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Veterans and suicides?

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | February 1, 2016

The “wave of veteran suicides,” in the words of The New York Times editors last year, seems to cap the traumas that the vets have borne in service to the nation. It turns out, however, that actually establishing that there is a connection between military service and suicide is difficult. It may take years more … Continue reading »

Can total war in the Middle East be prevented?

Cihan Tugal, professor, sociology | October 29, 2015

Three weeks ago, Russia started to directly intervene in Syria. The proxy war between Russia and Iran on the one hand, and the United States and Saudi Arabia on the other, threatens to turn into an actual war. Having lost control over its “victories” in the last fourteen years, the U.S. would rather keep this … Continue reading »

Ukraine’s Economic Crisis is Deep; It Needs Loans Faster Than You May Think

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, associate professor of economics | February 10, 2015

The uncertainty around how much — and how soon — Ukraine might get help from international lenders is contributing to two real economic dangers facing the country: a default on its debts and a radical slashing of the budget. Ukraine’s friends — the United States and European governments — need to do a better job, … Continue reading »

Putin’s Endgame

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, associate professor of economics | September 2, 2014

By Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Gerard Roland (UC Berkeley) There is every evidence that Russian troops are fighting the Ukrainian army on the Ukrainian soil. This Russian invasion is a further escalation of the war between Ukraine and Russian-sponsored separatists and terrorists in the East of Ukraine. As soon as the Ukrainian forces were about to … Continue reading »

Can’t believe it

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | February 14, 2012

In the flurry of reviews – and comments on the reviews – of Stephen Pinker’s recent book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, I spy a frequent complaint. (Here is my own analysis of Pinker, in the Boston Review.) The book’s central claim is that rates of killing, attacks, brutality, and … Continue reading »