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Spring 2020 activities

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May 19, 2020

Activities

Starr Forums explore topics through the lens of Covid-19; Africa and India take on Covid-19; Summer Study Grants; SSP Wednesday Seminars; International Migration Seminar Series; SHASS Infinite Miles Awards; the Policy Lab at CIS completes fifth call for proposals with record turnout. 

Screenshot of Barry Posen being interviewed on tv show

In the News

May 19, 2020

Intervention or restraint: Ruger and Posen debate Kristol and Flournoy

Jacob HeilbrunnThe National Interest

On the American Public Television program “The Whole Truth,” hosted by historian and author David Eisenhower, a panel of leading foreign policy figures, including William Ruger, Michele Flournoy, William Kristol and Barry Posen, recently debated America’s purpose.

Anat Biletzki

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May 19, 2020

precis Interview: Anat Biletzki

Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University, a research affiliate at CIS, and founding co-director of its Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program. In this interview, she describes the work of the human rights and technology program and her book, Philosophy of Human Rights: A Systematic Introduction.

Battle in Iraq

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May 19, 2020

The cult of the persuasive: The organizational origins of US strategy in military assistance

PhD candidate Rachel Tecott explains in her essay that "as long as the White House and the Congress continue to grant the military the autonomy and the resources to perpetuate military assistance projects without serious evaluation...the cult of the persuasive is likely to persist, and US military assistance projects are likely to fail."

Pouya Alimagham and his book

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May 19, 2020

Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a focus on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant. In Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings, he harnesses the wider history of Iran and the Middle East to highlight how activists contested the Islamic Republic's legitimacy to its very core.

Trophy with 2020 medal hanging on it

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May 19, 2020

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

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In the News

May 18, 2020

Former inspector general: Trump is attacking the ‘institution’ of oversight

Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC

Joel Brenner, who served as Inspector General of the National Security Agency under President Bush, tells Lawrence O’Donnell the firing of several inspectors general shows President Trump believes all government officials owe him “personal loyalty.”

screenshot of Joel Brenner with bookcase behind him being interviewed

In the News

May 18, 2020

Trump’s ‘highly unusual’ politicization of government watchdogs

Yamiche AlcindorPBS News Hour

President Trump has fired three inspectors general recently, including State Department watchdog Steve Linick on Friday. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Joel Brenner, a former national security inspector general and director of national intelligence, about how politicizing the IG role is “all wrong.”

Joel Brenner

In the News

May 15, 2020

Inspectors general: oversight, authority, and removal with Joel Brenner

National Security Law Today

Joel Brenner discusses the Inspectors General role during the Covid-19 crisis and Trump's removal on National Security Law Today.

Political cartoon featuring Godzilla monster but with Trump head blowing flames of tariffs decimating a city with the caption Trumpzilla

In the News

May 11, 2020

National security is in the eye of the beholder

Brad GlossermanJapan Times

Richard Samuels quoted: MIT Professor Richard Samuels describes this as the belief that societies must “organize to defend the wealth of individuals they comprise” — their skills, productive relationships, firms and R&D centers that create their wealth — and argues that this logic has long prevailed in Japan. 

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