Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi met a violent death at the hands of revolutionary forces last Thursday in his hometown of Sirte, less than a year after he vowed to perish rather than concede defeat to a popular uprising. We asked Kimberly Jones, a faculty associate in Northeastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, to analyze the impact of Gadhafi’s death on the nation of Libya and its potential effect on global perceptions of the Arab Spring.
On Friday, President Obama announced the United States would withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year, ending the war in Iraq that lasted nearly nine years. We asked political science professor Denis Sullivan, director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, to offer insight on what factors may have influenced this turn of events and the potential global impact of this final withdrawal.
Last week, federal authorities disrupted an alleged plot involving the assassination of Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., as well as subsequent attacks on Saudi and Israeli embassies. Officials claimed the plot was conceived in Iran. We asked Kimberly Jones, a faculty associate in Northeastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, to explain how these allegations may affect international relations.
Spotlight blurb: Last week, death-row inmate Troy Davis was executed following a highly controversial trial and conviction for the murder of an off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer in 1989. The case gained national attention because eyewitnesses who testified against Davis later recanted. We asked Michael Meltsner, the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor in the School of Law, to provide some context on Davis’ case and capital punishment.
Northeastern conference brings together scholars, innovators and policy makers to discuss the relationship between intellectual property and innovation.
The months-long legal battle that has been raging between Samsung and Apple over patent infringement on Apple’s iPad is just one example of the patent wars being waged throughout the technology industry lately. Last month, Google acquired Motorola Mobility largely to obtain its slew of patents. We asked Susan Barbieri Montgomery, executive professor of law and business in Northeastern’s School of Law and College of Business Administration, to explain why these tech giants are so determined to build a “war chest” of patents.
As Americans’ daily correspondence continues shifting from mailboxes to inboxes, the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) financial woes have grown more severe. The agency may report a loss as high as $10 billion this fiscal year, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe is lobbying Congress for the authority to take drastic cost-cutting measures — laying off 120,000 employees, closing up to 3,700 branches and eliminating Saturday mail service. We asked finance professor Harlan Platt to explain how the USPS arrived here.
Addressing both houses of Congress on Thursday night, President Obama introduced the “American Jobs Act,” a plan to help stimulate the troubled U.S. economy and encourage job creation. Obama urged Congress to act quickly to pass the bill and made an effort to include programs that have been supported by both parties. We asked William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and professor of political science, to provide his perspective on the jobs plan and what role politics might play in its success or failure.
China’s Ministry of Culture recently mandated removing 100 songs by Asian, and some American, artists from websites across the country in an effort to preserve China’s “national cultural security.” The ministry claims the banned songs weren’t submitted for screening and haven’t been approved for distribution. We asked Hua Dong, a faculty member in Northeastern’s Asian Studies Program and an expert on Chinese pop culture, to analyze government censorship and its impact on Chinese culture.
Whether or not you’re a fan of pop star Katy Perry, her skyrocketing success cannot be denied. She won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend, and recently became the first female artist in the Billboard Hot 100 history to have five singles from one album reach No. 1 — joining only Michael Jackson in achieving this feat. We asked music industry expert David Herlihy, associate academic specialist in the College of Arts, Media and Design, to examine how the music industry has changed since Jackson’s reign.
In the wake of Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt and with unemployment rates remaining high, the nation’s troubled economy is a constant topic of discussion. We asked Nicole M. Boyson, the William Conley Faculty Fellow and Professor of Finance for some tips to stabilize individuals’ personal finances as they ride out the recession.
Northeastern professor wins Fulbright scholarship to study effects of country’s recent commercialization of oil and gas fields