Congratulations to the nine SFS students who received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships! They will study critical languages abroad this summer, including Punjabi, Persian, Korean, Bangla, Urdu, Arabic, and Russian.
Professor Angela Stent explains that the current White House strategy of excessive praise and criticism of President Putin will not be effective on CNN.
Debora Spar (SFS’84) recently left her post as President of Barnard College to serve as the first female president of New York’s Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. She was interviewed by Town&Country magazine about the new role.
Professor Steven Radelet explains that the U.S. uses foreign aid not just for development goals but also for political support abroad, and comments on how the new budget will affect these goals in Foreign Policy.
In an article in Bloomberg, Professor Ariane Tabatabai notes that Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is emerging as President Hassan Rouhani’s key challenger in the Iranian presidential election.
Professor Ken Opalo noted the differences between present-day localized violence in Kenya and the national-level violence of elections ten years ago in comments for BBC.
Professor Bruce Hoffman discussed developments in aviation-focused terrorist efforts that brought about last month’s ban on laptop ban on certain flights, in an interview with The Cipher.
Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04) will transition from ABC News foreign correspondence to covering domestic and breaking news stories for CNN.
Osama Abi-Mershed, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, overviewed the effect of political issues between Algeria and Morocco on pan-Arabic cooperation to help Syrian refugees in comments for Pacific Standard Magazine.