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In trying times, perhaps one of the most substantial contributions that academics can offer is to use their position of unbiased knowledge to propose reasoned solutions to global crises. In the wake of recent atrocities in Brussels, Timothy Edgar, a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, has done just that. He recommends in Lawfare that Europe not respond with an expansion of government powers but by creating a 9/11-style commission that would force a reassessment of current thinking.
A policy vacuum is temporarily in place, and ideologues are ready to fill it. "The United States," Tim writes, "should stand with European leaders who defend European values and institutions. A 9/11-style commission could give sensible people in Europe something to be for, keeping the far right from setting the agenda."
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