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Tabatabai Comments on Trump’s Iran Policy

Professor Ariane Tabatabai, visiting professor of Security Studies, argues that Trump’s maximum pressure policy to strike a grand deal with Iran is not going to be as successful as his administration is hoping for it to be.

Balzer Discusses KGB and Putin

Professor Harley Balzer, professor of Government, comments in an article that the killings of people who oppose Putin can potentially be attributed to the KGB, but there is no clear evidence that they have Putin’s approval.

Cha Comments on North Korean Demands

Professor Victor Cha, professor of Government, claims that Pyongyang will demand money in these negotiations, but that’s not all, generals may mention other things too.

Bennett Criticizes Trump for Having No Endgame

Professor Andrew Bennett, professor of Government, comments that there is room for criticism in regards to trade with Europe and China, but Trump’s lack of clear expectations and goals is not productive.

Ludema Comments on China Tariffs

Professor Rodney Ludema, professor of Economics, comments that those in the agricultural sector will be hit the hardest by the China tariffs and those in the service sector will be impacted the least.

Shaffer Comments on Iran’s Oil Exports

Professor Brenda Shaffer, Adjunct Professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, says that Iran’s threats to block the Strait of Hormuz will only harm itself and that the current administration’s policies on blocking Iran’s oil exports are strong.

Busch Comments on US-China Tariffs

Professor Marc Busch, professor of International Business Diplomacy, is hopeful that the escalation of tariffs on both sides will lead to enthusiasm for negotiations between the United States and China, eventually dropping the tariffs as part of a package deal involving other key issues.

Kroenig Among Experts Discussing Trump-Putin Summit

Professor Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor in the Department of Government, comments on Russia’s advantage of having more nuclear warheads than the United States and argues that if we enter another nuclear arms competition with Russia, Russia will have a significant head start.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Balzer weighs in on Russia, World Cup

Professor Harley Balzer spoke with the New Republic about the geopolitical implications of the World Cup being held in Russia. He called the country’s new grandiose stadium in Kaliningrad a “Putin-style power demonstration” aimed to represent Russia’s power in the region.

Victor Cha examines Trump’s decisions on North Korea summit

Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, weighed in on President Trump’s decisions regarding the upcoming summit with North Korea. In the New York Times, Cha explained that Trump has already made key concessions even though the negotiations have not formally begun.

Q&A with Ariane Tabatabai on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Ariane Tabatabai, SFS Professor, answered questions on the Iran Nuclear Deal after the withdrawal of the United States from the treaty. She argues that the administration’s decision to remove itself from the treaty was largely motivated by domestic politics.

Anderson analyzes Trump’s relationship with Europe

Jeffrey Anderson, director of the Center for German and European Studies, reviewed the disagreement between the United States and its European allies regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Anderson argues that while a public difference of opinion between the U.S. and Europe is rare, this disagreement demonstrates the unusual current geopolitical space.

Berlinerblau examines late novelist’s work

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, commented on the literary work of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Philip Roth. He described Roth’s writing style as “authentic and unusual” but questioned whether his work will survive in the #MeToo era, as some have called Roth’s writing misogynistic.

Wilder discusses Inter-Korea relations in advance of upcoming summit

SFS Professor Dennis Wilder explained the North Korean threat to cancel its upcoming summit with South Korea over continued South Korean military drills. “I think this is posturing by the North Koreans. I think they are trying to do a little bit of shaking the American side up,” said Wilder.

Arend discusses Trump’s moves on North Korea

SFS Dean Anthony Clark Arend commented on the mindset of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un heading into the upcoming summit with the U.S. and South Korea. Arend noted that Kim seems to perceive himself to be in a position of strength and is seeking further concessions from the United States.

Dan Byman says Social Media Helping Counterterrorism Efforts

SFS professor Daniel Byman commented on the increase in counterterrorism investigations in recent years due in part to social media providing law enforcement with leads. “You have a lot of people bragging on social media and that comes to the attention of authorities,” says Byman.