“I’m not calling President Trump a fascist, [but] I am very concerned about his lack of democratic instinct of any kind and his disdain for the press and the judiciary and the electoral process”, says SFS Professor and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. She adds that she is worried about war with North Korea and more Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Anne Steen, director of the SFS Graduate Career Center, made the case that SFS students make the perfect candidates for a job in the intelligence community, since they are “global problem-solvers who speak multiple languages.” The CIA is currently hiring a wide range of new employees from cyber threat analysts to accountants to data scientists.
SFS Professor Victor Cha argues that a limited strike on North Korea would not limit North Korea’s nuclear program or even curb “the proliferation of materials, weapons or scientists.” On the withdrawal of his nomination as U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Cha says that “the administration has the right to change its mind.”
SFS Professor Matthew Kroenig argues for CBS that Kim Jong Un’s first-ever official trip abroad gives hope that North Korea might be ready to make serious progress over its denuclearization. “Chances are still low, but better chance now than anytime in recent years”, says Kroenig.
On Thursday, March 22, President Trump replaced General H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as his new National Security Advisor. Nancy McEldowney, former ambassador and current Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, and Matthew Kroenig, associate professor and former military analyst at the CIA and strategist at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, assessed changes Bolton will bring to the job on PBS NewsHour.
SFS graduate student Schrader argues that Chinese opinion is divided on the indefinite extension of President Xi Jinping’s rule. For the West, the extension will mean a Chinese president emboldened to keep up his assertive foreign policy.
Professor Dennis Wilder appeared on Fox News to discuss President Trump’s potential meeting with North Korea and why Kim Jong Un has finally agreed to meet. Wilder believes that economic pressure from China has forced North Korea to the negotiating table.
SFS Professor Jacobson argues that we are in a new Cold War with Russia and that the focus of the West should remain on Russia’s disinformation campaign and election interference.
SFS Professor Kroenig argues that if North Korea makes some goodwill gestures such as not testing nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles for a while, there could be some headway. At this point, though, we still have “talks about talks that maybe will lead somewhere at some point.”
SFS Professor Matthew Kroenig warns of Russia’s low-yield nuclear capabilities. “I think there’s a lot of evidence right now that Putin is not deterred by our current posture; he thinks he can get away with one of these limited nuclear strikes. And so that’s one of the reasons we have to do something different.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected President of Kenya last year, beating Opposition Leader Raila Odinga in a controversial election. Odinga refused to recognize the results of the election and recently self-proclaimed himself “the people’s president”. SFS professor Ken Opalo weighs in on the implications for Kenya’s political future as part of a panel convened in Voice of America’s “Straight Talk Africa”.
Irfan Nooruddin, Professor of Indian Politics and Director of the Georgetown India Initiative, defines the relationship between India and Israel as one of “mutual need.” India needs weapons systems and technology, while Israel stands to benefit from India as an ally in the region.
Speaking to CNBC, Indian politics professor Irfan Noorudin said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) loss of seats in Gujarat legislative assembly elections indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a lot of work to do, particularly in rural areas, ahead of the 2019 general election.
Professor Bruce Hoffman said in an interview with Newsy’s The Why about new trends in technology and terrorist radicalization, “What worries me the most is what’s the next new thing.”
In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Amb. Nancy McEldowney said, “When you look at the course of the President’s tweets, they range from being disruptive to downright dangerous.”
SFS Professor Matthew Kroenig appeared on CBSN to comment on President Trump’s National Security Strategy, which he unveiled at a speech on December 18, 2017.
Dennis Wilder, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Asian Studies Program, said on Fox News that Beijing needs to do more to contain the rogue regime in Pyongyang.
Professor Varun Sivaram spoke to PBS News Hour about the benefits of an off-grid solar system in Kenya. He argues that the system helps entrepreneurs and contributes to overall economic development.
Professor Nooruddin addresses Hindu nationalism, saying that it reflects a “tyranny of the minority of the majority.” He also discussed Prime Minister Modi’s agenda, as well as the effect of the caste system on Indian politics.
On November 21, Ambassador Nancy McEldowney appeared on CNN to discuss dissent among U.S. diplomats over Tillerson’s decision to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, former Ambassador to Bulgaria and Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the “hollowing out of the Department of State” and the negative impact this will have on diplomatic relations around the world.
Appearing on CBSN’s Red and Blue, Professor Matthew Kroenig said, “Often the point of these trips is not to get some major policy breakthrough; rather, it’s more symbolic. It shows that the United States cares about Asia.”
Professor Marc Chernick discusses peace in Colombia and the potential for conflict if the 2018 election winner does not sustain a commitment to the new peace accords.
Oriana Skylar Mastro spoke about current U.S. strategies towards North Korea on Fox News. She elaborated on her suggestions for future policy, including China’s role in foreign policy.
Professor Anthony Clark Arend spoke to a crowd marching for understanding and healing in response to the events at Charlottesville this weekend.
Jessica von Tesckow (MAGES’17) discussed the significance of upcoming German federal elections and life in Washington, D.C. with DW.
Professor Bruce Hoffman provided perspective on the phenomenon of lone wolf terrorism in remarks at the Washington Institute.
Professor Keir Lieber debated the continued necessity of nuclear weapons on a panel for NHK.
Ann Yang (SFS’15) and Philip Wong (SFS’14) were highlighted as founders of Misfit Juicery on ABC News.
The Georgetown professor warned that premature use of force against North Korea would be “nutty and irresponsible.”