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  • Close up of a political map of Brazil focused on Rio de Janeiro with a blue push pin.

    No Fun and Games for Rio

    On October 2, 2009 celebrations erupted on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach as the International Olympic Committee confirmed the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. For Brazil, having the privilege to host the most high profile sporting event in the world was the final endorsement the country needed to prove its hard-fought rise to the top. At the time, the Brazilian economy was booming under its highly … Read More

  • Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri looks away from the camera at a cybersecurity conference in Rome, Italy.

    Senior Fellow Engages with International Cybersecurity Community

    Newport, R.I. — Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spent the month of June traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East to speak at three different international conferences on cybersecurity and to engage with world-renowned experts and policy-makers shaping the future of Internet governance and security.  Spidalieri shares her account of the trip: Capitalizing on the research carried out in the past year on cyber leadership development and countries’ cyber preparedness … Read More

  • Pell Center Prize winner Javier Manzano speaks from the podium during an event for the acceptance of his award.

    Witness: Photographer and Filmmaker Javier Manzano Receives 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – One day in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012, Javier Manzano was in a car driving along a road.  He found himself in one of the world’s most dangerous places because he is a photojournalist and there was a story to tell. As they drove, he saw the road in front of him erupt as a Syrian Air Force bomb detonated.  His car screeched to a halt and as … Read More

  • The Pell Center's Executive Director Jim Ludes and the Providence Journal's G. Wayne Miller sit down with photojournalist Javier Manzano on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    July 10, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, who recently received the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, will be featured this week on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.” Manzano captures the stories of people all over the world, from American workers who built nuclear weapons for the Cold War to fighters in the Syrian civil war. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography … Read More

  • Symbol of a woman stepping forward out of a column of men

    Women of the Moment at the Moment

    According to a recent business study by Morgan Stanley Capital International, companies with three or more women in leadership roles enjoyed a greater return on equity per year versus companies with less diversity. The study, and many others like it, shows that a diversification of ideas among groups increases the probability of managing and completing goals successfully. Studies like this one are of great value to our nation’s future because … Read More

  • Photograph of a memorial for Jo Cox.

    Picks of the Week: Turn Down the Rhetoric

    Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory that Obama Supports ISIS | ABC News Suspected Killer of British Lawmaker had ties to Neo-Nazi Group, Watchdog Says | Washington Post Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists are Allies so ‘Let Them Kill Themselves’ | Right Wing Watch The flames of political passion are burning white-hot.  Some have questioned the survival of the nation.  Others have said the stakes cut to the core of a people’s identity.  For … Read More

  • Close-up photo of a water droplet impacting the surface of a water bucket.

    Water Privatization: Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

    When thinking about environmental scarcity it is common to think of the depletion of rain forests, the growth in the number of animals on the endangered species list and the deterioration of the ozone layer. However, it is rare, at least in the United States, to consider the scarcity of freshwater resources. The reality is that less than three percent of the world’s water is fresh, and the ability to … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Soldier placing American flag at the base of each stone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Picks of the Week: Memorial Day

    General John Kelly’s Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb | Business Insider Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60 | Reuters Honor the Fallen | Military Times As I write this, the sun is rising on the green woods behind my home.  My dog is lying on a chair next to me, snoring.  I’m well fed and I have enough to drink.  I … Read More

  • Profile image of Scott Bates in front of an American flag.

    Pell Center Expands International Focus with Addition of Foreign Policy Expert Scott Bates

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, as an adjunct fellow. Bates, of Stonington, Connecticut, brings to the Pell Center a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21). “Scott Bates is … Read More