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Paul Heroux
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Paul Heroux has worked in local and state government; for a state prison and a county jail; in Saudi Arabia; for a national security think tank; for a community non-profit for 7 years; and is a government administration and criminal justice consultant.

Degrees conferred on Paul have been a:
Master in Public Administration - Harvard University JFK School of Government
Master in International Relations - London School of Economics
Master in Criminology - University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience - University of Southern California

Entries by Paul Heroux

The Salience of Islam in Terrorism

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Terrorism, no matter who it is perpetrated by, is an act of violence done for political reasons. There may also be a religious component, but per any definition of terrorism, politics, not religion, is the necessary component. So why then does the West focus so much on Islam?

Research in...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 9 of 9

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Former Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns notes in his course on Diplomacy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government that there are several important elements to a successful negotiation. These are: trust, personal relationships, a sense of vision and success, a willingness to compromise, an ability to...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 8 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:34 PM

America's Role
Perhaps it is arrogance, perhaps it is capability, or perhaps it is expectation -- whatever it is, the U.S. has been at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for decades. However, some Palestinians I spoke with said that the U.S. is not the right party to...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 7 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:39 PM

A Palestinian State
In addressing a Palestinian state's needs, "Any Palestinian state needs to be fully sovereign. Other Palestinians have told me, that despite Israeli concerns, Palestine wants to spend money on schools but to also protect itself. Who should be afraid of whom? Who has been occupying who...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 6 of 9

(14) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Two-State Solution

While all Israelis I spoke to agree the goal should be to realize a two-state solution, several Israelis told me that Muslims are not ready for democracy and that the two states will be very asymmetric. They described Muslims as though they had a very different set of...

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Ag Tech Is Very Important to Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:36 PM

While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it hits particularly close to home for us in Massachusetts -- after all, it originated in Plymouth. As we prepare for this year's holiday, we immerse ourselves in the signs of the season: crisp air, apple picking, fall leaves, and colorful food. Some of...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 5 of 9

(67) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:34 PM

The Right of Return
The right of return is a sore issue with Palestinians. Several Israelis have pointed out to me the historical right to their ancestral homeland. But at the same time, Palestinians have told me that it doesn't make sense that Jews should have a right of...

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Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 4 of 9

(24) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:44 AM

The Settlements
Israeli civil servant Natasha told me that in the 1970s there was a movement on the left in Israel that said that settlements in the acquired lands should not be built since it "will complicate our lives" in the future. However, for the mainstream, "it is Jewish...

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Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 3 of 9

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:56 PM

The Security Fence
Ever since the Treaty of Westphalia, the West has had and tried to impose on others international political boundaries. One of the tenants includes a general recognition of the exclusive sovereignty of each nation over its lands, people, and agents abroad. It also recognizes the responsibility...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 2 of 9

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:15 PM

The Question of Blame
According to the Muslims I spoke to, Israel was dropped on Muslims in 1948 by the UN and it has not treated Palestinians fairly ever since. However, Palestinian lands did not constitute a country, or a nation-state or anything remotely close to a state in...

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Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 1 of 9

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Future Leaders of Israel and Palestine Don't See Eye to Eye on many Issues

As I was walking in Cambridge, Massachusetts with an Israeli classmate and fellow graduate student we approached a coffee shop on the corner of JFK Street and Eliot Street. My Israeli classmate, Barak, was to meet...

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Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:33 PM

Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability. The disability could be physical that confines you to a wheelchair; or a psychiatric disability that requires you to take medication. You are living a perfectly normal life with your disability, so much so that your disability isn't really a...

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In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

(32) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Fear-mongering masquerading as informed concern is what most politicians and pundits do when it comes to the discussion of mental illness and dangerousness. The new focus on mental illness as the principal culprit behind gun violence is not only without merit, it is discrimination.

A handful of high-profile shootings...

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The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Guns and Welfare!

The Right loves to defend gun rights, and the Left loves to defend access to welfare.

However, any casual observer can observe that partisans on both sides make the same structural arguments, even though the content may be different.

Gun control and welfare reform...

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Why School Shootings Won't Be Stopped

(9) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:09 PM

We are going about this all wrong. The folks on the left say with fewer or no guns we will have fewer or no more gun crimes. The folks on the right say with more guns we will have more safety from people who would abuse guns.

Despite thinking that...

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Mental Illness and Guns Aren't the Enemy: Ignorance Is

(25) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:46 PM

America is saddened by the tragic shooting a Fort Hood on April 2, 2014. The loss of life of anyone is difficult but there is an added level of tragedy when it hits our service members in what should be a safe zone. We can never know what the families...

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Inside North Korea: Lessons for Diplomacy

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 6:04 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) is often in the news for stories of behavior that defies conventional norms of human rights or international relations. The point of this post is not to rehash all of the negative press that has been the subject of most of...

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The Correlation of Gun Laws and Gun Homicide

(36) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Previously, I wrote that when we look at all 50 states we find there is a correlation between states with strict gun laws and low rates of homicide. I noted:

For example, the states with the strictest gun laws are among the states that have the...

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Dating and Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:13 AM

A friend of mine recently went off of his medication for chronic dysthymia, and it was a disaster to his relationship with a woman he was dating. This has been part of a pattern of on-again/off-again with his medication for some time.

Last year a friend of...

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Fighting Against Gun Crimes and for Gun Rights

(15) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:08 PM

The Second Amendment is a divisive Constitutional right. But it should not be. There are a lot of crimes done with guns. There is a lot of legal recreation done with guns, too. The two are not the same.

There is a legal, responsible and proud gun culture in America...

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