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.”
“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.”
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.
“However much the United States and its allies would like the protests to yield a dramatic shift in Iranian policy,” Professor Arianne Tabatabai wrote for Foreign Affairs, “the reality is that the Iranian government is unlikely to change course.”
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, 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.”
In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Amb. Nancy McEldowney said, “When you look at the course of the President’s tweets, they range from being disruptive to downright dangerous.”
John Desrocher (SFS’86), current U.S. ambassador to Algeria, says his decision to pursue a career in public service started at Georgetown. “When I got to college and started studying, the interest grew.”
“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, 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, 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.”
Alabama Senator-Elect Doug Jones chose Dana Gresham (SFS’94) to serve as his chief of staff. The announcement drew acclamation from minority groups that had advocated for hiring African Americans in key political roles.
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.”
Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., director of the Center for Latin American Studies, cites recent polling of Mexican attitudes towards the U.S. He thinks the elections in four Latin American countries this year will be a “momentous time.”
“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,”
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.