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 Financial Times piece, Professor Michael Green warns that while Chinese espionage through avenues such as students and professors may be a problem, it is important not to the “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Green added that “the overwhelming majority of Chinese students studying in the US become bridges not threats.”
Dr. Marc Busch was quoted by Vox regarding the circumstances in which the USMCA deal came to be–the threat of tariffs from President Trump. Trump enthusiastically thanked tariffs after the deal was struck. Busch believes that this tactic will not hold out in the long run: “With that genie out of the bottle, we’re screwed. Now every country is going to learn from this. The problem with this Trump demonstration is that everyone was watching. If we can do it, they can too.”
As NAFTA deadlines were approaching, the US and Canada still did not have positions on the agreement. Congress was prepared to put pressure on Canada to align with the US with threats of tariffs, though Busch stated that “Canada does have the upper hand right now”. He also pointed out that Canada was not rushing to meet the deadline because they want to plan out “a deal that works for Canada”. Ultimately, the US and Canada won’t lose anything if they miss deadlines, though they’ll need to continue negotiations.
Professor James Millward spoke to Bloomberg News about Chen Quanguo, the architect of China’s Muslim camps in Xinjiang, noting that Chen uses a dual strategy of tough security measures and reeducation designed to “take the ethnicity out of the people and lock them down.” “He clearly has Xi’s support to a remarkable degree,” Millward said.
In this Yahoo article, Professor Angela Stent praises Fiona Hill, Senior Director of European and Russian Affairs for the President’s National Security Council staff, for reaching such a high position within the White House despite being a woman from “very modest circumstances.”