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A preview of the 2017 inaugeration

Rich Arenberg, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, is interviewed by WPRI on the upcoming 2017 Presidential inaugeration and government members' decisions on whether or not to attend. 

(Distributed March 21, 2017)

Trump, Brexit & the rise of global illiberalism

Trending Globally: Politics and Policy highlights a discussion between Margaret Weir, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, and Mark Blyth,  Eastman Professor of Political Economy, on the rise of illiberalism across the globe. Moderated by Ed Steinfeld, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Director of the China Initiative, Dean's Professor of China Studies, Professor of Political Science.

(Distributed March 21, 2017)

Professor Mark Blyth claims European Union will cease to exist in 2017

The Express comments on Professor Mark Blyth's history of accurate predictions. 

"Mark Blyth, a professor of political economy, was one of only a few academics who correctly guessed three of the biggest political shocks of 2017.

The Brown University lecturer was adamant Britain would vote to leave the European Union, Donald Trump would become next president and Italy would vote No in its referendum.

The professor's calls were a stark contrast against what the vast majority of polls and other pundits had predicted.

(Distributed March 21, 2017)

Why Republicans Shouldn't Weaken the Filibuster

Rich Arenberg, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, writes in The New York Times. 

The Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding." The Senate has historically been the one place in our government where legislative minorities are protected, with rules to check overzealous majorities. 

(Distributed March 21, 2017)
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