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Will the Biden Administration Embrace Trump's Extreme Anti-China Rhetoric?

February 01, 2021

Amid the great sense of relief now that the reins of the federal government are in the hands of President Joe Biden, I was distressed to hear his designated secretary of state, Antony Blinken, agreed that China is committing genocide.

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Joe Biden: A Wartime Leader in the Coronavirus Era?

January 26, 2021

An unrelenting pandemic calls for a wartime-like mobilization of all sectors, public and private, as well as the third sector, which includes places of worship, voluntary associations, and foundations.

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Multilateralism Is Good, Just Not Good Enough: "What a Biden Administration Means for Multilateral Diplomacy"

January 18, 2021

President-elect Biden’s statements about foreign policy include many bullet points. However, beyond getting the United States to lead again, by restoring its moral standing and democratic institutions, his main shtick is multilateralism.

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Biden Should Declare a State of War Against the Coronavirus

January 11, 2021

If we just imagined that COVID-19 had a uniform and flag, we would not hesitate to call on the new president to respond by asking Congress to grant him the powers embedded in the War Powers Act as soon as he takes office on January 20.

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Don't Let Individual Rights Luddites Stop Coronavirus Vaccine Passports

January 05, 2021

The response to concerns should not be to forgo the passports, but to institute safeguards to ensure that the collected data are not abused.

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How to Make Zoom Democratic

January 04, 2021

The fact that Zoom (and other such platforms) have been of great social and public service during the pandemic should not make one overlook their limitations and hence the need for still other platforms. I hence forged one, CivilDialogues.org, and I am comparing it to Zoom here next.

A 2017 Tehran display of missiles and Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Joe Biden’s Iran Policy Must Be About More Than the JCPOA

December 26, 2020

Iran is one of the nations that is most likely to try to test Joe Biden’s resolve.

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How to Monitor the Vaccinated While Addressing Privacy Concerns

December 26, 2020

There is a great deal that public health authorities can learn if proper data are collected about the effects of the first anti COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Global Communitarian Deficit

December 24, 2020

This article uses the sociological/philosophical theory of liberal communitarianism to analyze existing trends in global affairs. The European Union (EU) has often erred by expanding its missions without also recognizing the pull of nationalism and conducting community-building to strengthen the bonds among member nations. EU nations and countries around the world are retreating to nationalism. Rather than bringing the world together to fight a common enemy, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated these global trends. The rise of nationalism has not increased domestic cohesion, but has led to high levels of domestic polarization. International communities seem a long way off, and the world order in the near future may depend to a considerable extent on whether the United States will permit China to increase its influence in the Western Pacific, which would allow for collaboration on most other matters.

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Pandemic Pressure: Why Biden Doesn't Have Time for Special Interest Lobbyists

December 20, 2020

The Republican Party seems as though it is standing ready to try to do to President-elect Joe Biden what it did to Barack Obama: check, block, hamper.

A man in a mask walks by a black-and-white billboard of a smiling woman and a smiling man

Biden Paves the Path for New Face Mask Protocols

December 14, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has stated that he will call on Americans to wear face masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus for the first one hundred days he is in office.

Micro and Macro Ethical Considerations of COVID-19

December 02, 2020

We must consider decisions related to the ethical questions raised by COVID-19 health care at both the micro (individual) and macro (policy) levels. This includes coming up with plans to help individual health care providers ration care as needed, as well as policies about vaccine distribution.

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To Bridge Divisions, We Need Civil Dialogues

November 25, 2020

One result of the elections stands out as clear as any such finding can be: the conventional wisdom — that Trump was appealing merely to his base, and that unless he learned to reach out to others, he is toast — was wrong.

Three people wearing masks walk in front of a large electronic road sign saying, "MASKS REQUIRED BY [LAW]"

Mask-Wearing Mandate Should Include a Major Public Health Educational Campaign

November 18, 2020

When he become[s] president, Joe Biden should use the national emergency powers to require Americans to wear masks.

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Biden Should Appoint a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

November 13, 2020

There are some who hold that Trump and several of his associates should be charged with crimes. ... One may hold that no one is above the law, but the situation calls for a rather different kind of justice.