“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.
In an article for Sohu, medical anthropology professor Emily Mendenhall said that a mix of medical, social, economic, cultural, and psychological factors contributed to a person developing diabetes, and called for a holistic approach to its treatment.
Ann Yang (SFS’16), Philip Wong (SFS’15), and Diana Rau (SFS’12) were honored for their social entrepreneurship. Yang and Wong cofounded MISFIT Juicery, which makes hip cold-pressed juice from “ugly” often discarded produce. Rau founded Veterati, a mentorship platform connecting veterans and spouses with job opportunities.
“Yes, it’s a military coup—it smells and looks like one,” said Professor Scott Taylor, Director of the African Studies Program. “There’s tanks in the streets and taking over the broadcaster—so it has all the hallmarks including saying ‘It’s not a coup.”
Elizabeth Ferris, a professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, said, “Internally displaced persons – IDPs – make up two-thirds of that number but have been virtually ignored in discussions about what needs to be done.”
Heifetz founded Lost & Forged, which offers lustrous metal creations, handmade from reclaimed vintage materials. “I’ve always loved rescuing old things—old materials, old ideas,” Heifetz says. “I love finding things that could be of value that are undervalued or forgotten.”
Professor Joanna Lewis commented on predictions that fossil fuel emissions will rise in 2017 and the growing importance of emissions trends in China, whose long-term trajectories are unclear, in the Washington Post.
Father Drew Christiansen, professor of ethics and global human development, highlighted the work of grass-roots movements and organizations in achieving progress towards a ban on nuclear weapons at an event prior to the conference. He told the Catholic News Service that the conference could garner support for the Jul. 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Security Studies professor Colin Kahl said in a Vox article that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidating his authority would usher in a hawkish approach to foreign policy, which could lead to future confrontation with Iran.
Professor Mark Jacobson said in an NBC News article that the ease of creating fake accounts on platforms like Twitter complicates efforts to avoid the spreading of false information and propaganda through social media.
A political solution is required to address the rise of militant groups in the Sahel, African Studies professor Alexander Thurston said in a DefenceWeb report. According to Thurston, the sub-optimal size and funding of the Western-backed forces and their alienation of local communities render a security-heavy approach unsuitable going forward.
In a Washington Post article, Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, said the Islamic State’s losses in the Middle East motivate them to establish a presence in North and West Africa, gaining adherents by exploiting communal tensions and resentments.
Georgetown alum A. Wess Mitchell (MAGES ’04) was sworn into the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs last month. He previously served as president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Speaking to NBC News, Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro said that U.S. President Donald Trump should not compromise national security concerns to obtain favorable economic deals during his 11-day trip to Asia.
Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, remarks that separation of powers, toleration, and freedom of conscience originate from Protestant ideals in an essay for The Economist.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains why New York is still a prime target for terrorist groups more than 16 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Jesse Gibson traveled to Cochabamba with Fundación Alerta Verde and the Foundation for Sustainable Development and worked on a solar dehydrator project to address malnutrition in the community.
Baer Pettit (MSFS’87) has been announced as the new President of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors.
Professor Mark Jacobson explained that Russia has historically sought to undermine U.S. political cohesion by promoting extremism, from divisive Facebook posts during the 2016 election to the civil rights movement during the Cold War.
Professor Dennis Wilder, who formerly served on the National Security Council, discussed the importance of protocol, etiquette, and “face” in Asian cultures, advising Trump to refrain from confrontational tweeting during his upcoming diplomatic trip to Asia.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains that while there is no way to predict lone wolf terror attacks such as that in New York on October 31, there are lessons the U.S. can learn from Israel and Europe in preventing the attacks altogether.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains that terrorism is “a tool designed to achieve some form of political change by using violence, or at least the threat of violence, to do so.”
Alumna Margaret Novicki (SFS’77) is running against the six-term incumbent Town Selectman of Orange, Connecticut. Novicki is a retired United Nations official, and this would be her first time serving the town council.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security launches a global index that will not only monitor progress on gender equality, political participation and poverty rights but also include the basic necessities for well-being such as inclusion, access to justice and security.