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The coronavirus crisis has dominated the headlines and many discussions this year about how the country, and even the world, can move forward from this devastating pandemic. According to the experts at Arizona State University's Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies and ASU’s Center on the Future of War , the answer may lie in how we label — or treat — the crisis. Professor Souad T. Ali , founding chair of the Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies, moderated a conversation with the...
“Son las seeeeiiis de la mañana,” announces Gabriela Warkentin, host of the Mexican radio program "Así las Cosas," signing on the way she always does to her morning show, one of the most influential news programs in Mexico. But this week, Warkentin and her co-host, Javier Risco, aren’t broadcasting from Mexico City — they’re signing on from the ASU Barrett and O’Connor Washington Center, located three blocks from the White House. Their special coverage of the historic election for...
Mark Salter met the late Sen. John McCain by accident. It was 1988, and Salter was working as a press aide for U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Salter had drafted Kirkpatrick’s speech for the 1988 Republican National Convention and traveled with her to the event at the Superdome in New Orleans. The speech was a hit — the convention floor was dotted with delegates holding signs that read “Lean on 'em, Jeane” — and she had agreed to do media interviews after the speech was over. “The...
As the 2020 general election approaches, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University recently caught up with Professor Larry Garber , an election law expert and adjunct professor who created and is teaching a U.S. and International Election Law class in Washington, D.C. Garber brings ASU Law and the International Rule of Law and Security program a wealth of experience in the election law field. During his career, he served in senior election law and international...
On Wednesday, Gen. H.R. McMaster sat down with Arizona State University President Michael Crow to discuss McMaster's newest book, "Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.” Their conversation was organized by ASU’s McCain Institute and was the third installment in a series examining America’s challenges and innovative strategies for solving them. “I came with 20 questions for you,” Crow told McMaster, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, at the...
Although virtual this year, Arizona State University and New America on Sept. 21-24 co-hosted the sixth annual Future Security Forum, which focused on the pressing national security threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Future Security Forum is one of the signature events of the Future of War project — an ASU and New America partnership that analyzes emerging global threats, new technological applications and the changing nature of warfare in an increasingly interconnected world. “We...
Designer babies, mutant mosquitoes and frankenfoods: These are the images that often spring to mind when people think of genome editing. The practice, which alters an organism’s DNA in ways that could be inherited by subsequent generations, has implications so profound that a growing group of experts believe it is too important a matter to be left only to scientists, doctors and politicians. In the journal Science , 25 leading researchers from across the globe, including Consortium for Science...
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken people globally, countries and companies around the world are racing to develop safe and effective vaccines. But ending the COVID-19 pandemic will also require mass immunization programs, and drugmakers will need to manufacture billions of vaccine doses to make these programs successful. The prevailing conventional wisdom is that the best way to make affordable vaccines accessible is to loosen patent restrictions and the many associated legal...
This week, Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War welcomed two ASU Future Security Fellows who are a part of New America’s Class of 2021 National Fellows. The highly competitive program, one of the signature programs of the Washington, D.C., think tank, selected 10 individuals out of nearly 400 applicants for the 2020–21 academic year. For over more than two decades, the New America National Fellows program has supported established thought leaders and helped launch dozens of...

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