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  • 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

  • New Labels Will Soon Help Consumers Choose Health Plans
    May 7, 2011
    “Today, there's really no way for consumers to figure what their premiums are buying.” Sabrina Corlette, research professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, on the new health insurance labels that should help consumers.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Blacks Suffering Strokes Often Call Friends First, not 911
    May 5, 2011
    “Every minute, more brain cells die. The treatments we have to give are more effective the sooner you give them.”

    Chelsea Kidwell, director of Georgetown University’s Stroke Center, on the importance of calling 911 so that patients can receive medication to treat a stroke in under 60 minutes.

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    Source: The Washington Post

  • U.S. Is on Alert for Hastened Plots
    May 4, 2011
    “This is not a popularity contest; al Qaeda wants effective leaders. I would expect Zawahiri would be the last man standing.”

    Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on a possible leadership fight within al-Qaida.

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    Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Bin Laden's Theology a Radical Break With Traditional Islam
    May 4, 2011
    “If you look at bin Laden’s early statements and arguments, his interview with Peter Bergen on CNN ... lots of people would see it as something that would go down very well not just with many Muslims but among many analysts when he talks about longstanding political grievances.”

    John Esposito, professor in the School of Foreign Service and director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, on Osama bin Laden's appropriation of Islam.

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    Source: CNN

  • Bin Laden's Death Could Force Obama to Change Afghan
    May 3, 2011
    “The American people are going to be pretty quick to write the obituary of al Qaida because bin Laden is dead.”

    Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the misconception that al-Qaida is dead after the death of Osama bin Laden.

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    Source: McClatchy Newspapers

  • U.S. Muslims Hope for Better Days After Bin Laden
    May 2, 2011
    "Muslims ... continue to be victims in the growth of Islamophobia here, so the taking out of bin Laden, certainly at a symbolic level, in the short-term, takes the pressure off."

    John Esposito, professor in the School of Foreign Service and director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, on the significance of Osama bin Laden's death to American Muslims.

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    Source: Reuters

  • Bin Laden's Death Shatters Conventional Wisdom
    May 2, 2011
    "The triumphal news of bin Laden’s killing yesterday has also called into question—if not shattered—much of the conventional wisdom about al-Qaeda’s leader and the movement he founded. First, the assumption was that he was hiding in a cave in some isolated mountain range, cut off equally from his supporters and from the creature comforts that make life as a fugitive more bearable. Yet we learn that he’s been living a stone’s throw from the Pakistani capital, both in comfort and relative anonymity."

    Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on what the location of bin Laden's hideout means.

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    Source: The National Interest

  • Al-Qaida After Osama
    May 2, 2011
    "The al-Qaida core, the relatively small number of skilled and dedicated fighters who swore loyalty to bin Laden, remains alive and active, but it has been hit hard in recent years. Bin Laden’s death is the most significant blow it has suffered, but in the last two years, near-constant drone strikes have hammered at the organization in Pakistan, taking out many important lieutenants at a pace that made them difficult to replace with experienced and skilled leaders."

    Daniel Byman, professor of security studies, on the future of al-Qaida following the death of Osama bin Laden.

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    Source: Slate

  • Is Bin Laden's Death A Blow To Al-Qaida's Network?
    May 2, 2011
    "Al-Qaida has a formal succession plan. Ayman Zawahiri is going to take the reins. And bin Laden has prepared for his own death. But having a plan and being prepared in reality are not always the same. And I think this is going to cause significant disarray in the organization."

    Daniel Byman, professor of security studies, on what al-Qaida's plans for succession in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden being killed.

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    Source: NPR

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