Professor Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, comments on KUNC about the relationship between Clinton and Yeslin, Reagan and Gorbachev, ahead of Trump-Putin summit.
Professor Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, was featured on ABC Radio talking about the summit taking place between Trump and Putin. She argues that the goal for Trump should be to normalize relations between the United States and Russia.
On Radio Canada International, Professor Marc Busch, professor of International Business Diplomacy, assures Canadians that the US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum are just as unpopular in the United States as they are in Canada and not reflective of the general sentiment of the domestic constituency.
Professor Christine Fair, Associate Professor of Security Studies, speaks on NPR’s 1A about how civility is a word that is used by the GOP to shield itself from criticism of its policies.
Victor Cha spoke with CSIS about the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The podcast explores concessions already made by Trump and the strange nature of the summit.
Professors Victor Cha and Robert Gallucci weighed in on the ongoing North Korea denuclearization news for NPR. According to Gallucci, the Trump administration’s call for “irreversible” denuclearization may be setting a lofty goal that is physically implausible to achieve.
Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, went on NPR to discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean officials. “It would be fairly bizarre to have these two gentlemen meet in New York and have what’s going on in both Singapore and at Panmunjom all happening at the same time without a pretty clear commitment to go ahead with the [summit],” explained Gallucci.
“This would take months if not years of negotiations to be confident for the president to walk into a meeting and say yeah, the North Koreans are going to do what we want them to do,” said Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs. Cha mentioned that the postponement of the North Korea nuclear summit gives the U.S. more time to prepare.
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.