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Murrett Quoted in Military Times Article on What the Navy Is Learning From Its Fight in the Red Sea

“This is a mix we haven’t seen before, and it does represent a new wrinkle,” says Vice Adm. Robert Murrett (Ret.), professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, of the types of munitions the Navy is intercepting and the sustained nature of the threat.

January 25, 2024

Engelhardt Weighs In on Baby Boomers Aging Out of the Housing Market in Business Insider Article

Gary Engelhardt, professor of economics, expects the bulk of the boomer generation to age out of the market between 2030 and 2040. "In the next 15 years, this stuff's really going to start happening," Engelhardt says.

January 25, 2024

See related: Aging, Housing, United States

Gadarian Speaks to Christian Science Monitor About Trump’s Steady Rebound

“The party didn’t coalesce around one alternative to Trump, and that’s what the skeptics needed,” says Shana Gadarian, associate dean for research and professor of political science.

January 24, 2024

Reeher Quoted in Newsweek and USA Today Articles on Presidential Candidates Biden and Trump

Grant Reeher, professor of political science, tells Newsweek that Trump will continue to use his legal difficulties to rile up his MAGA base. However, Reeher adds that it remains to be seen if this will ultimately damage Trump's White House ambitions.

January 19, 2024

Murrett Talks to GlobalSecurity.org About the Ongoing Attacks by the Houthi Fighters

"The ongoing attacks by the Houthi fighters in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, increased activity by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the steady attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Syria and Iraq represent a clear risk of escalation throughout the region," says Vice Adm. Robert Murrett (Ret.), professor of practice of public administration and international affairs.

January 19, 2024

Khalil Comments on Secretary of State Blinken’s Latest Middle East Trip in Al Jazeera Article

With little indication that the U.S. will attempt to assert leverage over Israel, Blinken’s latest trip to the Middle East is fundamentally “performative,” says Osamah Khalil, professor of history. “There is a face-saving domestic consumption element for [the Biden administration] and a separate face-saving element to allow Israel to claim some kind of victory,” he says.

January 18, 2024

Koch Weighs In on the Location of the UN’s 2024 Climate Summit in NY Times Article

While there is an unavoidable conflict in a petrostate hosting a climate summit, it may also be fitting: The country that was home to the oil industry’s beginnings may also host negotiations that could one day bring the petroleum era to an end. “It is possible to frame it as something of a closure,” says Natalie Koch, professor of geography and the environment.


January 17, 2024

Baker Quoted in Politico Article on the Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Justice System

The Hon. James E. Baker, professor of public administration and international affairs by courtesy appointment, expects the complexity of models to make controversies over AI evidence more vexing than debates over DNA evidence. “The challenge with AI is every AI model is different,” he said, “What’s more, AI models are constantly learning and changing.”

January 13, 2024

Mitra Articles on India’s Labor Force Published in East Asia Forum and Economic Times

"The recent set of labour reforms are also an encouraging development. Numerous labour regulations have been consolidated into four codes, eliminating contradictions among them," writes Devashish Mitra, professor and chair of economics. 

January 12, 2024

See related: Economic Policy, India, Labor, Trade

Yingyi Ma Article on the Renewed Fervor for China’s Civil Service Exam Published in Nikkei Asia

"The contrast with today's youth highlights broader economic and global trends, namely China's current economic slowdown, which has led to reduced hiring, stagnating wages and a general sense of job insecurity in many industries. This environment naturally makes the stability and predictability of government jobs more appealing," writes Yingyi Ma, professor of sociology.

January 12, 2024

See related: China, Education, Government, Labor

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