SFS in the News

McFarland and Lide discuss effects of climate change on human security

Professor Kelly McFarland and Vanessa Lide of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about the potential effects of climate change on human security. In the piece, they summarize key findings of a recent ISD report on the subject.

SFS On Topic: North Korea-U.S. Tensions

Tensions are on the rise between the United States, its ally South Korea, and North Korea. In light of the intensified tenor of the situation on the Korean peninsula, faculty and students in the School of Foreign Service have weighed in on the foreign policy debate and provided analysis.

Al-Arian explains historical context of ‘Halal Dating’

Abdullah Al-Arian, a history professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, was interviewed for an North Country Public Radio story about the modern dating culture of young Muslims. In the article, he explains how the idea of courtship has been present in Muslim societies for centuries.

Fr. Desbois Speaks at Opening of Milwaukee Exhibit

Rev. Patrick Desbois speaks at the opening of the traveling “Holocaust By Bullets” exhibit in Milwaukee, WI, documenting sites where Jews were executed by Nazi mobile-killing units in Eastern Europe.

Harrison unpacks Syrian conflict for World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

As reported in The Jewish Chronicle, Professor Ross Harrison delivered a talk entitled “The Syrian Conflict Today: What it means for the Middle East and beyond,” for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh just hours after a deadly chemical weapon attack killed at least 70 people and wounded at least 300 in the rebel-held province of Idlib.

Gallucci discusses potential for U.S. action against North Korea

In an article in TheVillagesSuntimes, Professor Robert Gallucci, who was with the Clinton administration in 1994 when it considered striking North Korea, noted that the U.S. would have to spend months preparing its allies before taking any military action against North Korea.

SFS On Topic: U.S.-Russia Relationship During Trump Administration

The U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airbase on April 6, 2017 in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on civilians has put intensified attention on the state of the U.S.-Russia relationship during the Trump Administration. SFS Professor Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, is an expert on this relationship and her analysis has been in great demand by U.S. and international media.

SFS On Topic: U.S. Airstrike in Syria

On April 4, 2017, evidence emerged that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians in the town of Khan Shaykhun, Syria. In response, on April 6, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian airbase. SFS faculty offered their thoughts on the implications of this series of events.

Colin Kahl analyzes Trump’s Middle East policy

Professor Colin Kahl, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden and Deputy Assistant to President Obama, appeared on CBS News to discuss Trump’s recent actions in the Middle East along with their implications for broader U.S. strategies.


Sonn on Political and Cultural Changes in Iran

Professor Tamara Sonn overviewed the evolution of the political and cultural role of youth in Iran, among other issues, as part of a conference at William and Mary’s Reeves Center for International Studies.

Wilder discusses American strategies for North Korean nuclear weapons program

Professor Dennis Wilder (MSFS’79), senior fellow with the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, recently appeared on The ABC’s Lateline program to discuss America’s plans to confront North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Schneider on Intercultural Value of the Arts

Professor Cynthia Schneider commented on the unifying power of the arts and culture in diplomacy and other areas of international interaction at Abu Dhabi’s 2017 Culture Summit.

Mastro Discusses Xi Jinping Visit

Professor Oriano Skyler Mastro participated in a panel of experts analyzing the China-U.S. relationship in the context of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States on CGTN.