SFS in the News

Kroenig Grades Trump’s First Year A-

“President Trump has improved America’s position in every major geo-strategic region of the world over the past year,” said Professor Matthew Kroenig. While noting Trump’s inconsistent messaging and failure to fill key national security spots, Kroenig said that overall Trump has been “quite good.”

Ferris on Hope for Ambitious UN Refugee Compact

“I hope we start with fairly ambitious, far-reaching, bold recommendations,” said Elizabeth Ferris, a research professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration. “That way, if and when it and it does get chipped away by governments, we still end up with something that moves us forward.”

McEldowney on Secretary Tillerson’s Job Performance

“He agreed to a draconian one-third cut to our budget, he implemented a hiring freeze with an indefinite duration, he refused to allow people to transfer from one job to another,” Ambassador Nancy McEldowney told the BBC. “He cut himself off from the people and the normal processes of the department.”

Cha on Dangers of a Preventive Military Strike Against North Korea

As North Korea’s nuclear capabilities grow, SFS Professor Victor Cha cautions against the use of preventive military strikes. According to Cha, “There is a forceful military option available that can address the threat without escalating into a war that would likely kill tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Americans.”

Byman on Hezbollah, Drugs, and the Obama Administration

Responding to a Politico expose by Josh Meyer, Professor Daniel Byman writes, “Although I think much of the information about Hezbollah is convincing, I find myself skeptical of the broader argument about systematic obstruction of counternarcotics efforts at the senior levels of the Obama national security team.”

Nancy McEldowney on Being A Public Servant in the Age of Trump

Nancy McEldowney, a public servant with over three decades of experience and current Director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on navigating a career in public service under a president who is denigrating the federal workforce.

Joel Hellman on World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s Reform Attempts

Quoted in The New York Times, School of Foreign Service Dean Joel Hellman said that if Mr. Kim were to model The World Bank after Wall Street firms, with private sector involvement in development projects and a rearrangement of the incentives of the institution’s bureaucracy, it would represent a cultural and organizational change that the bank may struggle to adopt.

Matthew Kroenig

Kroenig Makes the Case for Tactical U.S. Nuclear Weapons

Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Service, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the need for continued development and upkeep of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. “As long as the world is filled with aggressive nuclear-armed adversaries,” Kroenig says, “America needs to maintain a potent deterrence.”

Kroenig Talks Nuclear Strategy on The Federalist Podcast

“At the expert level, there’s something of a bipartisan and international consensus that we do need to fix the [Iran] deal in the next couple of years,” Professor Matthew Kroenig said. “If these limits just expire we’re in real trouble and Iran will have a rapid path towards nuclear weapons capability.”

Esposito on DHS Advisor Wuco’s Islam Comments

After radio clips from 2010 and 2012 recently surfaced in which Frank Wuco, now a White House Homeland Security advisor, said “the true nature of Islam was never intended to coexist, to complement, to mingle with other faiths,” Professor John Esposito said Wuco’s comments demonstrate “an ignorance of the faith and history.”

Nexon on the danger of labelling Trump a totalitarian

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Professor Daniel Nexon explains the danger in comparing President Trump to totalitarians of the past. Nexon argues that exaggerating Trump’s totalitarian tendencies takes attention away from real threats to our democratic institutions.

Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04) on the Future of Democracy in Myanmar

In a discussion hosted by the International Institue for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.

Kyle Rinaudo (SFS ’17) Runs for the Georgia House of Representatives

When Kyle Rinaudo (SFS ’17) threw his cap in the air last May to signify the end of his undergraduate education, he had no idea he would soon be running to represent Georgia’s 35th District in the state House of Representatives. If elected, the 21-year-old Acworth, GA native would become the state’s youngest representative and first Democrat in nearly two decades to represent his community.

Samantha Vinograd (SSP’07) a Newsweek “Woman of the Future” Nominee

Samantha Vinograd (SSP’07) was named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future” for her skilled handling of some of the most complex challenges in national security and diplomacy and her illustrious resume that “reads like it belongs to someone with a lifelong career in foreign and domestic policy.”

Kathleen McNamara

McNamara Warns Euro Could Put Global Financial System at Risk

Kathleen McNamara, Professor of Government and Foreign Service, predicts that the declining Euro could endanger the rest of the global financial market. It has long played a “helper” role to U.S. financial hegemony, but McNamara says that “now, Europe’s “helper” status may well be in question.

Mastro Warns of Cracks in U.S. – South Korea Alliance

Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor of security studies, observes that while the alliance between South Korea and the United States remains strong militarily, the political ties are more tenuous. After visiting Seoul in December, she believes “the politics of cooperation could be shaken up by unresolved differences or shocks.”

Jeffrey Anderson On Angela Merkel’s Attempt To Form A Coalition Government

Interviewed for an article in ThinkProgress, Jeffrey Anderson, professor of government and director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, analyzed the domestic, regional, and global significance of ongoing talks between Angela Merkel and German political leaders to form a government coalition, after failing to secure a majority in last year’s parliamentary elections.

Haroon Yasin

Haroon Yasin (SFS-Q’15) Wins Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Haroon Yasin (SFS-Q’15) is a recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award for his work in Pakistan educating underprivileged children. Yasin is co-founder of Orenda, an educational organization with digital platforms that stream educational cartoons and provide digital workbooks for children who are at risk of dropping out of school.

Matthew Carnes

Matthew Carnes, S.J. on the Pope’s Visit to Chile and Peru

Interviewed for a National Catholic Reporter article, Fr. Matthew Carnes, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, said that Pope Francis could address inequality in Chile and liberation theology’s legacy in Peru during his upcoming visits to these countries.

Shireen Hunter Says Risk of War With Iran Is Higher Than North Korea

The existence of a domestic pressure in favor of a U.S. attack on Iran increases the risk of military intervention, writes SFS professor Shireen Hunter in an op-ed for LobeLog. She further argues that the increasingly aggressive rhetoric from Trump administration officials should make the Iranian regime, which unlike North Korea, does not count with a deterrent or an allied great power, wary of an American attack.

Irfan Nooruddin

Irfan Noorudin on India’s State Elections

Speaking to CNBC, Indian politics professor Irfan Noorudin said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) loss of seats in Gujarat legislative assembly elections indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a lot of work to do, particularly in rural areas, ahead of the 2019 general election.

Charles Kupchan

Charles Kupchan on President Trump’s Foreign Policy

Interviewed for an article in the Christian Science Monitor, SFS professor Charles Kupchan said that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy dismisses a long-standing, bipartisan tradition to build and protect the U.S.-led liberal international order.