Arick Wierson (SFS’94) urges Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS’94) to reconsider her defense of the current administration’s practices of child separation at the border. He evokes memories of their time together at Georgetown and emphasizes how the practices she is supporting are in direct contrast to the pillars of humanitarian service and compassion taught at the SFS.
Professor John Walcott was celebrated for reaching his 20 year teaching anniversary. He shared advice with MSFS students learned through his experiences in various national security and journalistic fields.
After much fanfare, U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), met for a much-anticipated summit on June 12, 2018. The summit marked the first in-person meeting between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean head of state. SFS faculty members weighed in on the impacts of the summit on denuclearization.
Professor Susan Martin writes about how rigid deterrence of asylum seekers at the border today and new Trump administration policies on immigration, particularly forced migration, can be compared to events like the rejection of the St. Louis, a German ship with Jewish refugees that was not granted asylum and therefore led to the death of almost half of the passengers in the Holocaust.
SFS Professor Dan Nexon spoke with Al Jazeera TV to examine recent events in foreign policy. He spoke on the G-7 Meetings, North Korea summit, and the challenges for news media in covering a Trump administration.
As part of an effort to profile women in private equity, Susan Nickey (MSFS ’86) was interviewed by McGuire Woods LLP. She discussed gender equality in the world of sustainable energy investment and her experiences in that career field.
SFS professor Dennis Wilder spoke with MSN on President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China. According to Wilder, “by continuing to put pressure on China, the offers have become better and better.”
Emily Buss (MAGES ’13) wrote an op-ed in the Hill exploring Italy’s relationship with the European Union. Buss argues that while Italy’s new government provides a serious challenge, a relationship between the two parties would benefit both sides.
Professors Anthony Clark Arend and Michael Green explained the upcoming North Korea nuclear summit. Arend and Green agreed that the political considerations of the summit have been strange and many pundits may have reacted differently if the summit had occurred under President Obama.
Professor Robert Gallucci spoke with the New Yorker about the G-7 meetings. Gallucci explained that while ostracizing many allies would normally be viewed as disastrous, President Trump’s base sees these decisions as rupturing the old world order in precisely the way Trump promised during his campaign.
Victor Cha spoke with CSIS about the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The podcast explores concessions already made by Trump and the strange nature of the summit.
Sacred Heart Greenwich announced that Elizabeth Dennison (SFS ’06) will be taking over as the school’s new athletic director. Dennison previously served as the head women’s rowing coach at Cornell University and competed for Georgetown’s women’s rowing squad as an undergraduate.
Professor Nicole Bibbins Sedaca appeared in Foreign Policy to argue for further consideration of North Korean human rights abuses. She stated that in addition to promoting denuclearization at the upcoming summit, “the U.S. team should prepare to address the country’s systemic violations of human rights.”
Drawing on her personal experience as a Chinese-American, Rebecca Kuang (SFS ’18) recently published her first book, “The Poppy War.” Kuang notes that she hopes the literature will shed light on important Chinese historical events that are sometimes overlooked in the American educational system.
Amb. Nancy McEldowney and Amb. Barbara Bodine appeared in the Washington Post to discuss the Trump State Department. Both former Ambassadors agreed that the trend of Trump State Department officials to be overly political could damage the long-term international interests of the U.S.
Professors Victor Cha and Robert Gallucci weighed in on the ongoing North Korea denuclearization news for NPR. According to Gallucci, the Trump administration’s call for “irreversible” denuclearization may be setting a lofty goal that is physically implausible to achieve.
Trae Stephens (SFS ’06) spoke with Fortune Magazine on investment strategy, technology, and his role in the Trump transition process. “I’ve always been fascinated by how technology can touch these really unsexy, broken industries,” explained Stephens in the interview.
Professor Harley Balzer spoke with the New Republic about the geopolitical implications of the World Cup being held in Russia. He called the country’s new grandiose stadium in Kaliningrad a “Putin-style power demonstration” aimed to represent Russia’s power in the region.
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, described his vision for a new approach to North Korea in a Foreign Affairs op-ed. Cha argues that his strategy focusing mainly on coercion would allow the U.S. to maintain its “center of gravity” in the region regardless of results.
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, weighed in on President Trump’s decisions regarding the upcoming summit with North Korea. In the New York Times, Cha explained that Trump has already made key concessions even though the negotiations have not formally begun.
Scott Stirrett (SFS ’13) was named the LGBTQ Innovator of the Year by Telus. Stirrett is the founder and CEO of Venture for Canada, which pairs recent college graduates with Canadian startups as part of a training and fellowship program.
Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, went on NPR to discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean officials. “It would be fairly bizarre to have these two gentlemen meet in New York and have what’s going on in both Singapore and at Panmunjom all happening at the same time without a pretty clear commitment to go ahead with the [summit],” explained Gallucci.
John Feeley (SFS ’83) discusses his decision to resign from his post as Ambassador to Panama. “In the Foreign Service, we don’t have the luxury of gnashing our teeth at political outcomes,” explained Feeley in The New Yorker.
Ariane Tabatabai, SFS Professor, answered questions on the Iran Nuclear Deal after the withdrawal of the United States from the treaty. She argues that the administration’s decision to remove itself from the treaty was largely motivated by domestic politics.
“This would take months if not years of negotiations to be confident for the president to walk into a meeting and say yeah, the North Koreans are going to do what we want them to do,” said Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs. Cha mentioned that the postponement of the North Korea nuclear summit gives the U.S. more time to prepare.
Jeffrey Anderson, director of the Center for German and European Studies, reviewed the disagreement between the United States and its European allies regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Anderson argues that while a public difference of opinion between the U.S. and Europe is rare, this disagreement demonstrates the unusual current geopolitical space.
Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, commented on the literary work of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Philip Roth. He described Roth’s writing style as “authentic and unusual” but questioned whether his work will survive in the #MeToo era, as some have called Roth’s writing misogynistic.
SFS Professor Dennis Wilder discusses the Trump administration’s policy towards North Korea and China. He argues that the administration should force the North Korean government to make concessions before agreeing to a meeting.
Dan Byman, SFS Professor appeared in a ProPublica article on terrorism. Byman said that he is glad the United States is “getting tough” on North Korea and further discussed the decision to name the state a sponsor of terrorism.
SFS Professor Dennis Wilder explained the North Korean threat to cancel its upcoming summit with South Korea over continued South Korean military drills. “I think this is posturing by the North Koreans. I think they are trying to do a little bit of shaking the American side up,” said Wilder.