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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 recipients of its Democracy & Markets graduate student fellowships. With thirteen grantees in seven different disciplines, the Tobin Project’s network of aspiring scholars is growing, and the forum program is expanding to New Haven. In the fall of 2011, the Tobin Project will host monthly Graduate Student Forums in New Haven, CT for its grantees at Yale University to share their research in an interdisciplinary setting. 

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In May 2011, Robert Art (Brandeis University, Politics), Barry Posen (MIT, Political Science), William Hitchcock (University of Virginia, History), and Jeremi Suri shared their work on U.S. grand strategy with a group of diplomats, think-tank researchers, and scholars at a seminar convened by the Tobin Project and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Participants – including former U.S. diplomats Dr.

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In May, the authors of the Tobin Project’s Preventing Capture volume met to review, critique, and discuss their chapters prior to submitting full drafts this summer. The meeting built on the energy and ideas developed at the November 2010 author meeting, which included early-stage policymaker input, and a process of revision and consultation with the volume’s co-editors and Tobin Project staff over the winter.

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that it will host a forum and fellowship program for doctoral students undertaking work related to its inquiry into the "Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy." This program seeks to foster rigorous, policy-relevant research on how the United States can better wield nonkinetic, or nonmilitary, power to provide U.S. and international security.

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This winter, the Tobin Project convened top scholars to explore a question on the cutting edge of public and academic debate: Did economic inequality in the United States contribute to the financial crisis?

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How can the United States best integrate its diplomatic, military, and economic power to advance its national security interests?

In December, the Tobin Project brought together academics, policymakers, and think-tank researchers from various disciplines for a three-day conference focused on pressing, unanswered questions arising out of current policy debates and ongoing research at the Tobin Project. 

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that the MacArthur Foundation has renewed its support for Tobin Project programs with a generous, multi-year grant.

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This fall, the Tobin Project released a new volume, titled The Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy. Co-edited by Stephen Van Evera (MIT, Political Science) and Sidharth Shah (The Tobin Project), this compendium of ten essays from leading scholars in the field examines the utility of non-military power in U.S.

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In recent years, our country has weathered shared disasters of great magnitude, calling into question the resilience of a range of societal institutions, from our financial system to our oil rigs. These events suggest that proper regulation is both necessary and, in too many cases, in need of significant improvement. Yet, as policymakers aim to prevent future crises, contemporary scholarship has not offered adequate insight into where regulation can  be effective and how to strengthen weak or captured agencies.

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In 2007, the wealthiest 1% of families controlled more than 23% of income in the U.S. for the first time since 1928.

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