Obama White House veterans urge Biden to embrace executive action

Denis McDonough, professor of the practice of public policy and former White House Chief of Staff, shared insight on how President-elect Joe Biden might leverage executive power to implement key policies during his presidency.

“There is—as President Trump himself has demonstrated with the consent, quite obvious consent of Republicans in Congress—an enormous amount of leeway for the president to institute executive action on things like immigration and energy and climate policy,”

Originally published at npr.org on November 14, 2020.

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The coronavirus has revealed the true nature of hunger in America

In a recent Chronicle of Philantropy op-ed, Ray Offenheiser, William J. Pulte Director of the Pulte Institute for Global Development, highlights the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on America’s food system and proposes policy changes to ameliorate the crisis.

“This pandemic should be a moment of reckoning for all Americans, a moment to build the social and political institutions that might once again nourish the nation,” Offenheiser writes.

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Originally published at philantropy.com on June 19, 2020.

Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA, for now

Erin Corcoran, executive director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, commented on the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of DACA.

“It’s a sigh of relief, certainly, but there’s no finality to this decision,” Corcoran said. “There’s no resolution. It just means that they can stay here a little longer.”

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Originally aired on marketplace.org on June 18, 2020.

Letter from Germany: A democracy hunkers down

William Collins Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and director of the Initiative for Global Europe at the Keough School of Global Affairs, compares presidential responses to the coronavirus epidemic in the United States and Germany in a Commonweal op-ed.

“Who would have thought that seventy-five years after the end of World War II it would be the United States that would need to take lessons in democracy from Germany?”

Originally published at commonwealmagazine.org on March 23, 2020

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There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan

Madhav Joshiassociate research professor at the Keough School, considered the necessary steps to a successful peace agreement between the US and the Taliban in an op-ed for The Conversation.

“After 17 years of fighting, there was a growing consensus among the US military leaders and administration that, if they wish to end the conflict in Afghanistan, they must negotiate an agreement, rather than continue to fight.”

Originally published at theconversation.com on March 4, 2020.

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Is the USMCA Deal Doomed If Congress Fails to Ratify It?

Tamara Kay, associate professor of global affairs and sociology, was quoted by the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor in an article about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“With an impeachment inquiry underway in the US House of Representatives, US and Mexico manufacturing faltering and President Trump’s trade war with China and other countries creating economic and political instability, the likelihood that the US Congress will pass the USMCA this year is dwindling,” Kay said.

Originally published at thedialogue.org on October 9, 2019.

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