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.
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”.
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.
On NPR’s All Things Considered, Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, spoke about North Korea’s invitation to President Trump to meet, drawing from his own experience of negotiating with North Korea.
Last week, Poland’s president signed a law that would punish anyone who suggests Poland was complicit in the Holocaust. Professor Anna Sommer Schneider, who gives tours of Auschwitz, discusses the law and its implications with NPR.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
John Desrocher (SFS’86), current U.S. ambassador to Algeria, says his decision to pursue a career in public service started at Georgetown. “When I got to college and started studying, the interest grew.”
Jeffrey Anderson, Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, spoke with MPR news about German politics and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to build a coalition.
“What’s probably not appreciated is that Bangladesh itself has a lot of violence,” Professor C. Christine Fair told Lawfare. “All of the political parties have these thug-like gangs that kill people for political objectives.”
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.
“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.”
Students in SFS Professor James Koehler’s class “Energy Sector: Structure, Markets and Regulation” debated the central factors determining oil demand and whether demand for crude oil will peak in 2030.
Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, spoke with NPR’s WBUR on Secretary Tillerson’s intentional dismantling of the State Department. “When you undermine America’s diplomatic capability, you’re actually putting our country at risk,” says McEldowney.
Professor Michael David-Fox, who focuses on Russian and Soviet history, discusses the two different Russian revolutions of 1917 on a podcast with the New Books Network. According to David-Fox, regime change is a key marker of identifying a revolution because it leads to a new order.
Professor Charles Kupchan speaks with KJZZ Radio on potential reasons why Russian sanctions have yet to be implemented by the Trump administration. “There are different ways to interpret the fact that the Trump administration is dragging its feet on sanctions,” Kupchan said.
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.
Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies, commented on the recent terrorist attacks in New York City and Las Vegas and future protection of vulnerable targets for the National Public Radio.
Professor Daniel Byman explains President Trump’s call for changes to the U.S. visa system and methods to combat homegrown terrorism in the wake of the October 31st attack in New York City, on BBC World Service Newshour.
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.
Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service, spoke about the changes to the State Department under the Trump administration for The New York Times’s “The Daily” podcast.
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.
Ariane Tabatabai, Assistant Professor in SFS, speaks with KCRW radio in Los Angeles about Iran’s response to the recent decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
In light of the new travel ban, Wael Alzayav, MSFS ’07 and adjunct professor, spoke about its implications for Muslims coming to the United States.
Professor Keir Lieber weighed in on US options for brinkmanship and military action in response to Pyongyang’s growing nuclear arsenal, on NPR’s “On Point” radio talk show.
Professor Dennis Wilder discusses the infeasibility of a decapitation operation in North Korea following their latest nuclear weapons tests on NPR.
Professor Elizabeth Ferris discussed the dynamics of post-disaster recovery on the To the Point podcast.
Professor Angela Stent considers the growing presence Russia holds in the U.S. national conscience on the Global Politico podcast.