Harris explains that China is positioning the challenge the rules-based international order. He alleges that China is using “military modernization, influence operations and predatory economics to coerce neighboring countries to reorder the Indo-Pacific to their advantage.”
SFS Professor Wilder says that Xi’s immediate predecessors lacked the authority necessary to tackle military corruption. However, according to Wilder, “Xi watched everything that Deng did to bring the military to heel after Mao.”
SFS Professor Stent says that concern about the threat of US disruption is waning among defense ministers and military strategists.
SFS Professor Hoffman argues that Al-Qaida has deliberately stayed in the shadow of ISIS, is still contesting almost half of Afghanistan, and is still capable of carrying out attacks in the West.
Maj. Chris Mercado (SSP’16) is one of the co-founders of Objective Zero, an app that aims to help prevent veteran suicide. While at Georgetown, he teamed up with some of his classmates to find a way to address the issue.
The White House announced that it plans to nominate Harry B. Harris Jr. (SSP ’94) to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia. Harris is a Naval officer who currently serves as the 24th commander of U.S. Pacific Command.
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang for a summit. Professor Dennis Wilder tells Voice of America that Moon should only accept the invitation if Pyongyang agrees to discuss denuclearization with Washington.
The White House has signaled that the 2019 federal budget, which will be released this week, will call for for foreign aid to be tied to how countries vote in the United Nations. Professor Eric Voeten tells The Washington Post that it’s not clear whether this policy will change votes.
“Donald Trump might learn something from all of you,” said SFS Professor Merson to the conference participants. He also highlighted the objective of the conference to “seize opportunities, explore entrepreneurship” and generate “dynamic ideas.”
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Gaston Hall where she presented the 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards. She also spoke on the important role of women in creating a more peaceful and secure world.
Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor for International Migration, discusses the effects of climate change on migration. SuperAdobe, a new form of habitable shelter, could provide housing to those forced out of their homes. Ferris recognizes the need for sustainable structures. “Depending on the extent to which global warming continues, millions more people are likely to find themselves looking for new homes in the next few decades.”
Robert Gallucci, Chief U.S. Negotiator during the 1994 North Korean Nuclear Crisis and former Dean of the School of Foreign Service from 1996-2009, expressed grave concerns about escalating tensions with North Korea. “The possibility, is very real, I think, that things will go badly and there will be the use of force.”
“President Trump has improved America’s position in every major geo-strategic region of the world over the past year,” said Professor Matthew Kroenig. While noting Trump’s inconsistent messaging and failure to fill key national security spots, Kroenig said that overall Trump has been “quite good.”
“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.”
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.
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.”
SFS Professor John Esposito chastised White House adviser Frank Vuco for his 2010 remark that “true Muslims can’t coexist with other faiths”. “His remark demonstrates an ignorance of the faith and history”, said Esposito, adding that “all findings of major polls reveal consistency in the values held by Muslims and mainstream followers of other religions”.
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.
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.”
Abraham Newman, Associate Professor, discusses the loss of privacy and increased surveillance. Whether Big Brother is a company or the government, he says, both can lead to can lead to surveillance states.
Dennis Wilder, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Asian Studies Program and former deputy assistant director for East Asia and the Pacific at the CIA, analyzed the implications of the arrest of a former CIA officer.
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.
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.
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.”