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.
UT Austin rejected funding from a foundation with affiliations to the Chinese Communist Party. James Millward, professor of history and China specialist, comments on the relationship between the foundation’s chairman and the PRC.
Kathleen McNamara, Professor of Government and Foreign Service, predicts that the declining Euro could endanger the rest of the global financial market. It has long played a “helper” role to U.S. financial hegemony, but McNamara says that “now, Europe’s “helper” status may well be in question.
Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor of security studies, observes that while the alliance between South Korea and the United States remains strong militarily, the political ties are more tenuous. After visiting Seoul in December, she believes “the politics of cooperation could be shaken up by unresolved differences or shocks.”
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.
Victor Cha, director of the Asian Studies program, commented on shifting perceptions of the Olympic Games in Asia. He compared goals of cities vying for the chance to host the Olympic Games in the U.S. and Europe with goals of cities in Asia.
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.
The existence of a domestic pressure in favor of a U.S. attack on Iran increases the risk of military intervention, writes SFS professor Shireen Hunter in an op-ed for LobeLog. She further argues that the increasingly aggressive rhetoric from Trump administration officials should make the Iranian regime, which unlike North Korea, does not count with a deterrent or an allied great power, wary of an American attack.
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.