Harris News

02.13.19

Harris Students Explore Jordan with New Pearson Institute Program

The Pearson Institute International Conflict Seminars (PICS) are new programs where students can focus on critical issues of global conflict through immersive international experiences. By engaging with government officials, NGOs, community leaders and more, students can gain a holistic perspective of global conflicts. 2018 PICS programs included Northern Ireland and Jordan. Read to hear from Adrian Rodriguez MA’19 and Elise Egan MPP’20 about their experiences in Jordan.

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CATO Unbound

02.13.19

The Perks and Perils of Having a State-Run Church

Johnson and Koyama make an ambitious and original claim about the origins of religious toleration. In brief, certain big shocks to western European society made it difficult for states to base their legitimacy and social control on a pact with the church. In response they had to develop capacity and new instruments which freed them to tolerate religious freedom.

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Washington Post Monkey Cage

01.28.19

Brazil’s prison gangs are launching massive terrorism attacks. This explains why

Just one day after his inauguration, Brazil’s right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro faced his first public-security crisis. On Jan. 2, prison gangs launched a terrorism campaign throughout Ceara state, paralyzing the capital city, Fortaleza. Although he has deployed federal troops, violence continues: 278 attacks in 55 cities over 26 days (and counting), with bridges and overpasses bombed, electricity knocked out in some neighborhoods, schools and gas stations set on fire, and dozens of buses burned.

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