SFS in the News

Stent Comments on US-Russia Relations

Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, joins other scholars in commenting on relations between Russia and the United States, particularly in regards to the upcoming agreed upon summit.

Ferris Comments on Immigration from Central America

Professor Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration, commented in an article on FiveThirtyEight about the misperception that all migrants from Central America want to come to the United States when the reality is they do not want to leave their homes and that the US is only one of the places they migrate to.

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.

SFS Alumna Publishes Book on Maine During World War II

Peggy Shiels Konitzky (SFS’79) recently published a book titled “Midcoast Maine in World War II” which highlights the challenges that Mainers faced with extraordinary strength during the war. Her process included interviewing residents and searching through archives to compile these stories.

Donato Answers Questions About Situation at the Border

Professor Katherine Donato, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, gives insight into the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy and provides context for the situation at the US-Mexico border that has been amplified lately in the media.

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.

Opalo Discusses the Importance of Term Limits in Africa

Professor Ken Opalo explains on TV2 Africa that term limits are important for political systems in Africa, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, because of the multi-ethnic nature of states and how term limits would contribute to power sharing in a more positive way.

Fellow Classmate of Kirstjen Nielsen at Georgetown Calls for Her Resignation

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.

Walcott celebrates 20 years of teaching

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.

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.

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.

Nexon discusses Trump foreign policy, media coverage

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.

Nickley speaks on career in private equity

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.

Wilder weighs in on China tariffs

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.”

Stent Among Experts Discussing Germany and Nord Stream 2

Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, weighs in on Nord Stream 2 and expresses that Germany should move forward with the project, but consider the role of Ukraine in the process.

Local Outlet Interviews Incoming Student to SFS

Daniel Livingston (SFS’22) recalls memories and experiences from high school and shares why he is looking forward to coming to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and how it will prepare him for his dream to be a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department.

Buss discusses Italy-EU relations

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.

Arend and Green speak on politics of North Korea summit

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.

Gallucci says Trump foreign policy decisions play well with his base

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.

Cha discusses North Korea on eve of summit

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.

Dennison named as Sacred Heart athletic director

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.

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.”

Kuang’s book explores Chinese history through fiction

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.

Ambassadors McEldowney and Bodine speak on Trump State Department

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.