post The Manual that Chillingly Foreshadows the Islamic State | The Washington Post War is not about the killing of people, the destruction of buildings, or the disablement of machinery.  War is about the breaking of will. … Read More

  • 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

  • Picks of the Week | Global Warming Denial and The Language of War

    Global warming denial in Texas schoolbooks Analysis of Climate Change in Proposed Social Studies Textbooks for Texas Public Schools | National Center for Science Education Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change | The Guardian A new report out from the National Center for Science Education takes issue with the “education” that future Texas sixth-graders will receive on the topic of global warming. New textbooks currently … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Dealing with Extremists, Racial Misperception, and Apple Pay

    Apple Pay: revolutionary innovation or new security breach target? How Safe Can Apple Pay Really Be? | Gizmodo Retail Experts See Hurdles to Apple Pay Adoption | Forbes After nude celebrity hacking, Apple’s Tim Cook says company will improve security | The Washington Post Apple finally unveiled its latest smartphone—the iPhone 6—and its much-anticipated Apple Watch this week. While the first outside look at these products may be big news, the … Read More

  • DoD on Cybersecurity, Homelessness and Obama Administration Strategy | Picks of the Week

    DoD Focus on Cybersecurity and Innovation In Newport, Hagel says defense establishment must push for greater innovation | The Providence Journal Pentagon to introduce reforms for speedier buying  | Washington Business Journal   Five Questions with Francesca Spidalieri | Providence Business News As Congressional, Pentagon, and industry leaders gather in Newport this week to take part in the Defense Innovation Days Conference and discuss the future of innovation and technology in … Read More

  • Perception of Immigration, U.S. Policy and Islamic State | Picks of the Week

    Immigration and the Economy Government, Economy, Immigration Are Top U.S. Problems | Gallup The data on white anxiety over Hispanic immigration: What drives American views on immigration is often not pretty | The Washington Post Facts About Immigration and the U.S. Economy | Economic Policy Institute A Gallup poll released last week says that Americans currently feel that immigration is one of the top problems facing the United States. The finding, … Read More

  • Advocates' Academy

    Pell Center Launches New Program for Policy Advocates

    The Pell Center’s Advocates’ Academy seeks to help nonprofit policy advocates create a more engaged and informed public dialog.   NEWPORT, R.I. − This fall, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will launch the Advocates’ Academy, a skill- and coalition-building program for nonprofit communicators. The Advocates’ Academy is designed to help policy advocates in both the public and nonprofit sectors who seek to more effectively engage and inform audiences, … Read More

  • Ebola, Racial Bias, Militarization of Police | Picks of the Week

    The Ebola Outbreak and Global Health Unseating the First Horseman | The Economist The Ebola Outbreak Shows Why the Global Health System is Broken | Bloomberg BusinessWeek The Top 3 Public Health Trends in Africa | Forbes The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spread alarm across the globe. The world concern has shed light on global health and the state of the health systems of individual countries. When it … Read More

  • The Role of Policy Change and The Current Politics of National Security | Picks of the Week

    Central Role of Policy Change This is climate change: Ohio’s water crisis was a manmade disaster | Salon Inequality: Don’t Blame the Market | Center for Economic and Policy Research Two commentaries from this past week – one from Salon and one from the Center for Economic and Policy Research – remind us that the choices we make as a society, i.e. through public policy, have profound consequences in every … Read More

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