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  • Obama bets that U.S.-Gulf alliance can survive tensions over Iran
    May 13, 2015
    “If there were instability in Saudi Arabia this would have great global ramifications,” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on regional security and its impact on the global oil market.
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    Source: Reuters

  • From Unemployed to Small-Business Owner
    April 10, 2015
    The National Journal cites a paper by Adriana Kugler, Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, on reforms to the unemployment system that could help encourage unemployed workers to return to work.
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    Source: National Journal

  • America's Unemployment Insurance Programs Need to Be Reimagined
    March 11, 2015
    “Paradoxically, unemployment insurance systems sometimes include requirements that discourage individuals from engaging in the kinds of activities that could help them eventually obtain productive employment," Adriana Kugler, Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, on revising the current system of unemployment insurance.
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    Source: The Atlantic

  • Why OPEC is dead
    March 4, 2015
    "A new oil market and industry are taking shape—and without clear leadership, there will be many positive and negative consequences for global energy security," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the fall of OPEC.
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    Source: CNBC

  • Mom Gets Quick Lesson on Teaching Diversity
    February 18, 2015
    "When kids are taught that people are different and it's OK that they're different, that's probably one of the best ways to teach them ... there isn't just one way to live," Marcia Chatelain, professor of history, on teaching children about diversity.
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    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • The Local Roots And International Reach Of Black History Month
    February 17, 2015
    "He gave a great appreciation for the working man. So he was able to relate to those on high and those on low and God knows in DC, then and now, one has to be able to manipulate that," Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on how Carter G. Woodson came to be known as the "Father of Black History."
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    Source: NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show

  • Oil Increases After OPEC Lowers Outlook for U.S. Crude Output
    February 9, 2015
    “The rig count might be a bit misleading for the market...It looks like the drillers are staying in the sweet spots, so there might be a modest output reduction." Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the growth in US oil production and market competition with OPEC.
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    Source: Bloomberg Business

  • Is OPEC Winning an Oil Price War Against the US?
    February 9, 2015
    “The rig count doesn’t tell you the whole story...It’s an indicator that’s important, but it’s not a direct translation [to production levels],” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the growth in US oil production and market competition with OPEC.
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    Source: Christian Science Monitor

  • End of OPEC is Closer to Reality
    February 9, 2015
    "Each producer in the United States will do what's best for his or her specific company, not what's best for oil," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on US oil production and OPEC's declining role in the global oil market.
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    Source: CNN Money

  • Taking the mask off Leviathan gas negotiations
    January 29, 2015
    "All the around the world, places with small amounts of players and buyers don’t have competitive gas markets," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on Israel’s small gas sector.
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    Source: The Jerusalem Post

  • Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?
    January 28, 2015
    "Some people out there think that oil is going to get more expensive so it's worthwhile now to buy oil, lock it in, and have those supplies, have them stored and have them available to sell a few months down the line, if you actually believe it's going to go up," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effects of low oil prices.
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    Source: NPR

  • Obama delivers State of the Union Address on Tuesday
    January 19, 2015
    “‘They like to talk about protecting the rights of the American citizen, and protecting free speech rights against unreasonable searches and seizure, but at the end of the day, politicians are very weary of terrorist attacks,’” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on the 2015 State of the Union address.
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    Source: Al-Jazeera America

  • Teach or Perish
    January 19, 2015
    “But no decision we ever made could have been more catastrophic than this one: Somewhere along the way, we spiritually and emotionally disengaged from teaching and mentoring students,”Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau, professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, on higher education.
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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • What are the Consequences of Cheap Oil
    January 6, 2015
    Cheap oil is "a sign of recession in a number of markets and we don't know exactly how that's going to affect other places in the world," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effect of the declining oil prices.
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    Source: BBC World Service

  • Oil touches $50, and the signs still point down
    January 5, 2015
    There is "a strong chance that President Barack Obama could move to restore talks with Iran without any preconditions. That could also have a short-term affect and mean lower prices," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on falling oil prices.
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    Source: Houston Chronicle

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