Monthly Archives: June 2011

Avoid BBQ blunders this holiday weekend

Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means the summer grilling and picnic season is in full swing. While having fun is certainly the top priority at all the upcoming barbecues and outdoor parties, nothing can ruin a good time like an outbreak of food poisoning. In the videos below, Boston University […]

IMF names new chief

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today named Christine Lagarde as its new chief.  Boston University School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, offers the following comment: “With Lagarde taking over the helm of the IMF, the global […]

Michele Bachmann announces candidacy for president

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann officially threw her hat in the ring today when she announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The following Boston University experts are available for comment: Tom Whalen, an associate professor of Social Sciences; an expert on modern American politics and the American presidency; a regular contributor to PoliticoArena. He […]

Is Al Gore right to attack President Obama on climate change?

Tom Whalen is an associate professor in Social Sciences at Boston University and an expert on the American presidency. A regular contributor to PoliticoArena, he offers the following response to their question on whether Al Gore is right in attacking President Obama for failing to take “bold action” on climate change. Contact Tom Whalen at […]

Whitey Bulger captured in California

The FBI has captured mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica, California. Boston University Journalism Professor Richard Lehr, author of Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, is available for comment. Contact Lehr at 617-353-8715 or

Confirmation hearings begin for Gen. David Petraeus as next director of the CIA

Confirmation hearings begin today for General David Petraeus to replace Leon Panetta as the next director of the CIA. The following Boston University professors are available to offer expert commentary: Arthur Hulnick is a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA. He is the author of “Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence” and […]

Campaign 2012: Possible GOP VP candidates

In this installment of our occasional series “Campaign 2012,” we asked our experts to speculate on who might be potential GOP vice presidential candidates. The experts are Tom Fiedler, Tom Whalen, Tobe Berkovitz, and Cornelius Hurley.   Earlier posts in the series: GOP candidates Jon Huntsman declares candidacy for president Additional thoughts on GOP presidential […]

President Obama to speak to nation on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, analysis and insight into tonight’s prime-time speech by President Obama on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. William Keylor is a professor in BU’s Department of  International Relations and the author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945.” He can be reached at 617-358-0197, […]

Campaign 2012: Additional thoughts on GOP presidential hopefuls

In the third installment of our series “Campaign 2012,” our experts weigh in on some of the remaining GOP hopefuls for the presidency: Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rudi Guiliani, and Sarah Palin. The experts are Tom Whalen, Cornelius Hurley, and Tobe Berkovitz.   Read earlier posts in the series: GOP candidates, Jon […]

President Obama’s Afghan drawdown

President Barack Obama will unveil his plan for a withdrawal from Afghanistan in a prime-time speech to the nation on Wednesday. Boston University international relations professor William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945,” offers the following comment: “Withdrawing military forces at the end of wars in which the enemy […]