National Security

  • Iran? I’ve seen that movie, too

    On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine was at anchor in Havana Harbor when an explosion sank her killing 260 officers and men.  The so-called Yellow Press—led by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer— promptly blamed the Spanish government and cried “Remember the Maine!” In truth, historians remain uncertain about what caused the explosion, but the leading theory is that a fire in one of the coal bunkers on board … Read More

  • The World Is NOT Falling Apart, with Michael Cohen and Micah Zenko

    It’s easy to be convinced by talk show hosts, editorial writers, and politicians that American security hangs on the razor’s edge and that the world is more dangerous, now, than it has ever been. Michael Cohen and Micah Zenko remind us that the facts simply don’t match that narrative.  In fact, they tell us, the world has never been better.  Michael A. Cohen, a columnist for the Boston Globe, and … 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

  • 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

  • Timothy Edgar on Story in the Public Square

    Timothy Edgar on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: February 10-11, 2018 When Patrick Henry stood up in the Virginia House of Burgesses and said, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” he crystallized for all time the critical tension between security of the state and the desire of all people to breathe free. Guest, Timothy Edgar, has worked to help resolve those tensions at the National Security Agency and in the White House of President Barack … Read More

  • Film Screening: The Age of Consequences

    Please join us for an award-winning documentary that examines the intersection of fossil fuels, climate change and national security. ‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the … Read More

  • Dr. Raymond J. Raymond joins Pell Center as Adjunct Fellow

    The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Raymond J. Raymond as an adjunct fellow. A frequent lecturer at Salve Regina University in recent years, Dr. Raymond is an expert on UK, US and European national security and foreign relations issues whose insights are much sought-after at conferences in the United States and around the globe. “We are delighted to have Dr. Raymond affiliated with the Pell … Read More

  • Avoiding a Sea of Fire: Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

    Speakers: Mr. Ankit Panda, Senior Editor at The Diplomat Dr. Terence Roehrig is Professor of National Security Affairs, and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College Dr. Iskander Rehman, Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University In the summer of 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) carried out a series … Read More

  • Warrior Women

    Warrior Women: Science and Tech Edition

    Panelists: Dr. Andrea Limbago, Chief Social Scientist, Endgame Dr. Elizabeth Prescott, Director of Curriculum for Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Moderator: Jennifer McArdle, assistant professor in the Department of Administration of Justice and a Fellow in Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council Throughout history, cycles of technological innovation have fundamentally altered society, with profound implications for national security. From … Read More

  • Pell Center Study Warns Russia Threat is Bigger than the 2016 Election

    Newport, RI – Vladimir Putin’s Russia is engaged in a well-financed and determined campaign to undermine democratic political and social institutions as well as international alliances, and to remove resistance to Russia’s foreign policy objectives. Russia has the motive and the means to do so, according to a new report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “Shatter the House of Mirrors” is based on the proceedings of a closed … Read More