Politics of Gun Control, Part 2: NRA, Congress and America’s Social Capital

July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Michael Shank, vice president of the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses the politics of gun control in America with John Velleco, federal director of Gun Owners of America.  Shank highlights Congressional leadership vis-a-vis gun safety, the cost of violence in America, the implications of the National Rifle Association lobby, […]

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A Volatile Mix: Mental Illness, Lax Gun Laws and Violence’s Socio-Economic Fixation

July 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Michael Shank, vice president at the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses Colorado’s gun laws, gun safety in society, early warning systems for mental illness, health insurance coverage for preventative care and services, rigorous background checks that better assess mental health, and the socio-economic factors that strongly correlate with more […]

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Beyond the Aurora Theater Shooting, How to Prevent Gun Violence in America

July 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Michael Shank, vice president at the Institute for Economics and Peace, talks with CCTV hosts in Beijing regarding the absence of gun control laws in the state of Colorado and discusses the socio-economic indicators that strongly correlate with violence levels in US states and cities.  Video courtesy of CCTV News.

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French American Global Forum: Intro Remarks on Decline of United Nations

June 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Michael Shank, vice president at the Institute for Economics and Peace, speaks at the French Embassy as part of the French American Global Forum’s series on the decline of the United Nations’ efficacy and influence in global affairs.  Shank moderates the panel and discusses the past, present and future role […]

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UN Press Conference: Intro Remarks on 2012 Global Peace Index, Positive Peace Index

June 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Michael Shank, vice president for the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses the findings of the 2012 Global Peace Index and the 2012 Positive Peace Index at a press conference at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Shank is joined by Robert Powell, Senior Editor of the Economist Intelligence […]

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Assessing State Resilience: How Nations Survive Economic & Environmental Shocks

June 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Michael Shank, vice president for the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses the findings of the 2012 Global Peace Index and the 2012 Positive Peace Index at CSIS headquarters in Washington DC.  Shank discusses how these tools, which measure negative and positive peace, respectively, can be used to assess nation-state […]

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Beyond Job Numbers: How to Fix America’s Soaring Poverty and Inequality Rates

June 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Michael Shank, vice president for US operations at the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses the possibility of a second recession, US monthly job and unemployment numbers, America’s soaring poverty and inequality rates, the need for new tax, labor and trade policies and the need for stricter enforcement of Dodd-Frank, […]

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Israeli Attack on Iran, Harsh US Rhetoric, Nonproliferation Treaties and the US Appetite for War

February 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Michael Shank discusses Israel’s potential plan to attack Iran in early 2012, the need for enforcement of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, President Obama and the State Department’s rhetoric on Iran, Saudi Arabia and the oil markets, and recent polling on American appetite for an attack on Iran.  Interview courtesy of […]

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South Carolina and New Hampshire Primaries, Super PAC Money in Politics, and the Economy

January 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Michael Shank discusses the New Hampshire Primary results, the upcoming South Carolina Primary, the impact of Super PAC money on democracy, the presidential races of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul, as well as the state of South Carolina’s economy. Interview courtesy of FOX News.

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President Obama Announces New Military Strategy and Defense Cuts at Pentagon

January 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Michael Shank, US Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses President Obama’s new defense strategy announced at the Pentagon this week and discusses where the cuts in defense spending will occur and how it will impact the future direction of US warfare.  Video courtesy of CTV News.

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