International Relations

  • After His Holiness: Tibet, Reincarnation Politics and the Future of Sino-Indian Relations

    The relationship between China and India is widely considered one of the most consequential of the twenty-first century.  The impact of China’s repressive policies in Tibet however, is often overlooked.  In his recent article published in Survival, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ journal for global politics and strategy, Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman examines how Chinese influence in Tibet and its desire to exert control over the Dalai … Read More

  • New Papers in Series on Timor-Leste Published

    Newport, RI – Today the Pell Center released two new papers on the foreign policy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Finding Partners: Timor-Leste’s Evolving Security Ties with Southeast Asia, authored by Natalie Sambhi, explores how Timor-Leste’s sense of geopolitical vulnerability, as a young democracy in an increasingly rivalrous region—when coupled with a number of pressing domestic imperatives—has played a key role in shaping its strategic outlook. Ms. Sambhi is … Read More

  • Leaving the Syrian Civil War

    We’re going to get out of the Syrian war the same way we got in: without a strategy to do so. I’ve said before that the president’s refusal to engage in a policy process is troublesome in the extreme. Structured policy processes serve to add discipline to a decision-making process, to surface unintended consequences, and to ensure that whatever decisions are made for the nation are thoroughly vetted and thought-through. … Read More

  • Rethinking Cyber Training

    Rethinking Cyber Training for the Non-Cyber Warrior: Conference Summary and Conclusions

    NEWPORT R.I. – Today the Pell Center released the summary and conclusions from the “Victory Over and Across Domains: Cyber Training for the Non-Cyber Warrior” conference held on September 6-7, 2018 at Salve Regina University. The conference convened an interdisciplinary group of experts from the United States, Australia, France, and Canada to discuss how best to train the non-cyber warfighter to fight in— and through—an increasingly contested and complex battlespace … Read More

  • Rochambeau Dialogue Conference

    Rochambeau Dialogue Consensus Statement Released

    Newport, RI – Today the Pell Center released the consensus statement of the first round of the Rochambeau Dialogue which was held in partnership with the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique, at Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI, from Sunday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Over the course of the dialogue, the bipartisan group of participants—which included a mix of foreign and defense officials from both countries, as … Read More

  • John Kerry on live set of Story in the Public Square

    John Kerry tapes special episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Silence filled the great hall of Ochre Court. The cameras rolled and the audience sat in hushed anticipation of the special guest. On October 10, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry filmed a special edition episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina President Sister Jane Gerety gave the opening remarks welcoming the Secretary to the University. … Read More

  • Mark Blyth on Story in the Public Square

    Why American Debt is Good with Mark Blyth

    Rebroadcast Dates: December 29-30, 2018 Original Air Dates: September 15-17, 2018 One of the most persistent ideas in the politics of the West, whether we’re talking about Europe or the United States, is that government debt is best attacked through reducing government spending. Mark Blyth, warns though, that “austerity,” as such plans are known, is a historically dangerous idea. Blyth received his PhD in political science from Columbia University in … Read More

  • C.J. Chivers on Story in the Public Square

    Stepping into Battle with Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist C.J. Chivers

    Rebroadcast Dates: October 6-8, 2018 Originally aired: August 18, 2018 Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.7 million Americans have fought America’s battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris Chivers has written a searing, new account of those wars and the men and women who have served in them. Chris (C.J.) Chivers is a senior writer at The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. He … Read More

  • Molly McKew on "Story in the Public Square"

    The Weaponized Narrative with Molly McKew

    Air Dates: August 11-13, 2018 “Weaponized narrative” is a relatively new term surfacing over the last couple of years, but information has long been an element of national power and a weapon when employed by skilled operators. Guest, Molly McKew warns the United States and its Western allies face a foe tremendously skilled and motivated in the use of information as a weapon. Molly K McKew is a foreign policy … Read More

  • Caroline Orr on Story in the Public Square

    Caroline Orr Gets to the Core of Disinformation

    Air Dates: July 28-30, 2018 According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States. Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist, researcher, … Read More