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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 Story of Hanukkah Has Become Politicized

December 06, 2018

Many Jews are celebrating Hanukkah this week, but in rather different ways. Some are lighting candles all eight nights and reciting prayers—heads covered with kippahs.

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What Makes a Good American?

November 23, 2018

Age-old debates about patriotism and what constitutes a good American have taken on a new significance in the Trump Era.

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We Are What We Celebrate

November 19, 2018

The different ways we spend our holidays tells volumes about our personal lives, our communities, and even our nation.

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America's Imaginary China Threat

October 31, 2018

Above all, there seems to be no obvious reason as to why China will want to replace the United States or become a world hegemon.

For the Record: Iran: Deal with the Mother Lode

September 27, 2018

For the Record: Iran: Deal with the Mother Lode

Arena Civil Dialogues: Must we be tribal?

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Get your free tickets to a dialogue that will explore the role of community in our personal and collective future.

The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

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