SFS in the News

Hoffman on New Technologies for Radicalization

Professor Bruce Hoffman said in an interview with Newsy’s The Why about new trends in technology and terrorist radicalization, “What worries me the most is what’s the next new thing.”

Fair on Pakistan and the Myth of “Too Dangerous to Fail”

“This is not the first time, of course, that U.S. officials have called Pakistan out for its perfidy despite American generosity,” Professor Christine Fair wrote with Sumit Ganguly for Foreign Affairs, but, “This time, the situation is different.”

Arend speaks on foreign policy trends in 2018

Professor Anthony Clark Arend, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Affairs, spoke with Carol Castiel from Encounter on Voice of America about what 2017 meant for U.S. foreign policy and what challenges are in store for 2018.

Radelet on Declining Aid Flows to Liberia

Steven Radelet, director of the Global Human Development program and former economic advisor to the president of Liberia, commented on decreasing aid flows as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s tenure comes to an end. When Johnson Sirleaf came into office, Radelet says, “donors lined up… I think a lot of it had to do with her competence and strategy.” As new president Weah enters office, it’s a risky time to depend on aid programs.

Ariane Tabatabai On Iranian-American Relations

Ariane Tabatabai, visiting assistant professor of Security Studies, commented on the effect of Trump’s Iranian policy and rhetoric in the past year. She worries that it has offended “not just the regime but also a majority of ordinary Iranian citizens.”

Byman on Troubles & Weaknesses of the Regime in Iran

“Iran is often painted as a powerful monster whose tentacles stretch across the greater Middle East,” writes Professor Daniel Byman, “but the Islamic Republic suffers from array of problems at home and abroad.”

Oriana Skylar Mastro on Observations from a Recent Visit to South Korea

Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor of security studies, recently participated in a delegation trip to Seoul organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research and sponsored by the Korea Foundation. She articulates three observations from her time there about the perception and nature of the North Korean threat.

Shireen Hunter Warns “Dire Decisions Must Be Made” If Iran Is To Be Saved

Shireen Hunter, Research Professor at the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, published an article about the recent protests taking place in Iran. After decades of disappointment, Hunter says, Iranian people want change. The country’s leadership “must come out of their paranoid world and enter the real world of the 21st century.”

Stent on divide between Trump and top advisors over Russia

Despite Mattis, McMaster and Tillerson “drawing a pretty tough line” on Russia, Professor Angela Stent told CNN, “What we’ve seen all year really is the dual policy of President Trump wanting to have a much closer relationship with Putin.”

Mastro on US-China Sharing Intel About North Korea

“China is a major strategic competitor with the United States,” Professor Oriano Skylar Mastro said, “I’m guessing that it probably was not the degree of actual detail of what we would consider in contingency planning that we would need to inform military operations,”

Byman on the True Defeat of the Islamic State

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.”

Nexon on the ancient origins of Xi’s Belt and Road

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 Criticizes Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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.

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Irfan Nooruddin Weighs In On the Legitimacy of the Honduran Presidential Election

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.

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SFS On-Topic: North Korea’s Nov. 29 missile launch

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.

Matthew Kroenig on the Importance of U.S. Nuclear Weapons

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.