Daniel Byman, professor and senior associate dean, worries that forcing the Islamic State underground will not be a total defeat of the organization. Without maintaining pressure on the group and shoring up cooperation with allies, Byman says, the outcome will be “at best a respite, not lasting victory.”
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.”
Jeffrey Anderson, Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, spoke with MPR news about German politics and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to build a coalition.
“What’s probably not appreciated is that Bangladesh itself has a lot of violence,” Professor C. Christine Fair told Lawfare. “All of the political parties have these thug-like gangs that kill people for political objectives.”
Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor security studies, was featured as an Air Force Reserve ‘Profile in Leadership’. Mastro is an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a Political Military Affairs Strategist at PACAF.
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 Professor Matthew Kroenig appeared on CBSN to comment on President Trump’s National Security Strategy, which he unveiled at a speech on December 18, 2017.
SFS Professor Irfan Nooruddin commented on the legitimacy of the Honduran Presidential election in an OAS-commissioned report, saying: “On the basis of this analysis, I would reject the proposition that the National Party won the election legitimately.” The election occurred on November 26 and has faced accusations of fraud.
Stephen Yoskowitz (SFS’04) is co-founder and CFO of Joinesty, a password manager. He discusses the start-up process, entrepreneurship, and productivity strategies.
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.
Grewal is currently prosecutor for Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey. If confirmed, Grewal will be the first Indian-American of Sikh ancestry, to hold the position of Attorney General in American history, and the second Indian-American after former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
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.
Even though Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi has recently declared victory over the Islamic State after a three-year long war, professor Bruce Hoffman cautions that ISIS may fear now of becoming victims themselves and produce terrorist successors.
Professor Matthew Kroenig argues that the world is a safer place with U.S. nuclear weapons in response to the Nobel Peace Prize that will go to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization that supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Ambassador (ret.) Barbara Bodine argues that President Trump’s announcement on his plans to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will create a narrative of officially sanctioned Islamophobia. Bodine calls this recognition “a slap in the face” to U.S. allies in the region.
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.
On November 28, 2017, a group of women in the national security field published a letter titled #MeTooNatSec concerning sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in their field. Signatories included 17 members of the SFS community, including alumnae, faculty, and fellows.
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.
“The main problem with our diplomacy and our foreign policy right now is Donald Trump,” said Amb. Nancy McEldowney, Director of the MSFS Program, in an interview with WBUR’s On Point “No one can be an effective secretary of state for Donald Trump.”
Arsalan Iftikhar, a Senior Fellow at The Bridge Initiative, and alumnus Shadi Hamid (SFS’05, MAAS’06) have spoken out against President Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim videos. “What the president is doing is inciting against an entire group of people,” said Hamid.
Dennis Wilder, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Asian Studies Program, said on Fox News that Beijing needs to do more to contain the rogue regime in Pyongyang.
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.
The veteran CIA analysts expressed concern over Sen. Tom Cotton leading the agency. “Sen. Cotton is a highly ideological individual who is not well-suited to lead an agency part of whose core mission is objective analysis,” said Pillar, a fellow at the Center for Security Studies.
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.”