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AU Newsmakers 5.21-5.28, 2021
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Blinken's Middle East Visit: "What Can He Offer?"
William Lawrence, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Al Jazeera America about what a visit to the Middle East means for the Israel-Palestine ceasefire agreement. Lawrence said, “Discussion… and then disagreement about a peace process could itself threaten the ceasefire.” Diane Orentlicher, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to NPR about an unfinished investigation into war crimes in Gaza. Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies, spoke to La Tercera, CGTN and Medi1TV about the unfolding situation in Gaza. (5/24, 5/25)

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The Question of Who Counts
Amanda Frost, professor in the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Atlantic about representation for noncitizens. Frost wrote, “Principles of equality support allocating political power based on the whole population to ensure that elected representatives of each district protect the interests of all who live there, whether or not those individuals can vote.” (5/26)
The U.S., Canada and Mexico Should Collaborate on Upskilling Workers
Earl Anthony Wayne, diplomat-in-residence in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Hill about the USMCA and skills training for workers. (5/25)

Torn Between Embracing Your Pandemic Looks or Changing Them? Here's How to Feel Your Best
Associate Professor of Psychology Nathaniel Herr spoke to The Washinton Post about dealing with body image changes coming out of the pandemic. Herr said, “Acceptance is an active process and not a sign of resignation.” (5/25)
One Year After Floyd's Death, Spike in Homicides Complicates Reform Debate
Michelle Engert, senior scholar-in-residence of public affairs, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcast Group about the federal police reform attempt. Engert said, “It seems like, in some locations, there is certainly momentum, but that's also met with the frustration of actually getting people to sign off on policy changes, and there are a lot of barriers to that, including police unions.” (5/24)
What Education Researchers Can Learn from Teachers
Cara Jackson, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Education, spoke to Education Week about what education researchers can learn from teachers. Jackson said, “There is a disconnect between teachers' needs and the relevance and usefulness of education research.” (5/24)
Cuba Says It Is Surprised and Irritated by New U.S. Terrorism Charge
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to Reuters about the Biden administration's charge that Cuba is not cooperating in the fight against terrorism. LeoGrande said, “This is odd since Cuba is already on the state supporter of terrorism list, which is obviously a more severe designation than non-cooperating.” (5/25)
More Americans Believe in Climate Change but Still Can't Quit Fossil Fuels
Professor of Sociology Chenyang Xiao spoke to The Verge about why it's hard to give up fossil fuels. Xiao said, “Attitudes towards climate change are hardly a predictor of policy support or pro-environmental actions.” (5/26)
Byron Allen Goes to Court Again to Battle for Black-Owned Media
Sonya Grier, marketing professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Bloomberg News about Byron Allen's lawsuit against McDonald's, which alleges widespread bias against Black-owned media companies. Grier said, “His lawsuit, that puts this in the public domain for people to talk about, is not something that normally happens.” (5/21)
Freddy's Taps Amazon's Machine Learning to Analyze Data, Drive Sales
Brian Hughes, adjunct professor in the School of Communication, spoke to Fast Casual about COVID-19 and the digitization of the hospitality industry. "Employers now have the ability to get in touch with employees at a moment's notice," said Hughes, "so on the one hand you have that digital development, and then, on the other hand, you have just these massive improvements in logistics."
As Crises Recede, Biden's Agenda Faces Uphill Climb
David Barker, director of the Center of Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Christian Science Monitor about the number of challenges President Biden faces in passing his agenda. Barker said, “It comes down to whether Manchin ultimately votes to go along.” (5/26)

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