The Diversity in National Security Network and New America have honored the contributions of 35 Black American experts in U.S. national security and foreign policy, including: Zaid Zaid (SFS’96), Anthony Johnson (SSP’18), Lesley Warner (SSP’09), Chanda Brown (SSP’07), and Brionne Dawson (SFS’02).
In the Media
Professor Robert Williams has been nominated to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs. Williams has specialized in South Asia and Afghanistan affairs as an analyst and intelligence officer for more than 20 years and has been an adjunct associate professor at SFS since 2017.
In an op-ed in Foreign Affairs, Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro writes that China has continuously assured the world that its ambition is not to become a global hegemon. In doing so, however, China disguises its true aims: complete dominance in the Indo-Pacific region, and enough power to counter Washington when needed.
In The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog, Professor Elizabeth Saunders writes about how Trump’s management of his team is hurting his own foreign policy, as exemplified in the tumultuous events of the past week.
Kristin Sekerci, an Islamophobia researcher with Georgetown’s Bridge Initiative, spoke to The Chicago Reader about the problems with Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs. “The theory of radicalization is an Islamophobic, junk science theory.”
SFS alumna Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91) is the newly-appointed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. In an interview with the Sri Lanka Mirror, Teplitz outlined her hopes and goals for her time as ambassador: “Among those is strengthening our business ties, looking for opportunities for US investments here, and greater trade. Whilst the US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market, I’d also like to see more import of US products, investments, and businesses in Sri Lanka, and contributing to the growth of the country. I’d like to see progress in our mutual security challenges, including maritime.”
Professor Christine C. Fair writes about the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and whether or not it’s an Islamist organization and how that affects the Rohingya population of Myanmar. While the government of Myanmar claims that ARSA is an Islamist organization, but Fair points out that they do not align themselves enough to Islamism to be considered Islamist. However, this is making it difficult for Myanmar to consider the wishes of Rohingya refugees: to come back home to Myanmar under “government recognition as a distinct ethnic group.” The consensus at this point seems to be that displaced Rohingya refugees will remain in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
In this Washington Post article, Professor Abraham Newman breaks down the “arrest and possible extradition to the United States of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese communications giant Huawei, in Canada for possible sanctions violations.” Abraham explains that the arrest is not “a simple criminal case, or even a crude effort to exert economic pressure on China.” Instead, “it shows how the geostrategic relationship between the Washington and Beijing is changing.”
In this article published on The Island, Ashanee Kottage (SFS ’22) discusses the current ministerial crisis in Sri Lanka. Specifically, Kottage warns against the potential damage to reefs and depletion of resources that the proposed Colombo Port City could cause.