President Trump claimed that as Obama was exiting office, he was told that Obama was near starting a war with North Korea, a claim that’s been disproved by the CIA Director during the Obama administration, and the Korea expert from the Council on Foreign Relations. SFS Professor Victor Cha said, “We were near the brink of war in the first 12 months of the Trump administration” but “that dangerous state of affairs at that time was not entirely Trump’s fault despite his fire and fury rhetoric and actions.”
Two major candidates are running for president in Nigeria: the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Associate professor Ken Opalo said: “[Buhari’s] been unwell, he hasn’t been as bold as he had promised in terms of needed reforms that could push the Nigerian economy, and despite his personal record as a non-corrupt person, there’s definitely lots of corrupt people around him.”
Shireen Hunter’s op-ed argues that throughout the years, “Iran’s punishment has far exceeded its crime.” A U.S. sponsored conference in Warsaw just finished, but “the real objective of the conference was to garner international support for even more pressure on Tehran.” Hunter provided a number of examples in which Iran was consistently punished, through war and economic sanctions.
In this interview, Kojo Adjepong-Boateng (MSFS’19) discusses his experiences growing up on multiple continents, the most rewarding aspect of his time in the MSFS program so far, and his plans for after graduation.
Julia Friedmann (SFS’19) is the first Georgetown recipient of the Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship, offered annually through the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. In this article, Friedmann, a regional and comparative studies major who studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, reflects on her return to South America in summer 2018 to cover the role of religion in the Colombian peace process.
Jill Ricotta graduated from CCAS in 2016 with an M.A. in Arab Studies. She currently works as a Regional Security Advisor for the Middle East/Central Asia region at the International Monetary Fund at their DC headquarters.
On Wednesday, February 6, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, in partnership with the Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy, hosted a half-day symposium on “The Future of Diplomacy.” The day began of two panels, the first on “The Essential Diplomat” and the second on “Values in U.S. Foreign Policy,” and ended with a keynote conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On February 2, 2019, we welcomed back Georgetown alumni for the SFS Centennial College. Alumni returned to the Hilltop for class, but without the exams!
The SFS hosted the founders of Anduril Industries, Palmer Luckey and Trae Stephens (SFS ‘06), for a discussion on technology and the future of national security with Toni Gidwani (SFS’04, SSP’08), Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Center for Security Studies.
The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Migration (ISIM) and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies partnered with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq to publish “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq,” the second installation of a two-part study about challenges and survival strategies of Iraqi IDPs who were displaced by ISIL between January 2014 and December 2015 to the 4 governorates of Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk, and Sulaymaniyah.
David Edelstein, Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Center for Security Studies, published an essay about the future of great power politics and the potential for conflict as part of a policy roundtable following a Perry World House colloquium. As the U.S. is in relative decline and Russia and China become more assertive, Edelstein says, “the implications are likely to be more competition and, indeed, the possibility of great power war.”
Professor Ken Opalo recently published an article that looks at how institutions constrain presidential power in Africa. Opalo uses original data on the exercise of presidential authority to examine how legislative independence conditions presidential rule making in Kenya.