Opinion

  • Impeachment and the Lessons of the Iraq War

    Whether or not to impeach the president is going to be the over-riding question in American politics for the rest of Donald Trump’s time in office.  This question is not going to flame out.  It’s here to stay, and history will judge both Democrats and Republicans by how they handle this most serious question facing the republic. So far, Republicans in the Congress remain publicly united behind the president.  Democrats … Read More

  • Technically True, but Spin

    In 2005, the United States Department of Defense announced a list of excess military bases that it wanted to close as part of a cost-saving measure.  Anyone who has lived near a closed base will appreciate that this is an incredibly disruptive thing for communities who lose an important employer, community members, both in uniform and their families, and a source of pride—an operational military unit in their home-town that … Read More

  • Special Counsel; Independent Thinking

    There is a competition underway to condition the American public’s response, in advance, to whatever Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately reports.  For the president and his allies, the message has been consistent: it’s a “witch hunt.”  For Democrats, after championing the integrity of Mueller’s investigation for months, there seems to be an effort, now, to manage expectations. The president’s use of the term “witch hunt” in relationship to the Mueller … Read More

  • Of Bull Elephants and Mentors

    In the late 1990s, juvenile elephants were killing white rhinos in the game preserves in South Africa. Park rangers were mystified. As they grappled with what to do—including killing several of the offending elephants—the rangers stumbled on a thought: the juvenile elephants had been culled from their original herds and released into new parks without being socialized by older elephants. In effect, they hadn’t learned how to behave properly as elephants. So the … Read More

  • The First Campaign Narrative of 2020

    The 2020 campaign is fully under-way. Democrats and even a few Republicans have announced campaigns and exploratory committees, and campaign narratives are beginning to emerge. Campaign narratives are central to how candidates engage with the public. They provide a framework for understanding developments because the public, once having internalized a narrative, can sort facts and new developments on their own. The narratives that emerge around campaigns are driven by the … Read More

  • SEDUC Teachers in Newport

    Chilean Teachers Arrive In Newport for Professional Development

    July 8th was a perfect morning. The air was crisp; the sky was crystal blue, and the birds were singing. My husband and I raced around the house finishing last minute preparations. He mowed the lawn; I set the brunch table. Summer had shown up – just in time for the Chilean teachers’ arrival. For the past three summers, it has been my honor to work with groups of teachers … Read More

  • Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri

    What is the GDPR and What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?

    Picks of the Week Originally published on White Hawk.  The digital age has ushered new ways to think about privacy issues and any business that uses information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the internet to process, store, communicate, and share data can no longer ignore the risk of data breaches, privacy violations, hacking and other cybersecurity concerns. Indeed, cyber risks affect all industries and markets and can represent an existential … Read More

  • Are the United States and China in a New Cold War?

    The Texas National Security Review recently gathered a group of Asia-watchers and historically-minded scholars to discuss whether the tensions between the United States and China amount to a 21st century Cold War. Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman chaired the roundtable, providing the following introductory essay :   For over two decades, Western academics and policymakers have struggled to define the nature and scope of the challenge posed by China’s rise.1 In the early 1990s, the … Read More

  • Climate change and American

    Continuing Security in the Climate Era

    Redefining Security | Foreign Affairs The Top 15 Countries for Military Expenditure in 2016 | Forbes U.S. Military Puts “Great Power Competition” at Heart of Strategy | Reuters Pentagon Asks for Major Budget Increase Amid Threats from Russia, China and North Korea | CNN   Amidst the threats from North Korea, China, and Russia, the Pentagon is proposing an increase in its military spending power for 2019. If approved, the … Read More

  • Tariffs on steel and aluminum industry

    A 19th Century Hammer versus a 21st Century Nail

    Picks of the Week: “Don’t blame China, Mr. President. Blame the robots” | The Washington Post “Trump Tariffs won’t bring back steel mills” | The Baltimore Sun “How Many American Jobs Could be Lost Thanks to Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs” | Fortune Faced with a profound transformation in the workforce just 18 years into the twenty-first century, the President of the United States has adopted a decidedly nineteenth century tool to meet … Read More