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  • “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President M
    September 27, 2010
    “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas to continue with the US-sponsored talks -- not because these talks will bring anything to the Palestinians … or because they will result in a future Palestinian state. But they will do it because these states are beholden to the United States.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace talks.
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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Obama Plays to his Base with Financial Team Moves
    September 26, 2010
    "Larry Summers was never that popular with the base, and this president is desperately trying to mobilize the base between now and November." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the President Obama's decision to change his economic team including White House director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Not at the Forefront of Flood Relief
    September 20, 2010
    "Within days of the onset of Pakistan’s devastating floods about six weeks ago, the media began reporting that militant groups -- or their purported charity wings -- were at the ‘forefront of flood relief.’ Lashkar-e-Taiba has been singled out with alarm because it is the most lethal group that operates across several countries in the South Asian region and beyond. With the Pakistani government appearing ever more ineffective and with some Islamist militants ravaging Pakistan itself and others yet savaging Afghanistan and India from bases within Pakistan, this could hardly be welcome news." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the Islamist militants helping those in Pakistan impacted by the recent floods and the consequence it's having in the war on terror.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • Experts: Invest in Local Efforts to Detect Terror
    September 16, 2010
    "[Training local authorities] has not received the systemic and systematic attention that it needs. There needs to be greater coordination and a greater recognition of locals' role." Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies, on training local law enforcement, public safety personnel and hometown residents in small communities in response to acts of terrorism.
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    Source: The Associated Press

  • Record Poverty Level: 'Long Slog Ahead' for Poor Americans?
    September 16, 2010
    "Well, very simply, this is the steepest recession in terms of the job market. And that's where people's earnings and people's incomes are directly impacted." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the increase of those living in poverty.
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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • The Likability Factor: What Obama's Lacking?
    September 14, 2010
    "Obama's analytic style of decision-making and his unwillingness to show emotion makes it hard for people to relate to him... This is the place where the heart and outward manner work against one another. In terms of helping people who need help the most, Obama is far more sympathetic and has done more than either Bush. Yet George W. Bush conveyed an averageness about him that Obama does not." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the rationality behind President Obama's decision-making in relation to his likeability.
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    Source: Vermont Public Radio

  • Time to Move On
    September 13, 2010
    "The urge to view Islam through a prism of extremism remains strong and should be fought, since it is dangerous to confuse mainstream Muslims with extremists, who constitute a fraction of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims. " John Esposito, director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, on the view of Muslims in America.
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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • U.S. Effort to Help Afghanistan Fight Corruption has Complicated Ties
    September 10, 2010
    "I don't know how you can disaggregate the way in which [the U.S. government] has funneled money into Afghanistan from the crisis of corruption that presents itself today. We are a government at odds with ourselves." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the U.S. government's handling and relationship with of the Afghanistan government.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Everyone Wants One, But Do Tax Cuts Really Work?
    September 9, 2010
    "Economists have many, many hands, and unfortunately, you know, it's hard to run good, clean experiments. You know, what you'd like to do is have an economy and then, you know, hit it with different tax things and how it responds. But, you know, Congress doesn't let us run the experiments economists would like. " Donald Marron, visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, on how economists look at the proposed tax cuts by the government.
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    Source: NPR

  • South Korea Sanctions Iran – Under U.S. Pressure
    September 8, 2010
    “It helped that the Japanese announced sanctions. The South Koreans couldn’t wait much longer.” Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on South Korea being under pressure to announce sanctions against Iran.
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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Putin More at Ease at This Year's Valdai Club - Expert
    September 6, 2010
    "Looking at [Putin] and his body language, he obviously feels comfortable in the current situation. But we won't rule out that he would run for president again. His tone was somewhat milder than it had sometimes been before. He appeared as a leader who feels the pulse of the nation." Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin's demeanor when speaking to members of the Valdai Discussion Club, which provides a global forum for experts on a Russia.
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    Source: RIA Novosti (Russia)

  • Saudi Legal Paradox Deters Investors as Disputes Go Unresolved
    September 5, 2010
    “The major problem with the commercial law in the kingdom is the lack of enforceability of judgments.” Jean-Francois Seznec, visiting associate professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the lack of enforcable commercial laws in Saudi Arabia.
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    Source: Bloomberg

  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hamid Karzai?
    September 4, 2010
    "They treated [Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai] more as someone who they believe they installed and then was validated by a first election and then maybe or maybe not validated by a second election. But I think the principle has been as long as he's one of ours, we can do this." Paula Newberg, director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, on how the United States views Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
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    Source: NPR

  • As Nationalism Rises, Will the European Union Fall?
    August 29, 2010
    "The European Union is dying -- not a dramatic or sudden death, but one so slow and steady that we may look across the Atlantic one day soon and realize that the project of European integration that we've taken for granted over the past half-century is no more." Charles Kupchan, professor of international affairs, in an op-ed on the slow death of the European Union.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Smart and Fast, Marine Mammals are Guarding Our Military Bases
    August 28, 2010
    "They have to be constantly challenged in order not to be bored, and you can't imitate those challenges in a controlled environment." Janet Mann, a professor of psychology and biology, on why it is necessary to study dolphins in the wild rather than in captivity.
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    Source: The Seattle Times

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