National Security

  • Pell Center Releases “State of the States on Cybersecurity” Report

    Eight States Lead the Rest in Cybersecurity Readiness New Pell Center study establishes benchmarks for state government in meeting the cyber threat Newport, R.I. — Eight U.S. states are leading the rest in cybersecurity readiness.  In a new report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri reviews the efforts of state governments in California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  These states provide … Read More

  • Quick Hit: The President’s Strategy for ISIL Assessed

    In 15 minutes of remarks tonight , President Barrack Obama laid out his strategy to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL.) The president’s much awaited strategy can be condensed to this: Train and equip local forces—whether Iraqi or Syrian—to fight ISIL on the ground. Provide additional American advisors to support these local forces. Use American airpower to support forces on the ground—including … Read More

  • Pell Center and Naval War College to host “An Evening with Senator John McCain”

    NEWPORT, RI ̶ On Thursday, June 12, 2014 the Pell Center and the U.S. Naval War College will host “An Evening with Senator John McCain.” The Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican Party nominee for President will speak in Spruance Auditorium at the Naval War College from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes welcomed the opportunity to host a national hero, saying, “We are delighted to … Read More

  • Watching Ukraine, Thinking about 1956 & U.S. Strategy

    In the summer of 1956, riots broke out in Poznan, Poland, inspired, primarily, by grievances over wage reductions.  The forces of dissent however grew beyond those economic grievances to express discontent with a range of issues, most notably the influence of the Soviet Union and the presence of Soviet forces in Poland.  These local issues were swept up into the Cold War along with the process of de-Stalinization and the … Read More

  • Pell Center Roundtable Discussion: The Crisis in Syria

    About one year ago, the President of the United States declared that the widespread use of chemical weapons in Syria would draw an armed U.S. military intervention.  On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were employed against civilian targets in a suburb of Damascus, Syria.  According to reports, more than 1400 civilians were killed, including more than 400 children.  President Barack Obama responded by calling for an armed international response.  The … Read More

  • New Event: Attack Syria?

    A Conversation about the Strategy and Politics of the Crisis in the Middle East Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM RSVP to pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927 DiStefano Hall, Antone Center (Corner of LeRoy and Lawrence) on the campus of Salve Regina University Featuring Timothy D. Hoyt, Ph.D. Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College and author of the recent article, “How to Attack Syria,” in The National Interest … Read More

  • Where in the world will Edward Snowden go?

    Right now Snowden is playing the waiting game. The infamous NSA leaker partnered with WikiLeaks and filed for asylum in 21 different countries.  Currently camped in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden hopes to find a more permanent refuge from the espionage charges the United States have set on him. Here are the results of his efforts so far: Update: 8/1/2013 Snowden has been granted temporary asylum … Read More

  • Afghanistan End Game: Event Report

    On Wednesday, August 1, the Pell Center and Newport CIV jointly hosted an evening conversation with two prominent experts on the course of the war in Afghanistan.  Dr. Bernard Finel of the National War College and Dr. Mark Jacobson of the German Marshall Fund of the United States engaged an audience of more than 100 people with assessments of where we stand after nearly 11 years of fighting. America’s war … Read More

  • Energy, Iran, and Cybersecurity: Up-coming events at the Pell Center

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM Energy Geopolitics: Supply, Demand, and U.S. Foreign Policy with William Sweet, Author and Journalist (a joint event with Newport CIV) In the last year, global energy markets were shaken by Middle East instability while Japan grappled with the worst nuclear power disaster in history.  The future of energy is a future of increasing demand and pressure on supplies, whether political, environmental, or economic.  … Read More

  • Roundtable: What does American “strength” mean in the 21st century?

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy presents its second roundtable for the spring 2012 semester. This roundtable will focus on the question posed by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius: What does American “strength” mean in the 21st century?  Is it a recovery of the kind of power and prerogative the United States had, say, in the Ronald Reagan years?  Or is it something more aligned with changes … Read More

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