Author Archive: The Wagner Review

Cyprus: Fantasy Island

Cyprus: Fantasy Island

“Troika prints Euros and buys nations,” reads a protest sign from March 25 in Nicosia, the center of Cypriot government and, these days, fervent patriotism. “Hands off Cyprus” is the common refrain of the ongoing financial crisis that envelops this Mediterranean island and threatens the beleaguered fiscal stability of the […]

 
 

Further research needed into U.S. teen pregnancy declines

Further research needed into U.S. teen pregnancy declines

It’s so rare to read about good news in social policy that it’s easy to forget it ever happens. And yet, a 2012 report released to the public last month by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the national teen pregnancy rate has fallen once again, continuing a decline that […]

 
 

Inequality of Opportunity: The Conservative Case for Early-Childhood Education

Inequality of Opportunity: The Conservative Case for Early-Childhood Education

By MARISSA B. SEMKIW Americans generally believe their country to be a land of equal opportunity, where if you work hard and follow the rules you will succeed, no matter your background. However this basic faith has been challenged in recent years, both in academia and in political discourse. Indeed, […]

 
 

How the U.S. Government Can Justify Killing You

How the U.S. Government Can Justify Killing You

If there is any truth to the idea that America’s war on terror is “endless,” it lies in the immeasurable consequences of our decision to compromise our liberties and relinquish our constitutional rights for that war’s sake. In that spirit, President Obama’s Justice Department has released a white paper that gives […]

 
 

Compensate the Drone Victims

Compensate the Drone Victims

As the legal debate over reforming U.S. drone strike policies escalates, absent from the discussion are the long-term ethical and political implications of civilian casualties. In neglecting these considerations, U.S. policymakers are forgetting a fundamental lesson learned over twelve years of state-building in Muslim countries: to accept responsibility when it […]

 
 

Barack Obama, Lobbyist-in-chief

Barack Obama, Lobbyist-in-chief

  Lobbying, the attempt to influence decisions made by government officials, carries negative connotations in the United States. In the public’s eyes, there’s nothing worse than a greedy corporate lobbyist working to maximize their company’s profits at the expense of their people’s well being. However, this caricature does not reflect the […]

 
 

Cuomo’s Casinos: Bad Politics, Bad Economics

Cuomo’s Casinos: Bad Politics, Bad Economics

  Governor Andrew Cuomo has put himself in a no-win position. He has embraced the clamor for upstate casinos and the promise of the slot machine as a means of economic development in the state’s depressed regions. Casinos played a prominent role in the development plan he unveiled in his […]

 
 

State of the Union Viewing Party and Happy Hour

State of the Union Viewing Party and Happy Hour

You watched the first presidential debate with us last fall – come join The Wagner Review and Wagner Policy Alliance again as we watch President Obama lay out his key priorities for the coming year in the first State of the Union address of his second term. Check out the […]

 
 

Bringing the People Back to American Democracy

Bringing the People Back to American Democracy

  The Parties Versus The People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans By Mickey Edwards Yale Press; 208 pp. Mickey Edwards served the people of Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years before leaving office in 1993. During his tenure, he held various senior positions—from […]

 
 

Justice Kennedy: Conservative Trailblazer

Justice Kennedy: Conservative Trailblazer

The Supreme Court has decided it will consider two very important cases involving same-sex marriage this term: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. Both appeals are likely to split the court in 5-4 decisions, and the central actor that could swing the rulings in either direction is Justice Anthony […]