Professor Caitlin Talmadge writes in Foreign Affairs about the growing possibility of confrontation between the U.S. and China—confrontation that could turn nuclear. “A war between the two countries remains unlikely, but the prospect of a military confrontation—resulting, for example, from a Chinese campaign against Taiwan—no longer seems as implausible as it once did,” Talmadge said.
In the Media
Professor Victor Cha spoke to Business Insider about how Americans aren’t the only ones anxious about the midterm elections—North Korea is too. “[North Korean officials] are really worried that the president, coming out on the other side of this election, may not be interested in this issue anymore, may be hog-tied or hand-tied by his Congress,” Cha said.
Professor James Millward joins NPR’s Global Journalist podcast to discuss the recent Chinese practice of forcing Uighurs into “re-education” centers where “they’re forced to learn Mandarin Chinese, sing songs praising the Communist Party and encouraged to turn away from their religion.”
In this Washington Post article, Professor Jeni Klugman discusses various ways to improve women’s economic empowerment around the globe. She also touches on the current barriers to achieving this goal, which include “inadequate protections related to parental leave, gender-based violence prevention and reproductive rights.”
SFS Professor Victor Cha talked to Foreign Policy about North Koreans closely monitoring the US midterm elections, and how it will affect President Trump’s power: “[North Korean officials] are really worried that the president, coming out on the other side of this election, may not be interested in this issue anymore, may be hog-tied or hand-tied by his Congress” should the Democrats regain control of the Congress.
Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, calls for the UN to enforce UN resolution 1325, which was adopted to acknowledge gendered violence throughout warfare, more strongly: “Sexual violence is still viewed too often as collateral of war as opposed to a strategic tool utilized by combatants to achieve their nefarious ends,” she said.
In this ThinkProgress article, Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro offers her opinion on the allegations made by Vice President Mike Pence regarding China’s meddling in upcoming elections. She said that while “some of the things that the vice president, and indeed, the president, are saying about Chinese behavior are true…some are an exaggeration, kind of conspiracy-theoryesque.” She added that this “reduces the strength of our message on things that are of actually very critical relevance.”
Regarding President Trump’s to cancel the annual $350 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency, and funding for the USAID Israeli and Palestinian coexistence program, SFS Professor Drew Christiansen, S.J. said: “There is a kind of compatibility between Netanyahu and Trump in terms of the way they approach this; they’re both bullies who believe in sticks and no carrots. This is the way Netanyahu has been moving for years, never agreeing to talks and continuing the process of expropriating Palestinian land.”
In this Washington Post article, Professor Abraham Newman discusses the recent news that the Chinese military has compromised the motherboards of servers used by Apple, a bank and various government contractors. Newman also explores how global supply chains create significant economic interdependence, and how this interdependence can be weaponized, using these vulnerabilities and choke points for strategic advantage.