3Qs: Evaluating U.S.-Afghanistan relations

Kim­berly Jones, a fac­ulty asso­ciate in North­eastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment, ana­lyzes Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s visit to Afghanistan on the eve of the one-​​year anniver­sary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

3Qs: Disconnect between Obama and the Republican Party

A day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Thursday will explore the fas­ci­nating sub­plots of the polit­ical land­scape now that the 2012 elec­tions are less than a year away. The event was orga­nized by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To pre­view the con­fer­ence, we asked Crotty to examine how Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has fared in his first term in dealing with resis­tance from the Repub­lican Party.

3Qs: Evaluating Obama’s student loan plan

Last week, Pres­i­dent Obama announced a series of reg­u­la­tory changes aimed at easing the burden of stu­dent loans for recent col­lege grad­u­ates who may not be making enough money to repay their debts. Pro­fessor Jef­frey Born, a finance expert in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, says while the changes may not help many recent grad­u­ates, they could help stu­dents who are preparing to grad­uate — espe­cially those with degrees that may not net them high-​​paying jobs.

3Qs: Getting the story on the debt ceiling

The con­tentious debate over the debt ceiling became one of this summer’s hottest news sto­ries. We asked Dan Kennedy, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the overall cov­erage as well as the chal­lenges jour­nal­ists face when reporting any polit­i­cally charged story.

Fast track to environmental career

Master’s degree in hand, North­eastern alumna wins com­pet­i­tive pres­i­den­tial fel­low­ship to work on fed­eral high-​​speed rail project

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.

3Qs: Despite debt deal, damage done

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama reached a last-​​minute agree­ment on Tuesday to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and avoid default. How­ever, the crisis has dam­aged the United States’ standing in the world’s economy, according to Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern University.

Partisan politics hinders debt-​​ceiling deal

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama have yet to reach an agree­ment to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a neces­sity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. William Dickens, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy at North­eastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depres­sion if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.

3Qs: Campaigning in Twitter’s virtual ‘big tent’

Pres­i­dent Obama, who’s known for his social media savvy, held the first-​​ever Twitter Town Hall meeting last week, where he answered the public’s ques­tions about taxes, jobs and the economy. Dan Kennedy, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, is an expert in news reporting and social net­works. Here, he dis­cusses Obama’s choice to engage the public through Twitter, and the use of social media by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and journalists.

3Qs: As debt-​​limit deadline nears, more economic pain looms

Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim­othy Geitner says Con­gress has until August 2nd to approve an increase in the fed­eral debt limit — enabling the Trea­sury to borrow more money — or the U.S. gov­ern­ment will not be able to meet all of its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. Here, North­eastern finance and eco­nomics instructor Richard Goettle dis­cusses what could happen to the economy if Con­gress and the White House fail to find common ground.