Shareen Joshi, assistant professor in the SFS, published an article examining the recent activism of India’s most marginalized group, the Dalits. Following the dilution of the Prevention of Atrocities Act, there have been protests, arrests, and 10 deaths. Joshi says the week of activism and violence could be a sign of upheaval in the upcoming Indian elections because “a new generation of Dalit leaders has started to reject tokenism and seek genuine empowerment.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to Beijing for the first time this March. Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor of security studies, notes that “China may have shifted its strategy to prioritize diplomacy over military solutions, but its goals have not changed.” Beijing might expect Washington “to make significant compromises to get Pyongyang to denuclearize,” adds Skylar Mastro.
Kelly Dale (GHD’18) argues that improvements are needed in the collection of gender data to tackle gender inequality. Researchers should start “disaggregating data by sex and age and stop collecting data on household impacts rather than individual impacts”, adds Dale.
Ariane Tabatabai wrote an op-ed discussing the threat that incoming national security advisor John Bolton brings to the Iran nuclear deal. “Bolton’s track record in the nonproliferation space…all point to the end of the nuclear deal with Iran and a generally more aggressive stance on the Islamic Republic,” Tabatabai said.
SFS Professor Victor Cha believes that the Trump administration should maintain pressure and sanctions against North Korea and step up rather than cut down on its support for regional allies South Korea and Japan. It must not, however, consider the military option should the upcoming Kim-Trump summit fail, partly because it will be impossible to evacuate the 230,000 Americans living in South Korea in time should war erupt.
According to SFS Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro, China could offer North Korea some desired incentives that the U.S. is not willing to provide, such as unilateral sanction relief or even economic inducements. Mastro adds that the role of China remains vital, since it is responsible for 90% of North Korea’s trade with the outside world.