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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The Apollo Project Question No One Dares Ask: Was It Worth It?

July 22, 2019

The current celebrations of Project Apollo’s achievements highlight how slowly nations learn from experience.

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Allow Offensive Speech --- Curb Abusive Speech?

July 12, 2019

Free speech can be limited. The Founding Fathers did not give it the high standing many liberals accord it.

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How Will Iran Respond to the Threat of Force?

June 25, 2019

Iran is following the playbook that Russia drew upon in Ukraine and China employed in the Spratly Islands.

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The Pound of Flesh, a Communitarian Principle

June 24, 2019

(Starting on Page 423) When deliberating culturally sensitive topics, both sides often feel that they are concerned with absolutes and that the other side has neither moral nor legal foot to stand

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Is Joe Biden His Own Worst Enemy?

May 19, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic presidential front runner, has had plenty of opportunities to prepare himself for the last campaign of his political life.

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The European Union Must Speed Up or Slow Down

May 05, 2019

The conventional wisdom correctly points to the rise of European skeptics, those who opposed ever-increasing integration of the twenty-eight European Union member nations into one community.

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Could Reparations Help Close the American Racial Divide?

April 22, 2019

As a Jewish child who escaped Nazi Germany, and whose extended family perished in the concentration camps, I got a check from the German government.

Arena Civil Dialogues: No designer babies?

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Get your free tickets to a dialogue that will explore how to deal with the coming bio-engineering revolution

The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

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