Public Policy

  • Picks of the Week | Putin’s Coup, Sea Level Rise and Florida

    Ben Judah’s “Putin’s Coup” Putin’s Coup | Politico There are weeks when I’m just not able to read and digest as much as I might like.  This was one of those weeks.  But I did read one article worth sharing—Ben Judah’s “Putin’s Coup” in Politico Magazine.  The article is important because of what it tells us about Putin’s worldview and the perils resurgent in Eastern Europe. It’s a long read, … Read More

  • Pell Center forum discusses choices for a better economy

    Earlier this week, a full-house audience at the Pell Center heard the perspectives of two experts – Doug Hall of the National Priorities Project and Kate Brewster of the Economic Progress Institute (Providence) – on how we make choices to shape our economy. Brewster and Hall talked about the continuing economic difficulties facing many Americans and specifically, Rhode Islanders, and agreed on a number of ideas about the current challenges … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Cybersecurity Education for Children and The Battle Against Extremists

    Cybersecurity Education K Through Life Growing Up in a Connected World | Fraud Avengers Security Education K Through Life | Dark Reading Professionalizing Cybersecurity: A path to universal standards and status | Pell Center The bottom line with cybersecurity is that no country, industry, community, or individual will ever be fully secure against cyber risks. This is because we simply cannot eliminate all the vulnerabilities inherent to a realm as … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Attitudes Towards Science, Ebola News Coverage, U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS

    Attitudes Towards Science What Scientists Really Do | New York Review of Books Media “Echo Chambers” and Climate Change | Yale University A current article in the New York Review of Books addresses Americans’ attitudes towards science. On one hand, we say we tend to trust and value scientific findings, and on the other hand, we’re willing to throw out scientific perspectives if they clash with other priorities such as … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion | Creating Good Jobs and Broad Prosperity

    The economy will be a top priority in the November elections—nationally and in Rhode Island—and candidates everywhere are talking about how to improve it. Although President Obama has canceled his engagement at Rhode Island College to speak about the economy, we invite you to continue the discussion with the Pell Center and experts from the Economic Progress Institute and the National Priorities Project about how we can create a better economy … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Extreme Weather Events and Hong Kong Protests

    Global Warming and Specific Weather Events Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change | The New York Times Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 From A Climate Perspective | American Meteorological Society A new collection of studies published by the American Meteorological Society (and reported on in the New York Times and elsewhere) includes several that draw causal links between global warming and specific extreme weather events – particularly, … Read More

  • 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

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