Three Key Takeaways from President Biden’s Rapid Movement on Climate Policy

BU international relations and environmental policy expert reflects on whirlwind of climate action issued from the Oval Office With just over a week in office, President Joe Biden has moved quickly to reinstate the United States into multiple international agreements and agencies through new executive actions that undo moves by the Trump administration—including rejoining the […]

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Improving Life in Lebanon’s Refugee Camps

ENG students, researcher apply engineering skills to real-life problems There are nearly one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and about 350,000 of them make their temporary home in the Bekaa Valley. Just outside Zahle, the valley’s largest city, tens of thousands live in shelters made of wood, plastic sheets, and corrugated iron. Photo courtesy Helen […]

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BU’s Peter Berger Remembered as Outstanding Sociologist

Scholar who did landmark research into religion and development dies at 88 Peter Berger, a CAS professor emeritus who did pathbreaking sociological research into religion and the developing world, died June 27. Photo courtesy of Pardee School of Global Studies. New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks once confessed his debt to BU sociologist Peter Berger, “whose […]

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Supreme Court Travel Ban Review Shouldn’t Affect Students, Staff

University still advises consultation with ISSO advisors The Supreme Court yesterday allowed certain travel restrictions sought by President Trump to take effect, but an exception appears to cover BU affiliates. Photo by sframephoto/iStock. BU students, faculty, and staff, including students admitted beginning this fall, apparently will not be barred from entering the United States and […]

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BU Supports Second Lawsuit against Trump Travel Ban

University among 31 schools filing brief in US appeals court in Virginia Becca Heller (center) of the International Refugee Assistance Project talked to reporters after her group and others filed suit against President Trump’s travel ban. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images. Boston University is supporting a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order on […]

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US-Russian Relations Under the Microscope

Pardee expert: Trump-Putin connection unnerves allies President Donald Trump has been criticized for his rosy assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but his administration’s contacts with that nation have been problematic so far. Trump photo by Flickr contributor Gage Skidmore; Putin photo by the Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images. Robert G. Loftis knows diplomacy after three decades in […]

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Taking Stock of the New President’s Foreign Policy Proposals

BU experts predict “a ride like we… have never seen before” Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, has close ties with Russia, which concerns both senators who must confirm him and some BU foreign affairs scholars. Photo by Olivier Douliery/ABACA (Sipa via AP Images). rom vowing to pull out of last year’s United […]

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