Cullum Clark: How Geography Drives Inequality

We’re all familiar with the suburbs-to-downtown commute that many Americans make between their homes and jobs. But what happens when the suburbs stretch for hours outside the city center? In this summer’s edition of the Bush Institute’s Catalyst magazine, Tower Fellow Cullum Clark analyzed the impact of urban sprawl, industry clustering, and housing prices on wealth inequality.

“Most people can’t afford to live where the best opportunities are,” he wrote.

Read the article here.

Matthew Wilson Comments on Bipartisanship at Presidential Leadership Scholar Graduation

Tower Center Senior Fellow and SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson commented on the cross-aisle conversations that are taking place as Presidents Bush and Clinton met in Little Rock to celebrate the graduation of the 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars.

“In this day and age, there’s so little cooperation across party lines and so much polarization that any program that can bring people together under Democrat and Republican to talk about solution-based approaches to public policy challenges and transcend partisanship is extremely welcome,” Wilson said.

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Sionaidh Douglass-Scott Warns Parliament Against Giving Away Power in Brexit

Tower Center Fellow Sionaidh Douglass-Scott wrote an article for the UK’s Prospect magazine criticizing the House of Commons for spending too little time reviewing amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Bill. The bill, which dictates that the European Union would no longer be able to pass laws directly affecting the UK after Brexit, was passed through the Commons in only two days, and without much debate.

Douglass-Scott warns that “…time is of the essence, and yet there is also a democratic imperative in adequate parliamentary scrutiny of all of this paradigm changing legislation.”

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Why Aid Remains Out of Reach for Some Rohingya Refugees

Ashvina Patel, a PhD candidate at SMU’s Department of Anthropology,  wrote a piece for Sapiens explaining how healthcare eludes many Rohingya refugees in India despite the refugees having free access via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR. Patel spent 11 months with the Rohingya community in India for her research.

“The UNHCR does a lot of good, but the organization could do a better job addressing challenges refugees face in accessing the services to which they are permitted,” Patel wrote.

Read her essay here.

Darab Ganji Calls on Trump to Support Freedom Movement in Iran

Tower Center Board Member and political economist Darab Ganji wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News after President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ganji opens his piece writing the decision was “a bold move that could be extremely positive or potentially disastrous for the civilized world.”

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Mattew Wilson Comments on President Trump’s NRA Speech

Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson was interviewed by  BBC Weekend about President Trump’s comments on gun law at the NRA convention in Dallas last week. Wilson says he was in no way surprised by the status quo tone of President Trump’s NRA-rallying speech, even though President Trump had suggested that he was open to tightening gun laws after the Parkland mass shooting.

“I think the gun debate is, despite all of the activism surrounding it and all of the surge of student sentiment following the Parkland shooting, I think the gun debate in America is about where it’s been for some time” Wilson said.

Listen to the interview.

Center Spotlight | Jesus Canas

center spotlight jesus canasFor this month’s spotlight the SMU Tower Center interviewed Fellow Jesus Canas, a senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Canas analyzes regional economic growth, specializing on the border economy. He talked to us about the NAFTA renegotiation and the looming presidential election in Mexico.

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Associate Ed Rincón | “Unconscious Bias at Starbucks? I don’t think so.”

Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón wrote an opinion piece for The Culture of Research blog about the recent incident involving two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Rincón argues that the manager who called the police on these innocent men was not acting due to an unconscious bias, but due to a conscious one.

Read his full piece here.