September 30, 2016
U.S./Mexico border wall in Progreso Lakes, TX
By Christine Thurlow Brenner
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
The oft quoted line from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” “good fences make good neighbors” belies the message the poet intended. It is actually his neighbor’s repetitive learned-from-birth isolationist rationale for keeping the wall between them.
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September 29, 2016
After Monday’s historic presidential debate, we asked Mark Warren and Christian Weller, professors in our Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, for their thoughts on the policy issues each candidate addressed. Continue Reading →
September 28, 2016
By Padraig O’Malley
John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation
On September 26, 2016, Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and FARC leader Timochenko, nom de guerre for Rodrigo Londono Echeverri, signed an agreement ending almost 50 years of civil war, using a pen made from a recycled shell used in combat; the said pen supposedly will symbolize the end of violence, closure to the conflict and the dawn of a new era in Colombia. Continue Reading →
September 27, 2016
Photo courtesy of Kumamoto University
The University of Massachusetts Boston has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kumamoto University in Japan. The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) has been in conversations for several years with Professor Hironori Ito, dean of the university’s Graduate School of Social & Cultural Science and his colleagues regarding potential collaborations.
Now, with the involvement of Schuyler S. Korban, Vice Provost of the Office of Global Programs and McCormack Graduate School’s Dean David W. Cash, UMass Boston and Kumamoto University have agreed to an exchange of students, faculty, and staff for joint research and educational programs.
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September 26, 2016
by Paul Kowert
Graduate Program in International Relations
During an election season when both major party candidates are plagued by historic levels of unpopularity, Clint Eastwood’s new movie is a breath of fresh air. Sometimes, we yearn for a hero, and Capt. Chesley Sullenberger fits the bill. He had the right stuff to set US Airways Flight 1549 safely down in the Hudson River on a cold January afternoon in 2009. If only our politicians had the same skill. Yet in politics, and in aviation, having the right stuff is not quite what it seems in the movies.
Read more of Kowert’s op-ed in the Boston Herald.