Miller Argues US Could Force End of Liberal International Order

Professor Paul Miller, professor of International Affairs, writes about how the United States’ current and recent foreign policy is alienating its European allies, both under Obama and Trump, and could lead to the end of the liberal international order.

Cha Discusses US Diplomacy with North Korea

Professor Victor Cha, professor of Government, argues that Trump’s desire for victory may end in only partial denuclearization and that he may offer some concessions in advance in order to win from his perspective, breaking from past US diplomatic efforts with North Korea, only making the United States more unsafe.

Green Questions Nature of Security Assurances

Professor Michael Green, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, outlines the historical, unstable nature of security assurances and argues that though the United States should not abandon a security assurance as a diplomatic strategy in regards to North Korea, it should not imagine that a security assurance alone will lead to denuclearization.

Miller Argues US-North Korea Accords Make War More Likely

Professor Paul Miller, professor of International Affairs, argues that bad diplomacy may be worse than no diplomacy and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration are trying to quickly rule out the possibility of diplomacy and move towards war.

Silverberg Discusses Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Upcoming Elections

Elliot Silverberg (MASIA’20) gives an overview of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election this September and the mistrust that surrounds Abe both because of his Finance Minister and a feeling of lack of representation in his leadership.

McFarland Calls for Response to Civil War in Yemen

Dr. Kelly McFarland, Director of Programs and Research at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, calls on the international community to take action in Yemen and warns that if it does not, the war will only intensify further.

Iftikhar Highlights Consequences of Supreme Court Muslim Ban Decision

Arsalan Iftikhar, Senior Research Fellow for the Bridge Initiative, writes about how the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the Muslim Ban legitimizes racism and Islamophobia and how it follows other court cases like those of Dred Scott and Korematsu in United States history.

Boateng Analyzes DRC Election

Kwadwo Boateng (MSFS’19) writes about rising political tensions in the DRC as concerns arise about the upcoming December election. He discusses the role of political violence, particularly interethnic conflict, in these elections.

Ferris Stresses Necessity of Responsibility Sharing for Refugee Crisis

Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, writes about how countries need to share responsibility for caring for refugees, the importance of clarifying what this responsibility exactly is, and the inclusion of internal displacement as a crisis in these conversations.

Martin Compares Current US Asylum Policy to Policy During the Holocaust

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.

McFarland Writes About Conflict in Yemen

Dr. Kelly McFarland, Director of Programs and Research at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, published a piece giving an overview of what’s happening in Yemen during the fourth year of its Civil War. He explains the origins of the conflict and the role of outside intervention.

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca writes on North Korea, human rights

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.”

Cha lays out new strategy for North Korea

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.

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Oriana Mastro on the risks of war with China

Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant SFS professor, explores China’s ability to end a war once it starts. Mastro concludes that China possesses characteristics that may make it difficult for the country to disengage from an already-started military conflict.

Lisa Burgoa on how the U.S. should approach relations with Post-Castro Cuba

Lisa Burgoa (SFS’19) contributed to an op-ed recently published by The Hill that argues for shift toward a more pro-business relationship with Cuba. “A pro-business posture allows for increased commercial relations (beyond cigars) that would be more effective in countering the interests of the Cuban military’s monopoly in business.”

Dan Byman Urges U.S. Not To Ignore Hamas in the Gaza Strip

SFS professor Daniel Byman has published an op-ed which explains that, by refusing the engage Hamas in talks, the US has only strengthened their ability to derail broader Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “As long as Hamas controls Gaza, the US and Israel must engage with it,” writes Byman.

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Kathleen McNamara on making the EU more democratic

SFS professor Kathleen McNamara co-wrote an essay for Foreign Affairs which advocates for a more flexible EU governance structure. McNamara and her co-author argue that the EU should accommodate varying sorts of membership according to the democratic preferences of each member-state.


Michael Green cautions against a pre-mature peace on the Korean Peninsula

Prof. Michael Green, Director of the Asian Studies Program at SFS, explains that recent positive signals from North Korea’s leadership have stoked euphoric hopes for a “peace mechanism” to encourage denuclearization of the peninsula. However, these hopes may only serve to undermine the presence of US forces without delivering real peace.

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Abraham Newman says Trump Administration’s Unpredictable Sanctions Policies Undermine US Financial Primacy

SFS professor Abraham Newman has co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Post which suggests that President Trump’s inconsistent enforcement undermine the country’s global economic influence. “The United States is uniquely able to impose its will on foreign firms, but by behaving so unpredictably, it risks not only the U.S. sanctions regime but also the primacy of the U.S.-based financial infrastructure.”

Elizabeth Stanley on the significance of the current Korea talks

Elizabeth Stanley, a professor in the Security Studies Program at SFS, explains that the bilateral nature of the current North Korea-South Korea talks is historically significant: Previously, the Koreas acted as mere clients to their more powerful respective allies.

Cha on Prospects for Peace in the Korean Peninsula

Victor Cha, SFS Professor in the Asian Studies Program, thinks the recent meeting between North and South Korea has only raised the stakes for the expected summit in May or June. “This meeting will be a clear test of the president’s self-proclaimed negotiating skills, and the stakes could not be higher because failure would mean the end of diplomacy and a return to discussions of military options,” Cha says.

Shaffer thinks high oil price has mixed impact on U.S. economy

SFS Professor Brenda Shaffer sees the high oil price both as a good thing and a bad thing for the U.S. as the biggest oil producer. “The price rise gives an overall boost to U.S. economic growth”, but it also means “higher gas prices at the pump for U.S. consumers”, adds Shaffer.