Angela Stent

Stent Argues U.S. can expect retaliation from Russia for expulsion of diplomats

SFS Professor Angela Stent argues that the U.S. can expect a tit-for-tat from Moscow in response to Washington’s expulsion of Russian diplomats. Dr. Stent adds that the West has sent a strong message of solidarity through the expulsions, but she does not expect them to have a long-lasting impact on relations with Russia.

McEldowney sees Putin’s unsurprising re-election as bad news for the West

While Putin’s re-election as Russia’s president was “a foregone conclusion”, it does demonstrate that he remains very popular with his people, argues SFS Professor Nancy McEldowney. She expects the re-election to have “troubling implications” for the US, as Putin will feel even more emboldened to continue “flexing his muscles”.

Reverend Desbois Documents ISIS Crimes against Yazidis

After a decade of documenting little-known crimes against Jews in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, SFS Professor Father Patrick Desbois is now doing the same with the methods, timing, and tactics of crimes committed against Jews by ISIS. If you fail to expose such crimes, “you give cart blanche to the mass murderers of tomorrow”, argues Father Desbois.

McEldowney on Secretary Tillerson’s Job Performance

“He agreed to a draconian one-third cut to our budget, he implemented a hiring freeze with an indefinite duration, he refused to allow people to transfer from one job to another,” Ambassador Nancy McEldowney told the BBC. “He cut himself off from the people and the normal processes of the department.”

Kroenig Talks Nuclear Strategy on The Federalist Podcast

“At the expert level, there’s something of a bipartisan and international consensus that we do need to fix the [Iran] deal in the next couple of years,” Professor Matthew Kroenig said. “If these limits just expire we’re in real trouble and Iran will have a rapid path towards nuclear weapons capability.”

Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04) on the Future of Democracy in Myanmar

In a discussion hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.

Arend speaks on foreign policy trends in 2018

Professor Anthony Clark Arend, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Affairs, spoke with Carol Castiel from Encounter on Voice of America about what 2017 meant for U.S. foreign policy and what challenges are in store for 2018.

Matthew Kroenig on the Importance of U.S. Nuclear Weapons

Professor Matthew Kroenig argues that the world is a safer place with U.S. nuclear weapons in response to the Nobel Peace Prize that will go to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization that supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

McEldowney on the Crisis in Trump’s State Department

“The main problem with our diplomacy and our foreign policy right now is Donald Trump,” said Amb. Nancy McEldowney, Director of the MSFS Program, in an interview with WBUR’s On Point “No one can be an effective secretary of state for Donald Trump.”

Ferris on the Growing Refugee Crises Around the World

Professor Elizabeth Ferris spoke with RN Drive about the current political climate surrounding refugees, in particular the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and the need for a regional and international response to get involved to stop the ethnic cleansing.

Victor Cha Discusses The North Korea Challenge

Victor Cha, director of Asian Studies, analyzed the threat posed by North Korea’s escalating aggressiveness and the tools that the United States and its allies have to address the issue for the Modern War Institute’s podcast.

Bruce Hoffman on the Fall of Raqqa

Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies, joins NPR’s Weekend Edition to elaborate on new challenges facing forces in Syria after the fall of Raqqa. He emphasizes that the fall of Raqqa and the fall of ISIS are not equivalent.