SFS On Topic: Trump Trade Policy

Ever since President Trump declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, his trade policy has been clear – protect American industry at all cost. SFS professors offered their takes on the exchange of tariffs between the United States and China, Canada and the EU, and the possible trade war.

SFS On Topic: U.S. – North Korea Singapore Summit

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.

SFS On Topic: Secretary of State Transition

On March 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State on Twitter. Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson, who was removed by Trump following a year of frequent disagreement between the two. Members of the SFS community share their thoughts on what Tillerson’s replacement means for American foreign policy going forward.

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SFS On-Topic: North Korea’s Nov. 29 missile launch

After the successful launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 29, 2017, North Korea announced that it was capable of attacking the continental United States. As tensions reach new heights, SFS faculty weighed in on the reasons for the ICBM launch, its consequences, and the alternatives for U.S. policy towards North Korea.

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SFS On-Topic: DACA and DREAM Act

The Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy (DACA), an executive order signed by President Obama in June 2012. Over the past five years, nearly 800,000 DACA applications have been accepted, granting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors, often called “Dreamers,” a renewable two-year work permit and deferred deportation.

SFS On Topic: U.K. Terror Attacks

In the past three months, a string of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom have forced the country to contend with a new reality: deadly terrorism is occurring on a scale not seen since the 2005 London bombings, bringing along with it a host of other dynamics and concerns. SFS faculty weigh in on the significance and consequences for the United Kingdom of these attacks.

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.

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.

SFS On Topic: Executive Orders on Immigration

In his first two weeks in office, President Donald Trump has signed multiple executive orders, three of which address a range of immigration issues: refugees and visa holders, border security and law enforcement, and sanctuary cities. SFS faculty and alumni weigh in on the issues presented by the these executive orders.

SFS On Topic: Foreign Policy Recommendations for Trump Administration

The unexpected election of President Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016, left many uncertain about the future of the United States’ role in the world, due to President Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience, along with his unclear and often shifting stances on certain issues. SFS faculty offered their thoughts on Trump nominees and foreign policy recommendations for the Trump Administration.

SFS On Topic: The Death of Fidel Castro

On November 25, 2016, former Cuban President Fidel Castro died at age 90 in Havana. He rose to power in the late 1950s, leading the revolution against authoritarian President Fulgencio Batista and the corruption and inequality associated with the regime. The SFS community takes a look at the lasting legacy that Fidel Castro will have on Cuba, Latin America, and the world.

SFS On-Topic: 2016 Election Results

On November 8, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defied pundits and polls to win the 2016 Presidential Election over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. As Trump’s team translates campaign rhetoric into actual policies, the SFS community has weighed in on the implications and possibilities of a Trump Administration for different areas, including the economy, foreign affairs and immigration.

SFS On Topic: Colombian Peace Referendum

After five decades of conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) reached a peace deal in Havana, Cuba, which was announced on August 24, 2016. The agreement was put to a vote on October 2, 2016 in a popular referendum, where voters rejected the deal in a close result (50.2% versus 49.2%). SFS faculty and students commented on the agreement and surprising result of the referendum.

SFS On Topic: Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were a whirlwind two weeks, another cycle of the best and worst of international diplomacy on display. Georgetown faculty and students have provided a variety of commentary on the event, from the perspective of international relations and diplomacy to the actual experience of the event on the ground.

SFS On Topic: 9/11 Anniversary

15 years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the United States and the world is still very much living with a consciousness of that day and its significance for the world we live in today. SFS faculty reflected on the transformation of world affairs since 9/11 and on the problems and conflicts that persist.


The SFS community was represented at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, including a Georgetown student delegation sponsored at each convention by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. Alumni of SFS were at the conventions in multiple capacities from commenting for the media to speaking on-stage.

SFS On Topic: Turkish Coup Attempt

On July 15, 2016, Turkish armed forces launched a coup attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Tayyip Erdogan. The coup ultimately failed, but the repercussions are still being felt in Turkey and by Turkish allies including the United States. SFS Professor Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies PhD candidate Berfu Kızıltan (SSP ‘10), weighed in on the situation.

SFS On-Topic: Nice Attack

SFS Faculty and Alumni discuss the recent terrorist attack on Bastille Day in Nice, France. This is a collection of those stories, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

SFS On Topic: Brexit

A referendum (popularly referred to as “Brexit”) was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The SFS community, including faculty and alumni, weighed in on the political and economic implications of the historic result, which called for the UK to leave the EU.

SFS On Topic: Orlando Shooting

SFS Faculty discuss the recent shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This is a collection of those stories, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

SFS On Topic: Humanitarian Sector Reform

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee spoke at Georgetown on April 27, 2016. Dean Joel Hellman facilitated a conversation following on humanitarian sector reform between Miliband and attendees, including professionals from the humanitarian aid community.

SFS On Topic: Cybersecurity

SFS On Topic: Cybersecurity

On April 26, 2016, Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service CyberProject hosted the sixth annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement. Since 2011, this annual event brings a multidisciplinary and international approach to the challenges of cyberspace, focusing on legal, technical, and policy questions in the United States and abroad.

SFS On Topic: Nuclear Security Summit

This year’s Nuclear Security Summit convened representatives from around the world in Washington, D.C. to discuss what tangible steps governments can take to keep nuclear materials secure—and out of the hands of terrorists. SFS professors Robert Gallucci, Matthew Kroenig, and Irfan Nooruddin added their voices to the public conversation around the Summit.

SFS On Topic: Brussels Attacks

SFS Faculty discuss the recent terrorist attacks by ISIS in Brussels. This is a collection of those stories, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

SFS On Topic: Paris Attacks

SFS Faculty discuss the recent terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris. This is a collection of those stories, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.