Sekerci raises concerns about CVE programs

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.”

Ambassador Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91) discusses her goals as newly-appointed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka

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.”

Joanna Lewis Discusses Impact of U.S.-China Relations on Climate Leadership

In this New York Times Article, Professor Joanna Lewis discusses the impact of U.S.-China Relations on the fight against climate change. Specifically, Lewis notes that “the rest of the world looks to the U.S. and China for leadership, and it has become clear that, as the alliance has waned, global momentum to address climate change has slowed.”

Ken Opalo Discusses Kenyan Trade Strategy

In this article published on Africa Check, Professor Ken Opalo offered Kenya two strategies to improve its trade relationship with China. First, Opalo said Kenya should “deepen its existing markets to ensure that trade goes beyond exporting raw commodities and importing finished products.” Second, they should “diversify the portfolio of trading partners by opening up new markets so as not to be too dependent on one country or region.”

Dennis Wilder Reviews “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower”

In this Politico article, Georgetown Professor Dennis Wilder provides a review of Michael Pillsbury’s “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.” Wilder says that he does not “believe China has the kind of well worked out grand strategy that [Pillsbury] professes,” adding that Pillsbury’s work is “shoddy and filled with inaccuracies and false quotations.” Assessing the implications of this kind of writing, Wilder said that a book like this could “make people overestimate the Chinese in a way that I think can make people make questionable policy positions.”

Erick Langer

Erick Langer Recounts Tales of “Bolivia’s Worst President”

In this Ozy article, Professor Erick Langer recounts a story of “Bolivia’s Worst President.” According to Langer, Mariano Melgarejo, who assumed the Bolivian Presidency after shooting the standing president dead following a battle between the two, was eventually “ousted by General Agustín Morales, who swept to victory on the coattails of a massive rebellion of native Bolivians after Melgarejo attempted to introduce legislation to seize the land of indigenous communities.”