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Walter Stone: Electoral Optimist

Expert on U.S. elections says they may not not be perfect, but they work better than you might think.

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Analyzing Arms: Brandon Kinne

Analyzing Arms: Brandon Kinne

By Griselda Jarquin and Ben Hinshaw – In the fight against domestic terrorism and other non-traditional threats, the efficacy of traditional weapons is limited. But since the end of the Cold War, global arms trading has increased. In a recent paper, Assistant Professor of Political Science Brandon Kinne traces that increase in part to a surge in bilateral defense treaties called "weapons cooperation agreements."

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Extraordinary Responsibility: Shalini Satkunanandan

Extraordinary Responsibility: Shalini Satkunanandan

By Phyllis Jeffrey - Does “being responsible” simply mean fulfilling our duties, or paying what we owe? In her first book, Assistant Professor of Political Science Shalini Satkunanandan explores the history of calculative thinking in ethics and politics—a history with profound implications.

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