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MEET OUR ELEPHANTS, BY REBECCA WINKLER ’16

Rebecca Winkler ’16 writes about her experience working with the Mahouts Elephant Foundation in the latest issue of Wesleyan magazine (“Letter Home” page 68). Here, she introduces us to four elephants she has come to think of as part of her family in the Karen hill tribe in Thailand, where she lives.

NO PASSING ZONE: AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE

Casey Dinges ’79 and his colleagues at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed a report card that has shaped the nation’s view of the dire state of our infrastructure. Planning a trip to the nation’s capital this year? You may get a firsthand glimpse of our country’s infrastructure problems: overcrowded airports, massive traffic…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR EMY MATESAN

Emy Matesan, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan, focuses on Middle East politics, particularly security and political violence, democratization, and Islamist movements. In Egypt and Indonesia, Matesan conducted National Science Foundation-supported fieldwork exploring why groups adopt or abandon violence. 1. In the wake of the attack in Manchester, England, what have we learned about ISIS…

CONFLICT OVER A MODEL OF ISLAMIC PLURALISM

BY PETER GOTTSCHALK Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk’s research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and scientific traditions. He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence. A version of this article appeared…

THE COMMON GROUND ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND SECURITY

BY JOSEPH CASSIDY ’86 Joseph Cassidy ’86 is a Wilson Center fellow and former State Department foreign service officer. Follow him on Twitter @cassidyjosephp. The following is excerpted from an article of his published by the Wilson Center. President Trump seems to conceive of domestic counterterrorism efforts as analogous to a police roadblock. Potential terrorists,…