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David C. Unger at the Charles Adler Show


September 20, 2016

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

Professor David C. Unger speaks on the Charles Adler Show about the “post-fact world” that Germany, the United States and other countries have been moving towards for a long time - a world in which politicians appear less credible. Unger says, “Feelings are political facts and the politician who doesn't realize that needs to be looking for a new career.”


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Why Obama Is Still Trying to Pass the T.P.P.


September 18, 2016

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


A New Yorker article on the political antipathy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership cites a 2015 report by Director Michael Plummer, who estimated that the trade pact would increase U.S. exports by nearly 10 percent and raise U.S. real incomes by $131 billion annually.


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Presidenziali Usa (in Italian)


September 15, 2016

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

Speaking on Radio Radicale, Professor David Unger comments on how globalization, immigration and foreign policy have become prominent themes during the current U.S. presidential election. According to Unger, there are rumbles of dissent within both parties about both candidates, and there are parallels between this discord in the U.S. and the popular revolt against political elites across parts of Europe.


Hillary Clinton, la malattia può renderla 'umana' (in Italian)


September 14, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Professor Erik Jones comments on Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis, saying that the incident has brought about an unexpected opportunity for Trump. JHU SAIS Europe Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy David C. Unger is also quoted in this piece, commenting “right now the real battle [Clinton] faces is not against pneumonia, but rather against the charges of dishonesty that Trump will use in his favor.”


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Iran introduces Halal Internet


September 12, 2016

Sanam Vakil Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

Professor Sanam Vakil comments on the Iranian government's recent efforts to create a state-sponsored internet. According to Vakil, Iran already has heavy internet censorship and a national internet could ensure even more government control over netizens.


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The European Commission's Apple Tax Ruling: Who Are the Real Losers?


September 8, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Professor Erik Jones joins other experts on the Knowledge@Wharton show in discussing the European Commission's ruling last week that Apple must pay around 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes to Ireland. Jones says a “tipping point has been reached,” and that the EC ruling is part of a general move to equalize how multinational companies are treated across the region.


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Arguments, however passionate, must be based on facts not opinions


September 2, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Professor Erik Jones responds to a FT op-ed on how the United States' trade imbalance is the crux of America's economic woes, and ultimately set the stage for Donald Trump's popularity. Jones counters author Wilbur Ross' points, saying that much of the data that Ross used to make his argument are inaccurate.


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Referendums and Forbidden Planets


August 29, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

In an article published in the latest edition of Eastwest, Professor Erik Jones writes about how European integration, once widely supported, is now suffering from the sheer difficulty of coordinating and defining the rules of integration. According to Jones, EU leaders struggle to bridge the gap between their constituents and a European collective identity.


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Italy earthquake is test for Renzi


August 25, 2016

Gianfranco Pasquino Senior Adjunct Professor

Gianfranco Pasquino comments on the Italian government's responsibilities in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Amatrice: "The Italian government needs more fiscal flexibility to act in the destroyed areas.”


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Elvennék a hatalmat az olasz szenátustól (in Hungarian)


August 18, 2016

Gianfranco Pasquino Senior Adjunct Professor

In an article entitled “Taking Away Some Power from the Italian Senate” Gianfranco Pasquino discusses the forthcoming Italian referendum on constitutional reforms. In his opinion, the reforms are confused and hold no promise to improve the working of the Italian political system. In a plebiscitary vein Renzi has promised to resign if Italian voters reject "his" reforms. Pasquino believes he should not do so. In any case, the President of the Republic has the power to appoint another Prime minister. In the meantime, the consensus for the Five Star Movement is growing. The new electoral law offers them a great opportunity to win the 2018 elections (if not earlier).


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