Friends, peers from the military academy, royal advisers, ambassadors and politicians contribute to creating a complex portrait of the MSFS alum and King of Spain.
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.
UT Austin rejected funding from a foundation with affiliations to the Chinese Communist Party. James Millward, professor of history and China specialist, comments on the relationship between the foundation’s chairman and the PRC.
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.
Victor Cha, director of the Asian Studies program, commented on shifting perceptions of the Olympic Games in Asia. He compared goals of cities vying for the chance to host the Olympic Games in the U.S. and Europe with goals of cities in Asia.
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.
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.
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.”
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,”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Kim wants us to believe that the new pressure from the U.S. and China has not had an impact. At a minimum, it looks like it forced him to launch at night fearing a preemptive strike,” said Professor Dennis Wilder, who was NSC senior director for East Asian affairs during the George W. Bush administration.
“Things are shifting right now in both China and the United States. There seems to be an opening,” said Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor of Security Studies. “This type of discussion is difficult among friends. It’s much more difficult between potential adversaries, but absolutely necessary,” Mastro added.
“While the social media vectors are new,” Professor Mark R. Jacobson told The Baltimore Sun, “the operation to influence and persuade in support of broader political activities was refined during all these previous operations.”
Dr. Anoop Singh, Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, was selected as a member of India’s 15th Finance Commission. This commission is charged with reviewing the state of financial metrics in India, and will then issue a report by October 2019 outlining its recommendations for the government.
Professor Bruce Hoffman discusses international security and counterterrorism with The Hoya. He argues that the greatest security challenge of the 21st century is countering and preparing to defend against terrorism.
Alexander Thurston, Assistant Professor of Teaching for the African Studies Program, speaks with Princeton University Press about his new book, Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics. In his book, Thurston provides an in-depth look at Boko Haram and the developments that contributed to its rise in Nigeria.
Ambassador Howard Schaffer, South Asia specialist and Ambassador to Bangladesh, passed away on November 17. He served for 36 years in the Foreign Service and was a professor and director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Professor Daniel Byman speculated about the consequences of an emerging alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia, noting changes in diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Khairudin Aljunied, Professor of the Practice and expert on Islam in Southeast Asia, discussed the Pope’s popularity amongst Muslims in Myanmar and the diplomatic pressure he faces from his hosts in Yangon.