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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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Designing AI Systems that Obey Our Laws and Values

August 25, 2016

Operational AI systems need to obey both the law of the land and our values. We propose AI oversight systems (“AI Guardians”) as an approach to addressing this challenge, and to respond to the potential risks associated with increasingly autonomous AI systems

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For a Grand Bargain with China

August 23, 2016

Few people who are in Asia or who are interested in Asia can afford not to study Kurt Campbell’s new bookThe Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. The book justifies the pivot by arguing that “the lion’s share of the history of twenty-first century will be written in Asia.”

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Responding To The End Of Economic Growth

August 10, 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican parties promise Americans more and better jobs, a vibrant economy. But what if this is truly a dreaming field, which no one can build? The time has come to consider a fundamental change in what we aspire to.

US Continues to Ignore Massive Pedophilia in Afghanistan

August 02, 2016

 “In an Afghanistan ravaged by war and poverty, an ancient tradition has been secretly revived: Young boys sold by their families to wealthy merchants and warlords, taught to dance and entertain, and used for sex.”

The fusion of the private and public sectors

July 27, 2016

Much of contemporary analysis treats the public and private sectors as two rather separate and fundamentally different realms. Many see one of the two sectors as inherently virtuous and the other as corrupt. The paper shows, in considerable detail, that the two sectors are deeply intertwined. It follows that we need a rather different framework to study state and society.

             

 

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