In Their Own Words

“In Their Own Words” is a running collection of opinion pieces from BU experts. Here BU professors bring their perspective to top news stories, introducing new ideas or a different perspective on key issues making headlines.

Campaign 2012:The new Newt, the old Mitt

January 26th, 2012 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter. He is also the director of BU's State House Program. The latest in this season's breathless reporting on... More

Campaign 2012: Romney needs more voters

January 6th, 2012 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter. He is also the director of BU's State House Program. We live in a society that - at... More

CIA in Lebanon

November 21st, 2011 in International Relations, Opinion

Several CIA operatives have been arrested in Beirut over the past year, forcing the CIA to curb spying in Lebanon. The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Joseph Wippl, a 30-year CIA... More

Journalists’ arrests at Zuccotti Park

November 16th, 2011 in Communications, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication and Pulitzer-winning former executive editor of the Miami Herald:     As a former journalist who has been pepper gassed, detained, shoved and... More

Democracy in crisis: From Arab Spring to EU Fall?

November 15th, 2011 in Finance, International Relations, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Vivien Schmidt, a long-time EU watcher, and director of both the Center for International Relations and the Center for the Study of Europe. She is... More

Fresh air redistricting

November 9th, 2011 in Opinion, Politics

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter. He is also the director of BU's State House Program.     Another long-observed tradition has fallen in Massachusetts. No, More

MF Global fallout

November 2nd, 2011 in Business, Finance, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by Mark Williams, an expert on risk management who teaches finance at BU's School of Management. Williams is a former Federal Reserve examiner and the author of Uncontrolled Risk:... More

Gaddafi: He deserved it

October 24th, 2011 in International Relations, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by journalism professor Robert Zelnick, a Hoover Institute fellow and a former ABC News Middle East correspondent.         Muammar Gaddafi deserved to die. He earned the sentence in the early 1970s when... More

Eurozone debt situation

October 24th, 2011 in Finance, International Relations, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Vivien Schmidt, a long-time EU watcher. She is also the author of Policy Change and Discourse in Europe.       As the eurozone crisis rolls on, with world... More

Sirleaf’s Nobel Prize is a banner day for Africa

October 12th, 2011 in International Relations, Opinion

The following opinion piece was written by Charles Stith, director of BU's African Presidential Archives and Research Center and a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.       Congratulations President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Finally, More