Obama’s SOTU: Politics, Poverty, Tax Policy and War Authority

Obama’s SOTU: Politics, Poverty, Tax Policy and War Authority

January 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Dr. Michael Shank, adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses President Obama’s State of the Union address. Shank examines Obama’s free community college pledge within the context of US poverty and inequality rates, Obama’s tax policies, and Congressional war authority. Video courtesy of RT.

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No Indictment: Missouri’s Militarization Escalates Ferguson Violence

No Indictment: Missouri’s Militarization Escalates Ferguson Violence

November 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Michael Shank, PhD, adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses on WBAI the militarization of Ferguson police and Missouri National Guard. Shank examines how the militarized response escalated the conflict and how the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security are militarizing police […]

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US-Afghanistan Security Deal Demonstrates Poor Policy Priorities

US-Afghanistan Security Deal Demonstrates Poor Policy Priorities

September 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

Michael Shank, PhD, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses with Al Jazeera English the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement and US military presence in Afghanistan. Video courtesy of AJE.

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Why UN Development Goals Matter: Beyond 2015

Why UN Development Goals Matter: Beyond 2015

July 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Michael Shank, Ph.D., associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses UN nation-state progress on the Millennium Development Goals and transition post-2015 to the Sustainable Development Goals.  Shank highlights the need for […]

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Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis

Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis

October 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Dr. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the lessons learned (or not learned) from the 2008 Financial Crisis. Video courtesy of American University’s School of International Service and […]

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US in Somalia: CIA or Socio-Economic Development?

US in Somalia: CIA or Socio-Economic Development?

August 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses America’s past, present and future role in Somalia.  Shank recommends an alternative way forward, one that prioritizes socio-economic and political development, instead […]

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Somalia’s Tourism and America’s Role in Mogadishu

Somalia’s Tourism and America’s Role in Mogadishu

August 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, talks about his recent trip to Mogadishu, Somalia, on Voice of America’s Africa 54 program.  Shank discusses Somali tourism and the need for […]

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Rebuild Infrastructure to Rebuild Middle Class (ASCE: $3.6 trillion)

Rebuild Infrastructure to Rebuild Middle Class (ASCE: $3.6 trillion)

July 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses on Washington Post TV ways in which the American middle class can be rebuilt through a  American Society of Civil Engineer-led $3.6 trillion […]

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On Republican Party’s 159th Birthday, Democrats Give Up Gun Control

March 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm

On the 159th Anniversary of the founding of the Republican Party, Michael Shank discusses Senator Harry Reid’s defeat in championing Senator Feinstein’s assault weapons ban bill on Current TV with John Fugelsang.  Shank discusses exactly what gun control legislation is likely pass the US Congress, the political fallout from Senator […]

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What Wisconsin’s Mass Shooting at Sikh Temple Says About American Violence

August 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Michael Shank, vice president at the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses the spate of mass shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado, the relationship between poverty, income inequality and violence, the role of health and education in preventing violence, and the tax, trade and labor policies that increase the likelihood of […]

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