"President Obama appears to be using a strategic approach to the Ukrainian situation that is similar in many respects to that employed by his Democratic Party predecessor, President John F. Kennedy, in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. In both cases, the two leaders were dealing with secret, unexpected, armed missions launched by aggressive Russian leaders against Western interests, with little precedent in both cases on how to handle the crises. Obviously the Cuban missile affair was a far more perilous showdown than what is now happening in the Ukraine. The Cuban affair had doomsday-type consequences. The invasion of Crimea does not entail any possibility of nuclear exchanges between two nations. But in other respects, there are parallels for Obama."
Read Schlesinger's full piece here.
The symposium’s most attended event was the afternoon keynote address, which focused on the debate between class- and race-based affirmative action. Keynote speaker Richard Kahlenberg from the Century Foundation in Washington, D.C., argued that affirmative action based on socioeconomic status is a more viable option than that based on race, calling it the future of affirmative action.
Read the full write-up here.
TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg was quoted in a recent article discussing the relationship of profit and the private sector to online education.
“Liberals tend to be more suspicious of the profit motive of education,” said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at progressive think tank the Century Foundation. “Where as Republicans tend to come at this with a pro-market bias and think more competition is better.”
Full article here.
In the Wall Street Journal, TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg presents "race-neutral alternatives to affirmative action" in light of recent struggles for colleges to obtain student body diversity.
In a 2012 study of 10 public universities that employed "race-neutral alternatives to affirmative action"—such as California's outreach and changes to eligibility criteria—Mr. Kahlenberg's organization found that at seven, "the representation of African-Americans and Latinos met or exceeded the levels achieved when the universities had used racial preferences."
Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Michigan were the exceptions, he said, because they are recruiting the same group of students as many elite private colleges that can consider race in admission and offer more scholarships. Competitive public universities face "a tilted playing field."
Read the full article at the WSJ.
TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg makes the case for socioeconomic integration of schools at the K-12 level as part of a forum on economic segregation in schools at New York University’s Furman Center. Read Kahlenberg’s full post, and check out the other entries in the series.
Last week, a New York Times column by Suzanne Mettler brought attention to the evolution of college from a mediator of equality to one of inequality, categorizing the current system of higher education as a caste system. Mettler contends that the astronomically large cost of college has become too much to bear for many low- and middle-class students, either effectively constraining their choice of university or forcing them to graduate with large amounts of student debt. This is particularly worrisome given the poor job market, in which a college degree is now a requisite for many jobs but is by no means a guarantee of employment after graduation.
Read the full editorial here.
The administration’s emphasis on curbing international tax maneuvers shows that officials are properly concerned that corporations are gaming the U.S. tax system, said Ed Kleinbard, a tax law professor at the University of Southern California.
Read the full article here.
“I’ve certainly given a lot of consideration, so has the Washington Post, to legal risks and exposure and staying on the right side of the line,” Gellman explained during a panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center. "And I don’t rule out that there is legal exposure either criminally in an unlikely case or rather more likely civil compulsion. Just because Edward Snowden has outted himself doesn’t mean every part of my iteration or my reporting around these documents has been disclosed or I’d be willing to disclose any more of it.”
Read the full article here.
"This leads into broader questions about how these leaks affect U.S. foreign policy, which are the topic of a debate in the new issue of Foreign Affairs between Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation, and Martha Finnemore and I. On the one side of this debate, there are arguments that leaks like these don’t really have major long-term consequences. Cohen believes that the leaks illustrate that what the United States says more or less matches up to what it does in private, and that even if they did provide proof of U.S. hypocrisy, it wouldn’t really change other states’ behavior. Finnemore and I, in contrast, think that these kinds of leaks may make U.S. foreign policy substantially more difficult, because they both damage U.S. legitimacy, and make it harder for other states to pretend that they don’t know what the United States is in fact doing."
Read the full response here.
What happens when an "uncatchable" drug kingpin gets caught? TCF senior fellow and international crime expert Patrick Radden Keefe shares his thoughts on the case of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán with CNN's Jake Tapper.
Watch the interview between Tapper and Keefe at CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."