Anna Getmansky

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Why did Turkey intervene in Syria? Most commentators are explaining this decision by referring to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, and Turkey’s goal of removing the Kurdish militias — that control areas in northern Syria — from its border. Observers also are focusing on President Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish allies.

What has been lost in the focus on U.S. foreign policy are the 3.6 million Syrian refugees that reside in Turkey — the highest number of refugees hosted by any country in the world. The growing public dissatisfaction in Turkey with the presence of Syrian refugees is key to understanding the decision to launch the operation in Syria — an operation that aims at establishing a safe zone where the refugees can be resettled.…  Seguir leyendo »

This map shows the areas studied, outlining the sections assigned to the north, south and outer zones.

The Trump administration is pressing ahead with building a wall along the nation’s southern border. President Trump often justifies the border wall by saying it will help deter crime.

But do border walls cut down on crime? Our research on the separation barrier erected by Israel in the West Bank suggests not.

Here’s how we did our research

In a recent paper, we studied whether the initial phase of wall construction in the West Bank, between 2000 and 2004, reduced vehicle thefts in Israel. During that period, the Israeli wall was partially constructed, much as is true for the U.S. border wall.…  Seguir leyendo »