Professors discuss options in Syria

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s professors debated potential alternative routes of action in the Syrian conflict during a panel discussion titled, “What is an Ethical Response to the Crisis in Syria?” in the Vender Vennet Theatre on Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the Center of Spirituality, the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Political Science.  Joseph Incandela, Aquinas chair and professor of religious studies, said when he was first invited to be a part of this panel two weeks ago, he believed a military strike was imminent. However, a military strike against Syria does not guarantee peace because of the uncertainty surrounding the conflict, he said. “So even if this works quote on quote, do we trot out our mission accomplished banner and say our work is done here because all of this other killing could go on, but as long as we got the ones from chemical weapons and those are in the closet stay in the closet than we have succeeded?” Incandela said. “That seems an odd stance to take.” Sonalini Sapra, associate professor of political science and gender and women’s studies, said leaders do not explore other alternatives to military intervention enough.  “There are other ways the U.S. could intervene that could use multilateral institutions like the U.N.,” Sapra said. “They could use their diplomatic means to get the Syrian parties on the ground to agree to a cease-fire and then start a negotiation process that way. I think the diplomatic route has been relatively unexplored until last week. There are other ways to intervene without a military intervention.” Marc Belanger, chair of the political science department, in contrast to Sapra and Incandela, said violence can build as well as destroy and occasionally accomplishes some goals.  “In the last 20 years, three genocides or three situations I consider genocide were stopped not by diplomacy but by violence: I refer to Bosnia, Cambodia and Rwanda,” Belanger said. “Where in every case a far from perfect actor intervened: Vietnam in Cambodia, Rwandan forces in Rwanda and the United States and NATO in Bosnia, to bring to at least a halt for the time being extraordinary levels of destruction. On the other hand, I can certainly list other conflicts where violence did very little but destroy.” Incandela said the best way to stop violence is to prevent it from escalating in the first place, and if it does get to that point, world leaders should consider non-violent and diplomatic options.  “Sometimes violence is like fast food,” he said. “It is eaten in haste and not very fulfilling.”last_img read more

The times are a’changing… again

first_imgUntil recently, the last rising rate period in the U.S. occurred from 2004-2006. Then, the Fed increased rates 17 times, from 1.0 percent to 5.25 percent. That was more than a decade ago, and neither the iPhone nor the Kindle had been released yet.The world is a much different place now than it was in 2006. Much has changed since the last rising rate cycle. In particular, tools available online for consumers to rate shop and move money from one institution to another have multiplied and improved substantially. How have your credit union’s online offerings changed in the last decade? How have your competitor’s online offerings improved? The competition for deposits is already strong, and that competition is amplified in a rising rate environment.Member behavior is likely to differ in a world with nearly unlimited rate information available online, combined with convenient online account set up and money movement capabilities. Depositors have struggled through a prolonged period of historically low interest rates, and stronger demand is likely for rates higher than those in previous rate cycles. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more