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- October 8, 2010
"You can kill and kill and kill. But without a reliable partner, counterinsurgency cannot succeed."
Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the counterinsurgency course of action for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.learn more
Source: Voice of America
- October 7, 2010
"At least in the American case, we have a government that's extraordinarily incompetent in terms of experience with these kinds of things. And they are covering their behinds as much as they can. Certainly in the last weeks running up to the midterm elections here in the United States they don't want to be blamed for any kind of a security failure."
Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor of security studies, on the recent travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department to travelers heading to Europe.learn more
Source: Deutsche Welle
- October 7, 2010
"Whatever's causing this, and obviously we'd like to eradicate breast cancer and its causes, but whatever's causing this, the next best thing is to catch it early."
Mary Cheh, Councilwoman for Ward 3 in D.C., on Georgetown Lombardi's Capital Breast Care Center and its commitment to early detection and free breast cancer screening for uninsured women in the District.
Source: WAMU 88.5
- October 6, 2010
"There are a lot of videos out there, so we have almost gone beyond the question of whether they are good or bad, and onto how people are using them."
Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, on the consumption of DVDs for young children. learn more
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- October 5, 2010
"Of course the election won't be free and fair, but there's a chance here that over time, more political space will be created. There's potential for improvements to the economy and for the first time in decades, a parliament will convene and normal people will have some voice."
David Steinberg, distinguished professor of foreign service, on upcoming Myanmar elections.
Source: Reuters (Canada)
- October 5, 2010
“Chronic sinusitis is an often debilitating illness with symptoms comparable to those of serious medical diseases."
Alexander Chester, clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, on the severity and common misdiagnosis of chronic sinusitus.
- October 4, 2010
"For these trucks to move as often as they do requires that everyone is getting paid... The mafia will benefit from this later, because they'll be able to charge more to keep the convoys secure."
Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the supply-route convoys making their way through Pakistan to NATO troops in Afghanistan.learn more
- October 1, 2010
"Bin Laden seeks to capitalize on any crises or problems [that] are of concern to the people whose favor and support he seeks... At least for many Pakistanis, the floods have most recently been concern number one."
Paul Pillar, professor of security studies, on Osama Bin Laden's influence over Pakistanis.learn more
Source: Beverly Hills Courier
- 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.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
- 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.
Source: Los Angeles Times
- 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.learn more
Source: Foreign Policy
- 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.learn more
Source: The Associated Press
- 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.learn more
Source: PBS Newshour
- 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.learn more
Source: Vermont Public Radio
- 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.learn more
Source: The Huffington Post