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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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Jeff Bezos

An open letter to Jeff Bezos–you are needed to disrupt the health care sector

September 29, 2017

Earth to Jeff: Rockets are fun but we need you here.

One IDP camp near Sittwe can only be accessed by sea with boats transporting vital aid supplies such as rice and cooking oil.

The Shame of Myanmar

September 24, 2017

Sometimes, geopolitics should be set aside.

America should find a way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

Can America Convince China to Subdue a Nuclear North Korea?

September 23, 2017

America should find a way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

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Donald Trump and the Art of Foreign-Policy Bluffing

September 10, 2017

When it comes to China and North Korea, the administration ought to try carrots before sticks.

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China and India: A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

September 01, 2017

In a violent world, the two behemoths offer a welcome respite.

For the record: US democratization drives are failure-prone

August 10, 2017

Etzioni specified the conditions that successful democratization requires and showed that these conditions are not extant in the Middle East and many other parts of the world.

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THAAD: Best a Bargaining Chip

August 10, 2017

How might the U.S. make the best use of the controversial THAAD deployment to South Korea?

Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

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HR 6510: Temporary Resettlement of Syrian Children in the US

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