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Pompeo, Mattis to make campus appearance this week

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will come to campus this week. The two members of Trump’s cabinet will host their Australian counterparts Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne for the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations discussing bilateral security, cooperation and regional political issues.

Brown Institute showcase features tour guide drones, defense contract database

From drones acting as tour guides to mass-analyzed cookie recipes, the projects on display at the Brown Institute’s first ever media innovation showcase were anything but conventional. Funded by Brown’s year-long Magic Grants, interdisciplinary teams from Stanford and Columbia pioneered new techniques for every step of the storytelling process — from research tools for journalists to new ways of telling a story.

The tightrope of Chuck Hagel

Hagel’s exit does owe its genesis to party politics: With the Democrats reeling from the 2014 midterm elections, something had to be done, and making a change at Defense became a priority, if only because the White House needed to create the illusion of action. “For good or ill, Hagel’s [the only change],” a current administration official told Politico. A former spokesman for the State Department even likened it to a sports owner firing a coach to please angry fans, even though the team is years away from being good regardless of the coach. The general consensus is indeed that Hagel is President Obama’s sacrificial lamb.

Environmental economist Charles Kolstad reflects on climate change conflict

Last week, the Department of Defense released a report titled “2014 Climate Change: Adaptation Roadmap,” in which Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta identified resource conflicts as a key area of nations’ foreign policy in coming years. The Stanford Daily sat down with Charles Kolstad, professor of economics and international expert in environmental economics, to talk about the possibility of increased conflict as climate change intensifies.