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Elaine Kamarck

Lecturer in Public Policy

 

 

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October 23, 2012

"The Final Debate And Mitt Romney's Weight"

Op-Ed, WBUR

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[N]o one in the modern Republican Party seems to be too worried about the fact that they have alienated some of the fastest growing parts of the electorate."

 

 

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April 30, 2012

"One Answer to Secret Service Scandal? Hire More Women"

Op-Ed, CNN.com

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"In the decade since the September 11 attacks, we have come to understand that the shady world of terror is inextricably bound up with the shady world of illegal activity. How many 'prostitutes' are also foreign agents or terrorist operatives? How many others are simply willing to make money, first by selling themselves and then by selling whatever they find in the bedrooms of American government personnel to someone who is up to no good?"

 

 

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April 4, 2012

"The 2012 US Election — Through the Prism of the Economy"

Op-Ed, Public Service Europe

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Barring a dramatic event like a terrorist attack or a meltdown of historic proportions in Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan — even foreign policy will be viewed through the prism of the economy. Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, driven in large part by the humongous amount of treasure — in both blood and dollars — we have spent in a place that seems as resistant to a western view of government as ever."

 

 

November 2007

"Fixing the Department of Homeland Security"

Policy Brief

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

In November 2002, Congress passed legislation creating the first new Cabinet department in more than a decade — the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Now in its fourth year, the department is plagued with problems and chronic mismanagement. If DHS is to fulfill its mission, the next president will have to take a hard look at the agency and make some major structural changes....This paper proposes a redirection and redefinition of DHS, with an aim toward helping it more effectively pursue its core mission: protecting the American people.

 

 

May 11, 2007

"How Blair Modernized the U.K."

Op-Ed, Newsday

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[H]e began to modernize the British Labor Party. His first big move as party leader was to repudiate the infamous Clause 4 of the Labor Party platform, a section calling for national control of industries. In doing so, Blair signaled to his party and his country that the links between them and their socialist past were history.

 

 

March 13, 2006

"'Fortunate Sons' Should Have to Serve"

Op-Ed, Newsday

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...the unarmored Humvees that patrolled the streets of Baghdad and caused so much death and injury to the troops would likely have been replaced quickly with armored cars designed to patrol insurgent territory if 'the daughters of, say, President Bush and Bill Clinton had been patrolling the streets of Baghdad with, say, the son of the CEO of the New York Times.'"

 

 

February 8, 2006

"Put up Your Dukes, Democrats"

Op-Ed, Newsday

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Now that another election year is upon us, the fear of Rove is back — even though corruption, cronyism and Katrina have combined to erode the Bush administration's popularity. Some Democrats are so freaked by the past they are arguing that members of the party should stay away from one of the biggest issues of the day: the Bush administration's domestic spying operations."

 

 

October 2005

Transforming the Intelligence Community: Improving the Collection and Management of Information

Report

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

In the years since the end of the Cold War, the intelligence community (IC) has engaged in much soul searching but with little action. That is beginning to change in the wake of intelligence failures surrounding September 11, 2001, and in Iraq. But the solutions enacted so far, especially the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, do not get to some of the real problems in the community. The community was built to follow the Soviet monolith, and it needs fundamental reforms in the ways ordinary intelligence officers work to meet the new threats of the 21st century.

 

 

January 21, 2005

"What's The Lesson Here for the Dems?"

Op-Ed, Newsday

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"....The Democratic opportunity lies in the fact that the Bush vision is very likely to fall apart. It calls for a level of involvement in the world that is akin to that at the height of the Cold War, where we inserted ourselves in countries around the world to keep them out of the Soviet sphere. This level of involvement requires a level of mobilization that the Bush team is reluctant to commit to. It means lots of spies, lots of troops, lots of taxpayer dollars. It's inconsistent with permanent tax cuts and taking money out of Social Security for private accounts...."

 

October 23, 2012

"The Final Debate And Mitt Romney's Weight"

Op-Ed, WBUR

By Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer in Public Policy

"...[N]o one in the modern Republican Party seems to be too worried about the fact that they have alienated some of the fastest growing parts of the electorate."

 

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