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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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Build a wall? On the beaches?

August 31, 2016

If Trump the Quack would be half serious about national security, he would call for building a wall, not on the border with Mexico, but along the beaches running from Maine to Key West, and from Seattle to San Diego.

Tank outside Misrata, Libya/ Flickr @joepyrek

The Illusion That America Can Fix Libya

August 29, 2016

Will we ever learn? How many people will have to die, and how many more hundreds of billions of dollars will be squandered, before we get that long-distance social engineering does not work?

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.

             

 

Upcoming Event: US-China Policy for the Next Administration

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