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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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For the Record: Iran: Deal with the Mother Lode

September 27, 2018

For the Record: Iran: Deal with the Mother Lode

Happiness is the Wrong Metric

September 13, 2018

People are motivated not only by a quest for satisfaction but also by trying to live up to their sense of what is moral.

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Humanity Would Be Better off Saving Earth, Rather Than Colonizing Mars

August 25, 2018

Recently, SpaceX held a top-secret “ Mar

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China is Not the Soviet Union

August 13, 2018

In evaluating recent alarmed assessments of China’s ambitions, one must recall that for decades the American intelligence community, in particular the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), vastly exag

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Don't Vent, Win

August 01, 2018

In June, after the Trump administration tore infants out of the embrace of their mothers and detained them separately, a handful of Americans expressed their outrage in ways that many deemed uncivi

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China and the Lessons of Modern Surveillance Technology

July 18, 2018

China is taking the lead in drawing on recent technological developments to vastly enhance its capacities to keep its people under surveillance.

Arena Civil Dialogues: What Makes a Great America?

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Get your free tickets to a dialogue that will explore whether America's proclamation of greatness is arrogant.

The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

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