Executive Powers: Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on the Power of the Memorandum (Stars and Stripes)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum aiming to make a military buildup policy. Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, comments on the power of the memorandum in “Trump taps executive power on military—with limits,” an article in the American military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

A Great Divergence: The Country’s Earnings and Education Rift (The Atlantic)

The regional and educational divergence of Americans has generated increasingly different experiences of the country for its citizens. The earning gap between those with college educations and those without has created cultural riffs, and since 80% of people in rural America are without bachelor’s degrees, variance between cities and rural areas magnifies.

The Atlantic explores how globalization and the rise of computers have contributed to the concentration of good jobs in small areas, and the political and cultural implications of these divisions. Read more.

Analysis: Assessing Trump’s First Cybersecurity Executive Order (Lawfare)

Lawfare reviews a draft of President Trump’s first executive order pertaining to cybersecurity.

The order, “Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and Capabilities,” calls for several assessments of the country’s cybersecurity, yet it omits any mention of the FBI. Read more.

Bowdoin Economist Meardon Offers Thoughts on Proposed Border Tax

Stephen Meardon

Associate Professor of Economics Stephen Meardon, on leave from Bowdoin this academic year, has temporarily assumed the directorship of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Meardon has been examining the issues at play with the proposed 20 percent border tax on Mexican imports and offers his insights. Read more in Bowdoin News.