SFS professor Dennis Wilder spoke with MSN on President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China. According to Wilder, “by continuing to put pressure on China, the offers have become better and better.”
Professors Anthony Clark Arend and Michael Green explained the upcoming North Korea nuclear summit. Arend and Green agreed that the political considerations of the summit have been strange and many pundits may have reacted differently if the summit had occurred under President Obama.
Professor Robert Gallucci spoke with the New Yorker about the G-7 meetings. Gallucci explained that while ostracizing many allies would normally be viewed as disastrous, President Trump’s base sees these decisions as rupturing the old world order in precisely the way Trump promised during his campaign.
Amb. Nancy McEldowney and Amb. Barbara Bodine appeared in the Washington Post to discuss the Trump State Department. Both former Ambassadors agreed that the trend of Trump State Department officials to be overly political could damage the long-term international interests of the U.S.
Professor Harley Balzer spoke with the New Republic about the geopolitical implications of the World Cup being held in Russia. He called the country’s new grandiose stadium in Kaliningrad a “Putin-style power demonstration” aimed to represent Russia’s power in the region.
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, weighed in on President Trump’s decisions regarding the upcoming summit with North Korea. In the New York Times, Cha explained that Trump has already made key concessions even though the negotiations have not formally begun.
Ariane Tabatabai, SFS Professor, answered questions on the Iran Nuclear Deal after the withdrawal of the United States from the treaty. She argues that the administration’s decision to remove itself from the treaty was largely motivated by domestic politics.
Jeffrey Anderson, director of the Center for German and European Studies, reviewed the disagreement between the United States and its European allies regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Anderson argues that while a public difference of opinion between the U.S. and Europe is rare, this disagreement demonstrates the unusual current geopolitical space.
Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, commented on the literary work of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Philip Roth. He described Roth’s writing style as “authentic and unusual” but questioned whether his work will survive in the #MeToo era, as some have called Roth’s writing misogynistic.