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April 2, 2021

The Military Is Funding Ethicists to Keep Its Brain Enhancement Experiments in Check

The military has long been interested in what medical ethicist Jonathan Moreno calls “the whole supersoldier business” — using technology to produce bionically or pharmaceutically superior warfighters. Moreno, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is interested too. Specifically, in one question that keeps gnawing at him: How much can a soldier’s brain bear?

March 30, 2021

Minerva-funded researcher, Dashun Wang's new book "The Science of Science"

Minerva-funded researcher, Dashun Wang's new book "The Science of Science" provides an unprecedented look at the nature of the discipline and how scientists can improve their work.

March 25, 2021

Minerva-funded researchers, Jason Healey and Robert Jervis on "How to Reverse Three Decades of Escalating Cyber Conflict"

Cyber conflict has not yet escalated from a fight inside cyberspace to a more traditional armed attack because of cyberspace. In part this is because countries understand there are some tacit upper limits to escalation above which the response from the offended country will be war. Unfortunately, this happy state may not last: Cyber conflict and competition are intensifying, increasing the chances of escalation into a true global crisis.

March 11, 2021

Colombia is letting hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans stay. What can other countries learn?

On Monday, the Biden administration granted 300,000 Venezuelan migrants in the United States the possibility of temporary protected status. Last month, Colombia announced a similar move affecting upward of 1 million who have fled Venezuela’s collapse to find work, education, health care and safety in Colombia. The Estatuto Temporal de Protección para Migrantes Venezolanos (ETPV) will provide migrants access to formal employment, hospitals, schools and vaccine programs.

March 4, 2021

Strategic Tradeoffs in U.S. Naval Force Structure - Rule the Waves or Wave the Flag?

In a recent article, "Strategic Tradeoffs in U.S. Naval Force Structure - Rule the Waves or Wave the Flag?", Minerva-funded researchers, Erik Gartzke and Jon Lindsay examine different aspects and implications of the recently released tri-service maritime strategy, Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power. This article is the fourth in a series of eight articles, “Maritime Strategy on the Rocks".

March 3, 2021

Biden called climate change an ‘existential threat.’ Can the U.N. Security Council help?

For the month of March, newly confirmed U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as the rotating president of the U.N. Security Council, where climate change has become an increasingly discussed topic. President Biden has called climate change an “existential threat” and emphasized its importance by appointing John F. Kerry as a special presidential envoy with a seat on the White House National Security Council.

Feb. 17, 2021

How History Predicts COVID-19’s Impact on Maritime Piracy, and What America Can do to Help

Minerva-funded researcher, Brandon Prins recent article discusses how previous financial crises have been followed by significant surges in maritime crime and that the economic impacts of the novel Coronavirus will likely do the same.

Feb. 12, 2021

Rethinking “Alliances”: The Case of South Africa as a Rising Power

How does South Africa view international alliances? International relations (IR) scholars have been debating the end of alliances and the relevance of the alliance paradigm itself. South Africa presents an excellent test case for advancing these debates for three reasons.

Feb. 11, 2021

Minerva-funded researchers new publication, Pirate Lands

Minerva-funded researchers, Ursula Daxecker and Brandon Prins demonstrate in their new publication, Pirate Lands that Maritime piracy-like civil war, terrorism, and organized crime-is a problem of weak states

Feb. 3, 2021

The "Pandemic Textbook" Must Include Decision-Making

Minerva-funded researcher, Neil D. Shortland and Laurence Alison recent article discusses why good pandemic management requires goal-directed least-worst decision-making. As scientists who study decision-making early on, they realized that what the COVID-19 pandemic required was rapid "least-worst" goal-directed decision-making.

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By Rhys Leahy and Neil Johnson | July 21, 2021
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