University at Albany

February 6, 2014

Project on Violent Conflict Co-directors Victor Asal and Karl Rethemeyer discuss the threat of terrorism at the Sochi Olympics in this audio edition of the Think Tank.

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(From left) Professors Victor Asal
and Karl Rethemeyer

Victor Asal, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Karl Rethemeyer, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration

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January 7, 2014

Could 2014 be the year Congress acts on immigration reform? Professor Rey Koslowski shares his thoughts on the politics of border control.

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Rey Koslowski, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Koslowski:  Comprehensive immigration reform provides a chance for Congress to make U.S. border control policy more effective in reducing illegal immigration by allocating more resources to worksite inspections that enforce employer sanctions against hiring unauthorized migrant workers. Unfortunately, Congress is, once again, missing this opportunity. Read Full Post

November 25, 2013

What's your reaction to the announcement that the U.S. has reached a deal with Iran in which Iran will curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief?

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Victor Asal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Asal:  The deal with Iran looks to be good for Iran, good for the United States and good for Western European powers and is likely to make Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries with which Iran has less then cordial relations very unhappy. Read Full Post

November 15, 2013

President Obama's choice to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, current Fed Board Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen, appeared in a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs yesterday. We asked Professor Mitch Abolafia to share his thoughts with us on a few matters. Professor Abolafia is currently working on a book about decision making at the Federal Reserve titled Interpreting the Economy: Power and Practice at the Federal Reserve.

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Mitchel Y. Abolafia, PhD
Professor, Department of Public Administration & Policy

Q:  Why is the nomination of Janet Yellen getting so much attention from the press?

Abolafia:  With the gridlock in Congress, the Fed and its monetary policy has become the only reliable manager of the economy. Any hope that fiscal policy could contribute in a positive way to the recovery is nearly vanished. Therefore the preferences of the presumptive next chair of the Fed are all the more important. Read Full Post