Michael Kennedy in the American Sociological Association's Policy Trajectories Blog, " I would propose that we think of knowledge not only as a quest to understand structures relatively autonomous from our own understanding, or subjective realities that are the consequences of various life experiences, but focus on those mediating knowledgeabilities that shape how we engage the world with more and less consequence for that world's improvement."
Rob Blair, Assistant Professor of Political Science, discusses his new study on the distrust Liberian citizens felt toward their government institutions during government-mandated Ebola control interventions in 2014-15.
Jeff Colgan in Monkey Cage Blog, "By all accounts, Tillerson is smart, hard-working, and has a lot of experience overseas with ExxonMobil. Still, he has zero experience in public office. So does Trump."
Brown University economist Nathaniel Hilger comments on a study about young adults not reaching the same level of success as their parents. Hilger's comments are based on the new findings and his own research.
Eric Patashnik in The Washington Post, "Just as liberals in power often discover that it is difficult to expand the scope of government, conservatives in power have traditionally found that the task of dismantling existing programs can be daunting even under favorable circumstances."
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at Brown's Watson Institute, said small businesses are susceptible to cyber threats and that many attacks go undetected in a discussion that examined cyber security across industries. Edgar was part of the panel convened for PBN's Cybersecurity Summit at the Crowne Plaza.
Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, ""According to American strategic doctrine, the US will be in danger if one country comes to dominate a large region of the world. China seems capable of doing that one day."
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at Brown's Watson Institute, comments on the likelihood of American legislators adopting similar surveillance policies as the British Parliament, which has recently passed a controversial law that allows government officials to monitor the web surfing behaviors of Britons for suspected terrorists and cyber criminals.
Mark Blyth in Real Clear Politics, ""If you look at the states that really fell hard [for Trump] in the Rust Belt, it is economic. Now, if you recognize that simple fact, you can put Trump in there with Brexit."
Three Watson Institute scholars, Narges Bajoghli, Chas Freeman, and Stephen Kinzer, are signatories to a new report that was recently published on the Iran policy recommendations for the new U.S. administration.
Stephen Kinzer, senior lecturer at Brown's Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed arguing that if Donald Trump is defying conventional wisdom by cooperating with Russia, he should offer a conciliatory hand to Iran as well.
Peter Andreas in The Washington Post, "Critics were as dismissive of Trump's wall as they were of Trump as a presidential candidate. The wall proposal, they said, was nothing more than a political fantasy."
Mark Blyth in Foreign Affairs, "Could there then be a higher set of drivers in the global economy pushing the world in a direction where Trump is really just one part of a more global pattern of events?"
With the tech community fearful of what Donald Trump might do with his executive powers, many are considering moving their servers overseas. Tim Edgar of Brown University explains what the stunning win could mean for civil liberties and privacy.
With the newly elect-President destined to take the helm the Oval Office, surveillance experts warn his presidency could usher in new future in digital privacy. Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on the looming challenges digital privacy pundits could face next.
Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, pens an op-ed about how Donald Trump's foreign policy agenda deviates away from the playbook of Washington elites.
With hateful rhetoric being spewed between both presidential campaigns, it may come as a surprise to know the current election isn't the nastiest in history. Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow in international and public affairs, describes when it turned positive and when campaigns began to turn ugly.