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The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at the George Washington University is the nation's leading center for communitarian policy research and is a research institute dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue. We seek to bring the best scholarship and analysis to bear on policy issues affecting family, schools, the community, and the moral climate of society as a whole.

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"Hillary Clinton" (2014) by Marc Nozell (CC BY)

Hillary Needs a Vision

August 19, 2015

The commentariat has made much out of the fact that news about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server has drowned out the policy proposals she has unveiled. These proposals indeed deserve public attention. However, they also reveal one of her campaign's great weaknesses. 

Job Opportunity - Research and Editorial Assistant

August 17, 2015

The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies is seeking an individual to assist with our writing, editing and research projects. The position entails developing our position papers, academic articles and op-eds, and helping to communicate our message to selected officials, media, and the public at large. The chosen candidate will work directly with Director Amitai Etzioni. 

Self-determination: The Democratization Test

August 11, 2015

Self-determination is the process by which people, who are governed by a foreign power, gain self-government. Often the people first form a sense of community—a sense of a shared identity, destiny, and core values—and then seek to invest those in a state, forming a nation (defined as a community invested in a state). The term self-determination is also used to refer to the normative principle that is evoked to justify breaking away from the old regime to form a new one.

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We Can Defeat ISIS

August 04, 2015

A common argument holds that one cannot defeat ISIS because it is not merely a group of brutal terrorists, but also an idea. And, the argument goes, how can you kill an idea? 

The Democratisation Mirage

July 23, 2015

One is reluctant to publish an essay that suggests that the families who lost their loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq (as well as in Vietnam) – and the even larger numbers who have been maimed there – made these sacrifices in vain. As a former combatant, I know this grief closely. However, a clear-eyed view might prevent even more bloodshed and grief. 

             

 

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