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A diverse array of policy leaders join our faculty to teach and mentor students. These visiting professors have significant policy and leadership experience—in government, non-profits, industry, and elsewhere. They enrich the breadth of our course...
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El-Sayed testifies to Senate Budget Committee on Medicare for All

May 23, 2022
On May 12, Abdul El-Sayed, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing titled “Medicare for All: Protecting Health, Saving Lives, Saving Money.”  El-Sayed was...
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El-Sayed calls for auto and health insurance reform in new op-ed

Feb 25, 2022 Crain's Detroit Business
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, urges lawmakers to stop making auto insurance double as health insurance in a recent op-ed for Crain's Business Detroit. "As Michiganders know all too well, we pay more for auto...
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El-Sayed hosts Parthasarathy on 'America Dissected'

Jan 12, 2022 America Dissected
How are issues of equity addressed in health care innovation and in particular the patent process? Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, addressed the question on...
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El-Sayed explains Michigan’s rising COVID-19 numbers

Nov 28, 2021
As Michigan becomes a COVID-19 hotbed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed unpacks what that means knowing what we know in 2021.  El-Sayed appeared on Detroit Today on WDET-FM to unpack what the recent surge in COVID-19...
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El-Sayed analyzes new CDC mask guidance

Jul 28, 2021 NPR Here & Now
After the CDC rolled back its guidance that vaccinated people could unmask, many were left confused and unsure of what to believe. Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, explained the logistics behind the new guidance. "What...
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El-Sayed talks strategy to get more people vaccinated

Jul 19, 2021 WDET
How can we get more people vaccinated? Abdul El-Sayed, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, explained that simply yelling at people to get them vaccinated won't work, comparing it to yelling at his toddler to "Go to...
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Ali calls for refocusing of U.S. counterterrorism efforts

May 17, 2021
“Four months after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the Biden administration has rolled out a series of measures to combat the serious threat of domestic terrorism,” Javed Ali, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford...
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Ali on white nationalist violence and the Capitol siege

Feb 11, 2021
As the nation watched the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump lay out a timeline for the causes and actual insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, Ford School Towsley Policymaker-in-Residence Javed Ali has been commenting on many...
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Ali on combating online extremism

Jan 27, 2021 The Cipher Brief
In the aftermath of the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6th, Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali suggests a number of policy changes related to tracking violent extremist content online, including, "greater emphasis on...
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Ali calls for the split of NSA and Cybercom

Dec 24, 2020 Defense One
In an essay in Defense One, Javed Ali and co-author Adam Maruyama argue that the next step in improving the U.S. national focus on cybersecurity should be acting on a long-debated proposal to split the job of leading the NSA and Cybercom.  "From...
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Splitting NSA and Cybercom makes sense, even in a crisis, says Ali

Dec 21, 2020
Javed Ali tells the Washington Post that the fact that the government is grappling with a major series of cyber intrusions should not be an impediment to splitting the NSA and Cybercom. “Splitting the responsibilities allows NSA to assume the role...
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Ali calls for increased sanctions to prevent aggressive cyber-attacks

Dec 18, 2020 Mother Jones
If the hacks can be tied back to Moscow, they are just the latest in a string of significant and aggressive cyber operations perpetrated by elements of the Russian government against local, state, and federal governments and corporate entities. “We...
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Ali says cyber-attacks show US vulnerabilities

Dec 17, 2020 ABC News
"It raises serious questions about the level of US defensive measures against cyber-attacks, as the vulnerabilities exploited in this latest attack crossed over into both private industry cyber tools and federal ones--neither of which were able to...
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Ali concerned about Iran's Quds force retaliatory strike

Dec 9, 2020 The Hill
"Beyond the operations in the Middle East, there is the potential for the Quds Force to consider attacks against U.S. or Israeli targets in other parts of the world," Ali writes. "As history has shown with Iran, any action the supreme leader takes...