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Professor Paul Musgrave writes that President Donald Trump’s interactions with the president of Ukraine show that the greatest challenges to post-Cold War liberal order has come from the country — the U.S. — that was supposed to lead it.


A column about the changing ways that political parties raise money quotes Professor Ray J. La Raja who says it’s not too surprising that President Donald Trump has raised more money from small donors because Trump ignites the passions in individual donors.

She is the co-founder and executive director of Sunrise Movement, a movement of young people fighting to stop the climate crisis. She says Sunrise has “catapulted” the Green New Deal into the national spotlight.

A team of researchers headed by Chaitra Gopalappa, an engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, including Professor Dean Robinson has been awarded a four-year, $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Health program to develop a multi-disease model of interrelated diseases for studying the impact of public health investments on overall health. This multidisciplinary project involves engineering, computer science, and social sciences research aimed at building new decision-analytic models for informing national and global public health decisions.

Professor Charli Carpenter details several significant U.S. violations of international law in recent history. She lays out the many ways in which the United States is able to escape accountability for such actions, as well as possible venues for achieving justice in the future, some of which have indeed been effective elsewhere. Professor Jamie Rowen explains the complexity of war crime charges against U.S officials in U.S courts and the problematic to address them as international crimes. Read more here.

Meredith Loken is a 2019-2020 non-resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Modern War Institute is a research center at West Point devoted to the study of contemporary conflict. 

Anthony Rentsch, Political Science B.A. 2018, is lead author on this article that was just accepted for publication at Public Opinion Quarterly. The article, co-authored by Brian F. Schaffner and Justin H. Gross, grew out of Anthony's honors thesis in the Department of Political Science. (The link will be shared once it is available online).

by Jackie Brousseau-Pereira

It’s mid-August and colleges are getting reading for the arrival of new and returning students. Those of us who work on these campuses try to help the incoming first year class get acclimated to college. We also recognize that it’s challenging to expect students to listen to us when most of us haven’t been in their shoes for many years.

Charli Carpenter travels to Texas to talk to the men and women working at detention facilities.

In early August, I walked through an open gate at the Paso del Norte detention facility in El Paso, one of the more notorious detention facilities for refugees on the southern border, and began talking to the guards. One of them threatened me and a colleague with arrest, but he was an outlier. Some of them were standoffish, but even those unwilling to answer questions were mostly polite and engaging. One man even told me he appreciated the chance to dialogue with a fellow American in a human way. (The American Prospect, 8/19/19)

Ethics problems in the technology industryincluding concerns about privacy, sexism, racism and lack of representationcannot be solved simply by teaching more humanities courses to future tech leaders, writes Paul Musgrave.

While many Americans believe the U.S. is the most powerful, richest and advanced society on Earth in many ways the U.S. is a “middle-of-the-pack” country, writes Paul Musgrave.