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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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The Chinese Are Winning?

April 19, 2017

In a recent article titled “Tortoise v Har

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Earth to Trump: Needed, an East Asia Policy

April 05, 2017

Tough talk alone is not going to be helpful with North Korea.

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Why Trump Needs Robots on Mars (Not People)

April 03, 2017

NASA needs to give up on its fantasy of sending a human to Mars.

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America Can't Afford to Buy a Broken Afghanistan

March 26, 2017

The history of international warfare in South Asia has taught us that Afghanistan cannot be saved.

Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

March 07, 2017

This article reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces.

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China Needs More Than Exhortation to Break With North Korea

March 03, 2017

Time now for some real give and take.

Communitarian Antidotes to Populism

March 01, 2017

Populism is rising in the United States, and this has ramifications for its democratic institutions. The rise is attributable in part to the alienation many Americans feel in their own country, whi

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Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

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