Xi Jinping alludes to historical icons Zhang Qian and Zheng He in touting big infrastructure plans. “Such images underscore Beijing’s message about the peaceful, cooperative nature of the Belt and Road Initiative,” Professor Daniel Nexon wrote with Paul Musgrave. “They also leave no doubt about China’s leadership role.”
Arsalan Suleman, former Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and current non-resident fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, believes Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital holds clear implications for the national security interests of the United States.
SFS junior Samuel Seitz wins the 2017 Foreign Affairs Student Essay Competition in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Seitz’s winning essay was selected from a field of nearly three hundred entries that examined whether populism poses a threat to the international order.
Professor Daniel Byman argues that al-Qaeda’s influence is in decline, partly due to U.S. efforts to isolate al-Qaeda in Syria. As the Islamic State gains more attention, funders are becoming less likely to support al-Qaeda and Syrian defection from al-Qaeda is one sign that the group is weakening.
Professor Dennis Ross explains that while Syria seems to be the only place Trump hasn’t tried to undo his predecessor’s policies, his plan to continue working with Russia in the region is misled in the Wall Street Journal.
In an Op-Ed for The New York Times, School of Foreign Service professor and former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright criticized U.S. president Donald Trump for his inconsistent approach to a nuclear-armed North Korea and advocated for increased diplomatic efforts to address the threat.
Writing for Axios, School of Foreign Service Associate Dean Daniel Byman criticized the United States’ list of terrorism sponsors for lacking coherence. Speaking on the re-addition of North Korea to the list, he said that while it may be a “loathsome” state, it is less involved with terrorism than unlisted U.S. partners like Pakistan.
“The integration of Mexico and the U.S., their workers and markets, is pivotal to U.S. power,” Professor Tutino writes, “yet problematic to many U.S. voters who feel prejudiced in a world of globalizing capitalism and buy into stereotypes that proclaim invasive Mexicans the cause of so many problems.”
“The evidence is now irrefutable that Trump,” writes Professor Colin Kahl, “his associates, and Republican leadership more broadly conspired to give Moscow a pass despite (or perhaps because of) Russia’s attack on our democracy.”
Research associate Mathew Ha (MASIA’18) discloses the position that the U.S. took at the United Nations Security Council emergency meeting held in response to North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley argued to isolate and pressure North Korea by cutting diplomatic ties and banning the sale of oil.
Senior research fellow for the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown, Arsalan Iftikhar argues that President Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric evokes hatred and must be condemned.
Paul Pillar, veteran CIA analyst and fellow at the Center for Security Studies, described parallels between the way Trump seeks confrontation with Iran and the ways the Bush administration sold the Iraq war. “Among these techniques is the cherry-picking of intelligence,” Pillar wrote.
Professor Albright writes, “the damage being done to America’s diplomatic readiness is both intentional and long-term.” Her best students at SFS, Albright writes, “more and more are telling me they do not see a future for themselves in government.”
“Days after the Trump administration ignited a public uproar by moving to allow hunters to bring the remains of dead elephants ‘bagged’ in Zambia and Zimbabwe back into the United States,” Professor Monica Medina writes, “President Trump unexpectedly changed his tune.”
After President Trump’s visit to Asia, Professor Michael Green discusses what he sees as new concerns over Korea’s “strategic trajectory”, and how this can impact rivalry among major powers in the region.
Professor Daniel Byman, co-authoring a piece for Lawfare, writes about the challenges and opportunities facing the technology industry as it grapples with the role regulations can take in restricting terrorism.
“Many critiques of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy concern his open brinksmanship with enemies like North Korea or jarring antagonism of rivals like China and Iran,” writes Professor Daniel Byman. “But much of the administration’s worst behavior concerns how it treats America’s friends.”
Pilar Guzman Zavala (MSFS’05) discusses the challenges of juggling being an entrepreneur and a mother, and urges women to ask for help when they need it, in the Miami Herald.
In an article for “Asia Matters for America”, Rebecca Chen (MASIA ’18) reports on the visit of a delegation of politicians and businessmen from Hangzhou, China to Seattle, Washington and the significance of their economic partnership.
The United States’s intervention against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan led to an increase in rights and opportunities for Afghan women and girls, argued Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security Executive Director Melanne Verveer in an op-ed for The Huffington Post
In an article for The National Interest, Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European studies, highlighted that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke positively on U.S. President Donald Trump and his leadership during a speech at the 2017 Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi.
In an article for Foreign Affairs, Ariane Tabatabai, professor of Security Studies, argued that U.S. support for civilian opposition to the Iranian regime would not lead to substantial changes in the country’s nuclear objectives and policies.
Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Japan and Asia Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, writes about Pyongyang’s probable reasons for continued pursuit of nuclear weaponry and the implications of their strategy for U.S. foreign policy.
Daniel Byman, Professor in the School of Foreign Service, writes for Lawfare about why the fall of the Islamic State in Raqqa could still lead to a resurgence of the group.
Professors Michael Green and Matthew Kroenig argue for the U.S. to take a diplomatic approach of deterrence towards North Korea in order to denuclearize and unify the Korean Peninsula.
Shireen Hunter, research professor at SFS, writes for Lobe Log on why the relationship between the US and Iran is fraught with challenges.
Yusuke Saito (MSFS ’18) discusses why the Royal Australian Navy should use its ballistic missile defense capabilities to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region.
Daniel Byman discusses how law enforcement personnel craft their responses to terrorists depending on their affiliation in a Foreign Affairs op-ed.
Katherine Donato, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, published an op-ed discussing the bipartisan support for DACA fixes and the boost Republicans could potentially receive from passing a legislative fix.
Professor Ariane Tabatabai discusses how the Kurdish referendum will affect Tehran.