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.”

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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,”

Irfan Nooruddin

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.

Iftikhar and Hamid on Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

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.

Ned Price (SFS’05) and Paul Pillar object to Cotton as CIA chief

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.

Wilder on Interpreting the Latest NK Missile Test

“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.

Mastro on quiet U.S.-China military talks over North Korea

“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.