Month: April 2014

Military Sexual Trauma Among Female Service Members: Prevalence, Procedure, and Possible Solutions

Students from Dr. Jacqueline Angel’s LBJ School seminar “Women and the Changing World of Work,” address obstacles faced by women in the military in this series. To view more of the series, please click the “Women in the Military” tag below.  Author’s Note: *Trigger Warning* This piece discusses sexual assault. Congress, military leadership, and the American public are growing increasingly concerned with military sexual trauma. Sexual assault in the military is of particular importance because it disrupts military readiness and troop cohesion and is correlated with long- and short-term mental health services, lost productivity, pain and suffering for victims. According...

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Empowering a Soldier’s Choice to be “Mom”

Students from Dr. Jacqueline Angel’s LBJ School seminar “Women and the Changing World of Work,” address obstacles faced by women in the military in this series. To view more of the series, please click the “Women in the Military” tag below.  For over forty years, women have faced challenges and made gains in the military but they continue to lack the policy support necessary to be the most effective soldiers and mothers. Motherhood is much more of an obstacle for women in the military, than fatherhood is for men in the military.  This reality stems from the time-tested notion that...

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Immigration: An Obstructed Pathway to the American Dream

The recent Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library looked back on the actions of courageous individuals who made tremendous sacrifices in order to extend the promises of the American Dream to all citizens. Today we are reminded that despite many victories, the struggle for civil rights continues in today’s immigration debate. The summit’s second panel “Immigration: Pathway to the American Dream,” provided little more stale political rhetoric from San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and former governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour. During the debate, a young undocumented activist yelled out and challenged Castro to confront the elephant in the...

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Immigration Reform: Challenge for the Future, Hope from the Past

The recent Civil Rights Summit recognized the role of bold U.S. leaders seeking equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.  The triumphs of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration were remarkable and certainly merited celebration, but they were not without setbacks, frustration and compromise.  Even as he addressed the nation after signing the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the new law’s precise effect on underrepresented Americans remained unclear.   However, one of the most significant changes has been in the faces of those very Americans.  Fifty years ago, the faces were primarily African-American.  Today, the faces are primarily immigrants. Immigration reform...

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Taking the Training Wheels off NATO

Lower your wallets and keep your tax dollars where you can see them. There is no reason to go marching off to provoke—and pay for—a new Cold War. The crisis in Ukraine caught the West unprepared to deal with Russian aggression in Eurasia. NATO, the transatlantic security bloc that manned the front lines of the Cold War, is a shell of what it once was. Less than 30 years ago, NATO included more than 400,000 combat-ready American troops and 800 American aircraft. Today, fewer than 70,000 U.S. troops and 170 planes remain in Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin knew...

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