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  • The Recession’s Biggest Victims
    May 23, 2011
    “[The recovery's] been very, very slow, and black men are showing the least progress with little sign so far that unemployment rates are improving.” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on how black men have been the hardest hit by the recession.
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    Source: MSNBC

  • Chicago Trial to Put Pakistan Spy Agency on the Spot
    May 23, 2011
    “It is a big deal because it is part of an evolving revelation of things we already knew. For those, in the wake of bin Laden, who are out for blood, this is another opportunity to bludgeon Pakistan for its various, numerous shortcomings in the war on terror.” Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana for the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008.
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    Source: NPR

  • The 'O' Effect and the 2012 GOP Race
    May 23, 2011
    “[Oprah] has had a tremendous cultural impact. She's a role model, a life coach, even acts as spiritual leader. If you take a look at her fan web page and all of the fan comments, it's clear that they are so sad she is ending her show ... You can tell that they have developed real personal relationships with her. In communications literature this is something called parasocial interaction. It's where views form feelings of intimacy with on-screen performers.” Kim Meltzer, assistant professor in the communications, culture and technology, on the end of Oprah Winfrey's talk show after 25 years on air.
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    Source: TBD

  • Getting Real About Funding Mideast Reform
    May 21, 2011
    “Many people have spoken about an Arab martial fund,not simply limited to debt relief, to really make an impact on many of these countries.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on a possible way to fund Middle East reform.
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    Source: NPR

  • Food Fight Looms Over North Korean 'Famine'
    May 21, 2011
    “I think the administration would have a defensible position to give food.” Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on possible agreements between the U.S. and North Korea.
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    Source: Asia Times

  • Risks Mount From U.S. Exchanges Big China Push
    May 20, 2011
    “The only thing the exchanges have, really, is their brand image. If their brand image gets tarnished by fraudulent companies, it's going to make it really hard to attract listings.” James Angel, associate professor of finance, on the possible problems with Chinese initial public offerings coming to U.S. exchanges.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Pakistanis Want a Better Future, Just Like Us
    May 18, 2011
    “As Americans try to decipher where the Pakistan government, military and intelligence services stand in the fight against extremists, ordinary Pakistanis are busy trying to make their country a better place. In many cases, they do his in spite of, or, to put it more kindly, in lieu of their bureaucracy.” Cynthia Schneider, distinguished professor in practice of diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service, co-wrote an article on Pakistan bureaucracy.
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    Source: CNN

  • U.S. Aid in Pakistan: Where's the Money Going?
    May 18, 2011
    “One of the things we should be doing is training the police, but we’re not doing it.... Pakistanis are not letting us. They want the Army to do everything.” Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, on what U.S. foreign aid should be used for in Pakistan.
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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Mini Flash Crashes Worry Traders
    May 16, 2011
    “We've made good progress, but we need to put better [safeguards] in place for all stocks.” James Angel, associate professor of finance, on the anniversary of the flash crash, when the Dow Jones industrials fell roughly 900 points, only to quickly recover.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Sex, Lies and the Reckless Choices of the Powerful
    May 15, 2011
    “Politics and power and sexual harassment certainly have a long history. This being an attempted criminal rape is, I think, of an order of a different magnitude.” Michele Swers, associate professor of American government, on the recent allegations against International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Average Pay for Wisconsin Corporate CEOs Up 27% in 2010
    May 14, 2011
    “CEOs live in their own bubble universe. They are really outside the law of supply and demand.” Stephen Rose, research professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, on the increase in CEO compensation even during a sluggish economy.
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    Source: (Milwaukee, Wis.) Journal-Sentinel

  • Why Osama Bin Laden Mattered
    May 13, 2011
    “Yet, until the documents seized in the May 2 U.S. commando raid on bin Laden’s hide-out in Abbottabad were leaked a week after the raid, the conventional wisdom was that bin Laden was an irrelevant figurehead, especially given al Qaeda’s declining fortunes. Indeed, many U.S. government officials and terrorism analysts went so far as to argue that al Qaeda had ceased to exist in any meaningful operational sense.” Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the recent revelation that Osama bin Laden was more involved in current al-Qaida operations than previously believed.
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    Source: CNN

  • Angry With the U.S., What Can Pakistan Get Out of China?
    May 12, 2011
    “China does what is in its strategic interests and uses Pakistan no more and no less than [other big donors] Saudi Arabia and the U.S.” Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the possible partnership between Pakistan and China as a cause of the U.S.-led operation to kill Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.
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    Source: Time

  • Covert War With Iran: A 'Wilderness Of Mirrors'
    May 10, 2011
    “The Amiri case seems to be a story out of the wilderness of mirrors department – in which intelligence agencies and the services and governments against which they operate are constantly in uncertainty about just where the loyalties of the people they're dealing with ultimately lie.” Paul Pillar, professor of security studies, on the pros and cons of dealing in human intelligence as seen with the defection of Iranian Shahram Amiri.
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    Source: NPR

  • Religious Violence Has Egypt's Leaders on Edge
    May 9, 2011
    “There is some concern, and there have been claims even that some of the things we’ve been seeing with regard to the sectarian clashes have been orchestrated by the previous regime.”

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on the recent sectarian clashes in Egypt.

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    Source: World Politics Review

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