Professor James Millward joins NPR’s Global Journalist podcast to discuss the recent Chinese practice of forcing Uighurs into “re-education” centers where “they’re forced to learn Mandarin Chinese, sing songs praising the Communist Party and encouraged to turn away from their religion.”
In this Washington Post article, Professor Jeni Klugman discusses various ways to improve women’s economic empowerment around the globe. She also touches on the current barriers to achieving this goal, which include “inadequate protections related to parental leave, gender-based violence prevention and reproductive rights.”
SFS Professor Victor Cha talked to Foreign Policy about North Koreans closely monitoring the US midterm elections, and how it will affect President Trump’s power: “[North Korean officials] are really worried that the president, coming out on the other side of this election, may not be interested in this issue anymore, may be hog-tied or hand-tied by his Congress” should the Democrats regain control of the Congress.
Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, calls for the UN to enforce UN resolution 1325, which was adopted to acknowledge gendered violence throughout warfare, more strongly: “Sexual violence is still viewed too often as collateral of war as opposed to a strategic tool utilized by combatants to achieve their nefarious ends,” she said.
In this ThinkProgress article, Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro offers her opinion on the allegations made by Vice President Mike Pence regarding China’s meddling in upcoming elections. She said that while “some of the things that the vice president, and indeed, the president, are saying about Chinese behavior are true…some are an exaggeration, kind of conspiracy-theoryesque.” She added that this “reduces the strength of our message on things that are of actually very critical relevance.”
Regarding President Trump’s to cancel the annual $350 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency, and funding for the USAID Israeli and Palestinian coexistence program, SFS Professor Drew Christiansen, S.J. said: “There is a kind of compatibility between Netanyahu and Trump in terms of the way they approach this; they’re both bullies who believe in sticks and no carrots. This is the way Netanyahu has been moving for years, never agreeing to talks and continuing the process of expropriating Palestinian land.”
In this Washington Post article, Professor Abraham Newman discusses the recent news that the Chinese military has compromised the motherboards of servers used by Apple, a bank and various government contractors. Newman also explores how global supply chains create significant economic interdependence, and how this interdependence can be weaponized, using these vulnerabilities and choke points for strategic advantage.
In this Financial Times piece, Professor Michael Green warns that while Chinese espionage through avenues such as students and professors may be a problem, it is important not to the “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Green added that “the overwhelming majority of Chinese students studying in the US become bridges not threats.”
Dr. Marc Busch was quoted by Vox regarding the circumstances in which the USMCA deal came to be–the threat of tariffs from President Trump. Trump enthusiastically thanked tariffs after the deal was struck. Busch believes that this tactic will not hold out in the long run: “With that genie out of the bottle, we’re screwed. Now every country is going to learn from this. The problem with this Trump demonstration is that everyone was watching. If we can do it, they can too.”
Michael McKenna (MSFS’10) has been named the new president of Tabor Community Services, Inc. Prior to this, he was the chief impact/operations officer of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, and before that, the Director of the Women, Infants, and Children Program. He was also the assistant director of poverty concerns and faith connections at the Center for Community Service and Justice of Loyola University Maryland.
On September 18, 2018, President Trump attended a summit with South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and North Korean president, Kim Jong Un. SFS Professor Michael Green analyzed the outcome of the summit and concluded that the US is left with “five hard decisions” regarding declarations, joint exercises, the Kaesong Industrial Complex, sanctions, and President Trump himself.
In this interview with Bloomberg, Professor Medeiros predicts that the positive outcomes from trade negotiations with South Korea, Japan, and, most notably, Canada and Mexico will give President Trump “confidence that he can withstand making a quick deal with the Chinese.”
Dr. Brad Stapleton (SFS’01, SSP’03) examines the potential impacts of Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran, following his decision to withdraw from the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. These sanctions, during the Obama administration, got Iran to the negotiating table, but Stapleton believes it won’t be as effective the second time around because the Trump administration’s high demands, and Iran’s hesitation to work on any deals with the US.
As NAFTA deadlines were approaching, the US and Canada still did not have positions on the agreement. Congress was prepared to put pressure on Canada to align with the US with threats of tariffs, though Busch stated that “Canada does have the upper hand right now”. He also pointed out that Canada was not rushing to meet the deadline because they want to plan out “a deal that works for Canada”. Ultimately, the US and Canada won’t lose anything if they miss deadlines, though they’ll need to continue negotiations.
In an op-ed for The Hill, SFS Professor Oriana Mastros analyzes one of President Trump’s speech before the UN General Assembly last week, specifically what she calls his “doctrine of patriotism” as a method for national security strategy. Ultimately, the president’s new strategy puts the US in a “power competition” with Russia and China. Additionally, the prevalence of patriotism in this strategy makes partnerships and alliances with America less attractive to other countries.
