Professor Susan Martin writes about how rigid deterrence of asylum seekers at the border today and new Trump administration policies on immigration, particularly forced migration, can be compared to events like the rejection of the St. Louis, a German ship with Jewish refugees that was not granted asylum and therefore led to the death of almost half of the passengers in the Holocaust.
Professor Nicole Bibbins Sedaca appeared in Foreign Policy to argue for further consideration of North Korean human rights abuses. She stated that in addition to promoting denuclearization at the upcoming summit, “the U.S. team should prepare to address the country’s systemic violations of human rights.”
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, described his vision for a new approach to North Korea in a Foreign Affairs op-ed. Cha argues that his strategy focusing mainly on coercion would allow the U.S. to maintain its “center of gravity” in the region regardless of results.
Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant SFS professor, explores China’s ability to end a war once it starts. Mastro concludes that China possesses characteristics that may make it difficult for the country to disengage from an already-started military conflict.
Lisa Burgoa (SFS’19) contributed to an op-ed recently published by The Hill that argues for shift toward a more pro-business relationship with Cuba. “A pro-business posture allows for increased commercial relations (beyond cigars) that would be more effective in countering the interests of the Cuban military’s monopoly in business.”
SFS professor Daniel Byman has published an op-ed which explains that, by refusing the engage Hamas in talks, the US has only strengthened their ability to derail broader Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “As long as Hamas controls Gaza, the US and Israel must engage with it,” writes Byman.