Author Archive: The Wagner Review

The Combat Ceiling

The Combat Ceiling

Hidden from public view, a cultural civil war is being waged within the United States military. The scope of this struggle was momentarily illuminated during the repeal of the armed forces’ homophobic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which sought to prevent any service members from openly declaring a non-heterosexual orientation. […]

 
 

Mexico’s Foreign Policy: A New Opportunity

Mexico’s Foreign Policy: A New Opportunity

Mexico is currently undergoing a period of government transition: on December 1, the PRI returned to power for the first time in twelve years. In its wake, the outgoing government left a country with a sound macroeconomic environment and an expected growth rate of 3.8 percent for 2012. Despite this […]

 
 

An Election Without God

An Election Without God

The 2012 election challenged the religious conscience of America, and America won. Americans nearly elected Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for President and did it without senseless pleading to preserve “our Christian nation”. Somehow, fortunately, the religious fanatics who flooded the airwaves during Obama’s campaign in ‘08 were mute during Romney’s […]

 
 

Zombie City

Zombie City

Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City by George Galster. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 328 pp. Urbanists across America—likely across the world—are familiar with the woes of the Motor City. Descriptors like “plight,” “blight,” or even “ruin” abound. Detroit itself has less than half the 1.8 […]

 
 

Teach Children a Sense of Entitlement

Teach Children a Sense of Entitlement

When dozens of students were caught cheating on high school graduation exams this summer, much of the media coverage questioned the level of pressure that students there faced to achieve academically. In the last few years, a number of books and the documentary film Race to Nowhere have focused on this question […]

 
 

Deadly Silence

Deadly Silence

In the town hall-style presidential debate, Mitt Romney claimed it is “illegal in this country to have automatic weapons.” Neither candidate made a claim farther from the truth all night. It is very much legal to own automatic weapons—both semi- and fully automatic— and their ammunition, much like the arsenal […]

 
 

Decision(S) 2012: Cast Your Vote

In the spirit of presidential debate season, The Wagner Review and the Wagner Policy Alliance have agreed to a contest of their own. Prior to the first presidential debate, Associate Dean Fritzen posed the question below to both organizations. Both organizations have drafted an op-ed in response to the prompt. […]

 
 

Being Presidential – What the Debates Don’t Tell Us about our Candidates

Being Presidential – What the Debates Don’t Tell Us about our Candidates

For many, presidential debates are peak moments in the electoral season. The popularity and importance of debates highlights a fundamental dynamic of our political system and cultural ethos – Americans like a good fight. But despite the emotional response many of us may have to strong debate performances, some of […]

 
 

Rhetoric Requires Action

Rhetoric Requires Action

Inspiration was the package aiming to be delivered at Wednesday night’s first presidential debate. Unfortunately, even inspiration was relatively low on the outcome, as was lucid and concise policy-specific debate. Carefully thought out, marketable promises with hopeful, but none too clarifying rhetoric was the entirety of the menu for both […]

 
 

Journalist Ahmed Rashid to Speak at Puck on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan

Journalist Ahmed Rashid to Speak at Puck on U.S. Relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Wagner Review is pleased to present an event with Ahmed Rashid, esteemed Pakistani guerrilla-turned-journalist, this Thursday in the Rice Conference Room at Puck. Mr. Rashid has produced some of the boldest and most insightful looks into conflict and insecurity in Central Asia over the last decade. What: Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: […]