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In the Media

Professor Elizabeth Saunders comments on the lack of specific foreign policy plans from 2020 democratic candidates

While Democrats want to challenge President Trump’s foreign policy, there’s no single cohesive plan from them to counter it. So far, they have climate change, anti-corruption/democracy promotion, strengthening alliances, and rebuilding America. “Politicians have an incentive to be vague,” said Professor Elizabeth Saunders, “Voters don’t vote on policy specifics, and broad messaging naturally isn’t going to get into the details.”

Professor Dennis Wilder comments on the U.S. imposing sanctions on China after May 1

The U.S. will be imposing sanctions on China on May 1, if China does not stop importing oil from Iran. Around May 1, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are going to Beijing to continue trade talks. “Is the priority Iran sanctions or a trade agreement? A trade agreement should be the priority,” said Professor Dennis Wilder.

Professor Bruce Hoffman quoted in the new yorker on ISIS’s involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Soon after the Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lankan officials and U.S. officials speculated that the attacks were connected to a much more sophisticated group with more power–ISIS. The purpose of this attack was to show the world that ISIS still has reach, even if its territories are gone. Professor Bruce Hoffman said that taking territory from them and killing leaders “is not the same as undermining its ideology or destroying its raison d’être. Revenge and retaliation arguably infused isis with newfound purpose and energy.”

In the World

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Professor Lahra Smith and Professor Douglas Howard, along with students Tessa Coggio (MAGES’19), Rebecca Ohman (SFS’19), and Signe Stroming (SFS’19), ISIM Research Associate Nili Yossinger and Marley Chertok of US Geological Survey, spent the start of winter break at the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia. The goal of the research is to develop solutions to the resource management issues presented by long-term refugee settlements. “This is very challenging and difficult work, and it’s all the more important in the world we live in, where many countries don’t want more refugees to come,” Smith said.

Two SFS undergraduate students win truman scholarships

Sinclair Blue (SFS’20) and Mena Mohamed (SFS’20) have won the prestigious Truman Scholarship; they are 2 of 62 undergraduate students selected for the scholarship. Truman recipients receive $30,000 for “graduate education leading to a public service career” in the U.S. “Blue plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in public health and urban planning” while “Mohamed intends to earn a masters in international affairs and a masters in urban planning.”

On-Campus

Cultural clubs at georgetown provide opportunities for students to explore their own and other cultures

Georgetown has over 70 cultural clubs that “focus on promoting and celebrating the culture of specific places and groups around the world.” Clubs also host events on campus, which most recently included the South Asian Society hosting Hassan Minhaj just a few weeks ago. The South Asian Society also hosts Rangila, “the largest charity dance showcase in the country, which raises approximately $30,000.” There are also larger events, like Global Expo last week, and the Georgetown Africa Business Conference.

Georgetown college journalism program hosted fifith annual Salim el-lozi lecture

The Salim El-Lozi Lecture is a panel discussion that covers the freedom of the press. This year, the Georgetown Journalism Program hosted the fifth annual Lecture, and it was moderated by the Journalism Program Director and Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus. The panelists were: Jim Acosta from CNN, Lulu Garcia-Navarro from NPR, and Margaret Sullivan from the Washington Post. This year’s lecture was “Journalism & the War on Truth,” and included a discussion of “the responsibilities of journalists in the modern media age.”

Research

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Professor Lahra Smith and Professor Douglas Howard, along with students Tessa Coggio (MAGES’19), Rebecca Ohman (SFS’19), and Signe Stroming (SFS’19), ISIM Research Associate Nili Yossinger and Marley Chertok of US Geological Survey, spent the start of winter break at the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia. The goal of the research is to develop solutions to the resource management issues presented by long-term refugee settlements. “This is very challenging and difficult work, and it’s all the more important in the world we live in, where many countries don’t want more refugees to come,” Smith said.

Irfan Nooruddin

SFS Professor Irfan Nooruddin conducts study on preferences of the poor in rural bihar

Professor Nooruddin and his colleagues conducted a study in rural Bihar, India, where they asked 3,800 people what they would rather have: cash or infrastructure (public health, roads fixed, etc.). What they found was that over 80% of respondents preferred public health over cash, and that 35% preferred cash over fixing roads; “these results come in the wake of rising interest in basic universal income in democracies around the world, including India and the United States.”