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Erik Voeten

Eric Voeten discusses foreign aid and the 2019 federal budget

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.

Elizabeth Ferris

Ferris Talks Climate Change and Forced Displacement

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

Gallucci Expresses Grave Concerns About North Korean Nuclear Threat

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.”

Kroenig Grades Trump’s First Year A-

“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.”

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.”

John Esposito

Esposito Criticizes White House Adviser’s Remark on Muslims

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”.

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.”