Dallas Morning News
Originally Posted: July 20, 2016
Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón was featured in the Dallas Morning News discussing his research company’s recent study about the affects of the growing Latino population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. READ MORE
Originally Posted: July 13, 2016
Tower Center Associate Edward Rincón, president of the research company Rincón & Associates LLC, published his recent findings in a press release detailing how Latino growth in Dallas- Fort Worth will disrupt several consumer markets including legal services and healthcare. READ MORE
Dallas Morning News
Originally Posted: July 8, 2016
Could Dallas-Fort Worth become the business capital of NAFTA?
The metro area is already a major exporter to Mexico and Canada, the U.S. partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement.
D-FW has a huge transportation network and distribution hub, which are heavily invested in trade that’s often tied to NAFTA. Dozens of companies from the two countries have operations here, and D-FW is a popular target for international home buyers, especially from Mexico.
Dallas is also a leader in finance and business services, part of a growing export sector. Nationwide, service exports to Canada and Mexico rose 38 percent in the five years after the recession, and it’s a good bet that D-FW got its share.
“Many times, I’ve called Dallas the capital of NAFTA,” said James Hollifield, a professor and director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. “Look at trade levels, investment, migration, companies basing their operations in D-FW. It’s all just growing constantly.” READ MORE
New York Times
Originally Posted: July 1, 2016
AFTER the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., some legislators are seeking to create a “no buy” list to block certain people from purchasing guns. Last month the Senate considered (but voted down) measures that would have prevented gun sales to anyone in the federal Terrorist Screening Database, a.k.a. the terrorist watch list. And while a proposal by Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, to deny sales to anyone on the government’s no-fly list did not pass last week, it was not voted down either, offering supporters hope. READ MORE
Originally Posted: June 24, 2016
Of all the demographics that were torn apart by the Brexit vote — old/young, rural/urban, rich/poor — one of the most dramatic was between voters who consider themselves English first, and those who identify as British.
People who see themselves as British, that is as part of a commonwealth in a single United Kingdom, were more likely to vote with the losing side to Remain in the wider European Union. Self-identified Welsh were about evenly split, leaning more Remain the further they live from Cardiff and the English border. And a majority of Scots, having already rejected secession from the U.K. in 2014, likewise voted to Remain.
But people who identify primarily as English were overwhelmingly more likely to vote to Leave, at 72%. They were the great winners of the referendum, and an analysis of voting intention surveys shows how their three main motivators — economy, security and culture — were expressed in attitudes that ranged from narrow, self-interested xenophobia to romantic, nostalgic English nationalism.
“A lot of people perceive that immigration has produced a huge cultural threat to the English traditions, way of life, Judeo-Christian religious traditions, and all those things. It’s not politically correct to talk about it, but they are really concerned. Immigration was huge in this referendum,” said Harold Clarke, author of Affluence, Austerity & Electoral Change in Britain, and professor of political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Negative attitudes towards immigration were a huge driver of Leave voting. That’s something that’s been building for years.” READ MORE
Originally Posted: June 24, 2016
European political insider Sergey Lagodinsky was guest speaker for the recent “Populism in Europe and Germany” event sponsored by SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies. Lagodinsky, a Berlin-based attorney/author/political commentator who heads the EU/North America Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, was introduced by Tower Center Director James Hollifield. (Photo credit: Flickr)
1) “Reactive populism is on the rise in Europe and the U.S.,” Hollifield said before the talk. “Until recently Germany has escaped this trend. The bitter experience of Nazism seems to have inoculated Germany from radical-right politics. But will Germany continue to buck the trend?”
2) “Welcome to the Age of Populism.” Opening his discussion with this remark, Lagodinsky explained that while populism in America traditionally has been viewed as a positive reinforcement of democracy, “in Europe it carries a negative connotation of nationalism, distrust of government, anger over a stagnant economy and, chiefly, the growing migrant crisis.”
3) Populist parties vary, but share one “zero point”: “The European Union represents everything they dislike,” Lagodinsky said.
New Books Network
Originally Posted: June 19, 2016
George McGovern is largely remembered today for his dramatic loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign, yet he enjoyed a long career characterized by many remarkable achievements. In Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern (Princeton UP, 2016), the first in a projected two-volume biography of the senator and Democratic Party presidential nominee, Thomas Knock chronicles McGovern’s life and career from his Depression-era upbringing in South Dakota to his 1968 reelection campaign and emergence as a presidential contender. Knock describes McGovern’s transformation from a shy young boy into a confident debater who, after America went to war in 1941, volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 bomber pilot and flew 35 combat missions over Germany and Austria. Upon returning home, he embarked on a path that took him from the ministry to a Ph.D. in history and then the college classroom before he settled upon a career in politics. After serving two terms in the House of Representatives and as Director of Food for Peace in the Kennedy administration, in 1962 McGovern won a seat in the United States Senate, where he emerged as a prescient critic of America’s descent into the Vietnam War. In detailing his opposition to that expanding conflict, Knock not only shows how McGovern emerged as a national leader, but also demonstrates the relevance of his vision to the challenges our nation faces today. LISTEN
Originally Posted: June 20, 2016
Tower Center fellow Sionaidh Douglas-Scott was interviewed for the Financial Times article “Untangling Britain from Europe would cause constitutional ‘havoc’” June 20. READ MORE
Dallas Morning News
Originally Posted: June 9, 2016
Latinos are increasingly optimistic about their finances, a report from the Pew Research Center finds, and that’s good news for the Texas economy.
Although other measures still show that Latinos have lagged behind Americans overall since the recession, economists say those who see their financial situations as promising are more likely to make big purchases, invest in their education or start new businesses.
“This sense of optimism, while it might not quite match other economic indicators, means people are feeling confident enough to purchase a car, save money for their children’s college education,” said Mark Lopez, the study’s author and Pew’s director of Hispanic research.
In other words, your attitude makes a difference in money matters. READ MORE
Originally Posted: June 8, 2016
SMU Vice President Brad Cheves honored with scholars’ fund
DALLAS (SMU) – An anonymous donor has established The Brad E. Cheves Endowed Tower Center Scholars Program fund in honor of the University’s vice president for Development and External Affairs. SMU President R. Gerald Turner surprised Cheves with the announcement at the April 27 meeting of the Tower Center Executive Board of Directors.
The fund will support the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars – a select group of students who are chosen every year to combine academic studies with experience in the real world of public policy and international affairs. Tower Scholars are enrolled in an exclusive minor in Public Policy and International Affairs, which pairs policy practitioners with SMU faculty to combine critical thinking and analytical skills within a rigorous academic framework.
The application-only minor is open to all majors across the schools, with admission based on a competitive application process. The first cohort of scholars will graduate in 2017. READ MORE