"America First” Political and Cultural Nationalism in the U.S.
On December 14, Professor David Unger will present the lecture entitled “America First” - Political and Cultural Nationalism in the U.S at the Bairati Inter-university Centre on American and Transatlantic Studies in Turin. Professor David Ellwood will join Unger and their Italian counterparts to discuss the topic.
Trump's Jerusalem move undermines U.S. interests and credibility, analysts say
As the United States upends its policy in Israel, Dana Allin weighs in on the foreign policy gains or losses that might follow. Calling Trump's decision more impulsive than methodical, Allin noted that “I think he promised to do so in his presidential campaign, and he doesn't see why he shouldn't go through it.”
How does Trump's Jerusalem move serve U.S. interests? It doesn't, analysts say
Analyzing President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Dana Allin concludes in Euronews that the move appears to answer to campaign promises more than U.S. interest. "It's very difficult to imagine what U.S. interest it serves if you assume it has a basic interest in promoting a peaceful settlement to the conflict," said Allin.
La Costituzione in trenta lezioni, by Gianfranco Pasquino
Justin Frosini published a review of fellow SAIS colleague Gianfranco Pasquino's new book, "La Costituzione in trenta lezioni." In the Journal of Contemporary Italian Politics, Frosini writes on Pasquino's unique view of the Italian Constitution and the lessons it continues to impart today.
La fame nel mondo? Il cibo c'è, è un problema politico (In Italian)
Speaking on the topic of food, nutrition and inequality Stefano Zamagni was interviewed by Today as he participates in the 8th Annual International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan. Zamagni looked into issues such as food waste, sustainability, socio-economic impact and the effects of climate change on food production, among others.
The situation in the global economy is similar to the pre-2008 crash era… ‘Worse than 2007': Top Central Banker warns of looming wave of worldwide bankruptcies
As they Bank for International Settlements' released its quarterly health check, U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen stated that banks are in a “very much stronger” position and another financial crisis is unlikely “in our lifetime.” Erik Jones weighed in by telling CNBC that the comment "is a huge hostage to fortune. The words Titanic and unsinkable spring to mind.”
Letters to the Editor: The Economist
Michael Plummer's letter to the Economist elaborates on the fate of the renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership and how America is paying the price for its absence. In a recent Working Paper for the Peterson Institute, Plummer notes that adding the five countries that have expressed interest in joining would triple benefits, whereas America's exit leaves a leadership void that China is already beginning to fill.
Insurgents against Brussels: Euroscepticism and the right-wing populist turn of the Lega Nord since 2013
In the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Mark Gilbert examines the transformation of Italy's Lega Nord in recent years to a party focused on populist and eurosceptic ideals rather than its founding principles as a voice for Italy's North. Gilbert and co-author Brunazzo highlight that today, Brussels has overtaken Rome as the party's top target.
Six things New Zealand's new government needs to do to make climate refugee visas work
Nina Hall authored an article in The Conversation outlining the path forward for New Zealand's recent plan to create the world's first humanitarian visa for climate refugees. Hall outlines 6 steps that New Zealand can take to make this idea a reality, highlighting that "the government should think carefully about the aims of this visa category, and orientate their climate change, humanitarian and migration policies towards Pacific needs."
Theorizing the role of executive heads in international organizations
Nina Hall recently published on "Theorizing the role of executive heads in international organizations" in the European Journal of International Relations. Hall and co-author Ngaire Woods argue that although leaders operate in constrained environments at this level, their impact and abilities to overcome them lead to valuable analysis.