• “The attacks…have been real” – VPR Interviews Carol Swain

    “The attacks…have been real” – VPR Interviews Carol Swain

    This interview with Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain appears in VPR’s upcoming Spring issue. The interview is prefaced by a brief introduction written by the interviewer Darby Hobbs, a member of VPR’s editorial staff. On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced […]

  • Republican Division and the Long Road to Presidential Nomination: Jeb Bush as a GOP Hopeful

    Republican Division and the Long Road to Presidential Nomination: Jeb Bush as a GOP Hopeful

    While Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, is unlikely to face any significant challenge to her candidacy, among Republican contenders, the prospects of winning the GOP nomination are less clear-cut. Perhaps the GOP counterpart to Clinton, […]

  • Rhetoric and Trust: Iran and the West’s Nuclear Negotiations

    Rhetoric and Trust: Iran and the West’s Nuclear Negotiations

    Last week, the nuclear negotiations between the United States, among other world powers, and Iran, finally reached a deal. Nonetheless, that deal is temporary, and many find the terms of the agreement unsatisfactory—and probably rightfully so. Without […]

  • Why Nukes Are Here to Stay

    Why Nukes Are Here to Stay

    Nuclear weapons are scary, and the recent negotiations with Iran, as well as Netanyahu’s apocalyptic speech, have thrust nukes back into our minds. The thought of entire cities, states, even countries being obliterated in an instant is […]

  • When Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy Blur

    When Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy Blur

    Tuesday, March 3rd will prove a crucial moment for Israel and the United States, and in both countries, the speech that will occur on this date will have ramifications in the domestic arena as well. Benjamin Netanyahu […]

  • The Unsung Patriot

    The Unsung Patriot

    Former New York City mayor and Vanderbilt’s upcoming IMPACT Symposium Speaker, Rudy Giuliani, created a political firestorm earlier this month, with private comments he made during a dinner for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. At this dinner, Giuliani […]

  • The Covert Introvert

    The Covert Introvert

    In the past year, President Obama has had to maneuver multiple catastrophes in one of the most politically challenging years to date – Boko Haram, ISIS, Sony hacks, a divided Congress, and various social movements condemning police […]

  • Keeping Tennessee Primaries Open

    Keeping Tennessee Primaries Open

    Yesterday the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee voted down a resolution that supported closed primary elections, 37-29. The debate over whether or not to change the Republican primary to a closed one, where only voters who are […]

  • Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

    Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

    Our overly politically-correct environment has made criticizing religion taboo.  People react to a religious critique as if it were racism–as if saying “Christianity has a lot of flaws” were akin to saying “black people have a lot of flaws.”  But […]

  • The Race has Begun: How We Can Tell Who is Going to Run for President in 2016

    The Race has Begun: How We Can Tell Who is Going to Run for President in 2016

    “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Mitt Romney said in a phone call on […]

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by / on April 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm / in Campus, Local Politics, Print

“The attacks…have been real” – VPR Interviews Carol Swain

This interview with Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain appears in VPR’s upcoming Spring issue. The interview is prefaced by a brief introduction written by the interviewer Darby Hobbs, a member of VPR’s editorial staff. On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced […]

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by / on April 7, 2015 at 6:02 am / in Domestic Politics

Republican Division and the Long Road to Presidential Nomination: Jeb Bush as a GOP Hopeful

While Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, is unlikely to face any significant challenge to her candidacy, among Republican contenders, the prospects of winning the GOP nomination are less clear-cut. Perhaps the GOP counterpart to Clinton, […]

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by / on April 7, 2015 at 1:19 am / in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, International Politics

Rhetoric and Trust: Iran and the West’s Nuclear Negotiations

Last week, the nuclear negotiations between the United States, among other world powers, and Iran, finally reached a deal. Nonetheless, that deal is temporary, and many find the terms of the agreement unsatisfactory—and probably rightfully so. Without […]

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by / on March 7, 2015 at 11:12 am / in International Politics

Why Nukes Are Here to Stay

Nuclear weapons are scary, and the recent negotiations with Iran, as well as Netanyahu’s apocalyptic speech, have thrust nukes back into our minds. The thought of entire cities, states, even countries being obliterated in an instant is […]

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by / on March 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm / in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, International Politics, The Americas

When Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy Blur

Tuesday, March 3rd will prove a crucial moment for Israel and the United States, and in both countries, the speech that will occur on this date will have ramifications in the domestic arena as well. Benjamin Netanyahu […]

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by / on February 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm / in Domestic Politics, Local Politics

The Unsung Patriot

Former New York City mayor and Vanderbilt’s upcoming IMPACT Symposium Speaker, Rudy Giuliani, created a political firestorm earlier this month, with private comments he made during a dinner for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. At this dinner, Giuliani […]

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm / in Domestic Politics, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, International Politics

The Covert Introvert

In the past year, President Obama has had to maneuver multiple catastrophes in one of the most politically challenging years to date – Boko Haram, ISIS, Sony hacks, a divided Congress, and various social movements condemning police […]

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by / on February 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm / in Local Politics

Keeping Tennessee Primaries Open

Yesterday the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee voted down a resolution that supported closed primary elections, 37-29. The debate over whether or not to change the Republican primary to a closed one, where only voters who are […]

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by / on February 2, 2015 at 1:38 am / in International Politics, Uncategorized

Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

Our overly politically-correct environment has made criticizing religion taboo.  People react to a religious critique as if it were racism–as if saying “Christianity has a lot of flaws” were akin to saying “black people have a lot of flaws.”  But […]

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by / on January 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm / in Domestic Politics

The Race has Begun: How We Can Tell Who is Going to Run for President in 2016

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Mitt Romney said in a phone call on […]

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