Great Power Competition and the Middle East

A new collaboration between China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia has emerged, confronting the US and the global community. What does such a collaboration actually mean for US foreign policy, competition with China, relationship with Saudi Arabia, and long-time challenging […]

Ukraine Update III

As Russia’s war against Ukraine rages on, one wonders what to anticipate.  Will the Coalition hold over time? Will Russia be held accountable for crimes? Can a small country succeed in its passion for independence and quest for democracy? How […]

The Supreme Court and Originalism

Throughout US history, judges, scholars, and citizens have argued about how to go about interpreting the US Constitution.  The current Supreme Court has embraced a methodology called “originalism” or “original public meaning.”  But what exactly is “originalism”?  What is its […]

Ukraine: What’s Changed?

Much has evolved in Ukraine since our program in May. While much has changed, much has not changed. Russia continues to be a wild card, but Ukraine has surprised experts with its successes and determination. Where is this going, and […]

Reviving Democracy

A Message from Christopher Beem about the upcoming October 13th program: Americans are frustrated and deeply concerned about the condition of our democracy. Our divisions are so deep and complete that we don’t see how they can be overcome; we are […]

Speaking Rationally with Steven Pinker

Although Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker enjoyed teaching his students about the interesting puzzles that cause humans to behave irrationally, he realized that as interesting as those puzzles were, they did not explain some of the deeper and more destructive […]