Professor James Millward spoke to Bloomberg News about Chen Quanguo, the architect of China’s Muslim camps in Xinjiang, noting that Chen uses a dual strategy of tough security measures and reeducation designed to “take the ethnicity out of the people and lock them down.” “He clearly has Xi’s support to a remarkable degree,” Millward said.
In an op-ed in Foreign Affairs, Professor Charles A. Kupchan reviews Trump’s United Nations General Assembly speech using a historical lens. Kupchan posits that Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, which includes the bucking of international organizations, is nothing new, but simply a rehash of the long-practiced 19th century policy of isolationism.
In this Yahoo article, Professor Angela Stent praises Fiona Hill, Senior Director of European and Russian Affairs for the President’s National Security Council staff, for reaching such a high position within the White House despite being a woman from “very modest circumstances.”
SFS Professors Shareen Joshi and George Shambaugh research industrial waste management through public and private sector partnerships with the Indian government. While it may seem as though major investors and donors are helping with waste management, Professors Joshi and Shambaugh’s research shows that these public/private sector partnerships actually have a “boom-bust cycle” that ultimately may end up doing more harm in the long run to the very communities they’re trying to help.
In this Foreign Policy article, Professor Matthew Kroenig explains that despite recent efforts among Europeans to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, “it was dead as soon as the United States announced it was withdrawing.” Kroenig pointed to the fact that a passing of the deal without U.S. support would cause “every business in the world [to] face a choice between doing business with the United States or doing business with Iran.” He added that “for almost all, that is no choice at all.”
Professor Victor Cha, director of the Asian Studies Department, is quoted in Foreign Policy describing the difficult position of the U.S. negotiators for North Korea, in light of Stephen Biegun’s appointment as special representative. Cha says they are charged with squeezing concessions out of Pyongyang that the “president has already said they’ve gotten.”
Professors Charles Kupchan and Robert Lieber offer differing perspectives on how President Trump has handled being the “Leader of the Free World,” in the Christian Science Monitor. While Professor Kupchan sees a president “whose driving perspective is, ‘I’m tired of presiding over a country that has its lunch eaten every day because it’s taking care of others,’” Lieber contends that President Trump “sees the U.S. carrying burdens that are unfair and beyond what we can continue to bear,” and with that perspective in mind, he thinks the President has gotten things “mostly right.”
In an op-ed in Lobe Log, Professor Shireen Hunter examines the recent attacks on Iran both by the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, an Arab nationalist group that seeks to separate part of Iran’s most south-westerly province from Tehran, and Kurdish insurgents in the northwest. Hunter looks at the struggles’ histories and suggests their recent iterations might be part of a strategy by Iran’s Arab rivals, perhaps with the blessing of the United States.
In this article in the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Rick Hulefeld (SFS ’68) is recognized for his extensive work in building Children Inc., which he founded in 1979. Children Inc. has helped launch a number of initiatives focusing on the development of young children, from employer-sponsored child care to after-school programs across the country.
In this PBS News Hour article, Nancy McEldowney, Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, discusses how President Trump has shifted the narrative of American diplomacy from the promotion of strong values and integrity to being a “net exporter of instability,” pointing to statements from Trump, such as “real power is…fear,” as an indication in this change of strategy.
Gurbir Grewal (SFS’95) hopes to use his position as state attorney general to hold the Trump administration accountable throughout the term, and be a positive representation of the Sikh American community. He also highlights the difficulties he’s faced since starting his position, including receiving threats and hate mail, and comments on the current political climate.
In Slate, Professor Michael Green, director of the Asian Studies department, is quoted describing the new position announced by North Korea’s Foreign Minister on nuclear disarmament at a recent conference in Beijing. Their new policy appears to be an attempt to solidify their status as a nuclear power.
In Politico, Professor Marc Busch, international trade expert, describes how continuing brinkmanship in the trade sphere between the United States and China could prompt Beijing to curtail exports, which would threaten Apple’s profits.
Uzra Zeya (SFS’89) recounts over two decades time serving in the US State Department, and the now very different makeup of the State Department, under the Trump administration for Politico. Zeya expressed her concerns that it no longer reflected “women and men of all backgrounds”, and the potential of the Department remaining “88.8 percent white and more than two-thirds male.”
In an Op-Ed analysis of US-Iranian relations, published in Lobe Log, Professor Shireen Hunter pushes back on the idea that Iran should pull back from engaging with the U.S. while Trump is president. She bases this idea on the hypothesis that Trump’s policies are not a significant departure from the norm as set by previous administrations.