Tamara Sonn, professor at the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, explains the importance of the distinction that the U.S. is not at war with Islam to avoid the risk of legitimizing terrorist claims.
Dennis Wilder, senior fellow at the U.S.-China Initiative, explains that the North Korea policy review ordered by the Trump administration may not be completed quickly due to staffing challenges at the National Security Council.
Anna Scott Bell (MASIA’16) discusses the ways the Asian Studies Program has prepared her for her current job as a Program Associate at the Global Taiwan Institute, a new think tank in Washington, D.C focused on Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and cross-Strait relations.
MSFS spotlights Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha, (MSFS’18), a political refugee and exiled journalist from Ethiopia, who came to MSFS this past year seeking a path towards making the world a better place.
Professor Abraham Newman explains the paradox that the funding that supports European far-right parties, which are often anti-EU, comes from the EU Parliament in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post.
Professor Colin Kahl, national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, comments on the role McMaster will fill in Trump’s cabinet and the tangible measures of his successes and failures, in Buzzfeed.
Daniel Byman comments on the risks and costs involved in the Trump administration’s proposal to establish safe zones for civilians in Syria in the Huffington Post.
Professor Chris Taylor discusses a new Department of Defense initiative that gives students at SFS and other universities the chance to invent products designed to solve unclassified versions of problems faced by military and intelligence agencies.
Bruce Hoffman comments on the death of the “Blind Sheikh,” the Muslim cleric convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, while he was imprisoned. Hoffman says Abdel-Rahman’s style of terrorism “would establish the patterns of global terrorism that continue to bedevil us today.”
Brian Moore, (MASIA’17), discusses how Muslim women in Indonesia especially are using tools like social media and the Internet to engage more actively in extreme jihadist behavior.
On his recent trip to Washington, D.C., Canadian Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, visited SFS to speak about the economic partnership between Canada and the United States.
Kristin Garrity-Şekerci, Research Fellow and program coordinator with the Bridge Initiative, and Nazir Harb Michel, post-doctoral Senior Research Fellow with the Bridge Initiative, discuss their experiences with Islamophobia on Washington, D.C.’s NPR station.
Centennial Fellow Mark Lagon argues that the special U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship has outlived its usefulness on Minnesota Public Radio.
Professors Abraham Newman and Dan Nexon discuss why it is in American interest that allies do not spend more on defense, as President Trump has said, in Vox.
Professor Charles Kupchan discusses European leadership as the best hope for maintaining the global international system in the face of rising populism in ‘Shadow Government’ from Foreign Policy.
Professor Daniel Byman writes in Foreign Affairs about “lone wolf” terror attacks. “Although lone-wolf attacks are hard to prevent, governments in the West can do several things to make them less likely and to prepare for those that do occur.”
The Hoya reports on plans to modify the SFS undergraduate degree program affecting the Class of 2020 and beyond. Plans include adding a science requirement and reducing the number of major course requirements. Details have yet to be announced.
“Insofar as the administration is singling out Islam as the root of terrorism,” Professor Engy Abdelkader said, “one could argue a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause because it disfavors one faith tradition and group in contrast to others.”
Professor Engy Abdelkader writes that a wave of legislation, orders, and proposals are “informed by anti-Muslim prejudice and hatred.” These developments “are not actually about protecting us from terrorism,” she writes. “It’s about Islamophobia.”
President Trump has proposed “safe zones” to house displaced people inside Syria, but Professor Dan Byman says, “[Assad and ISIS] are going to see it as a threat, and that’s going to make it a target instead of a safe place.”
Professor Anna Maria Mayda said U.S. departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) gives ground to China, leading negotiations on its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). “[TPP] was a way for the U.S. to effect its own rules in that part of the world,” she said. Now, “a void is left.”
SFS Professor Colin Kahl appeared on MSNBC to discuss recent allegations that Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn discussed the U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian officials before the Trump Administration came into office.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Charter 77, three centers in the SFS hosted Ambassador Martin Palouš, one of the original signatories of Charter 77, to discuss the impact of Charter 77 and its relevance for human rights campaigns today.
In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Professor Victor Cha said, “The only reason they have not followed the election with an action, we believe, is because of the domestic political crisis in South Korea.”
Professor Shireen Hunter writes that as Trump’s policies offer Iranian leaders a “stark choice” either to prioritize survival or to risk sacrificing it for “some vague notion of Islamic universalism and anti-imperialist struggle… some Iranians would welcome a chance to entangle America in a long war” despite the costs.
Professor Robert Gallucci writes in The National Interest that instead of “loose talk” on nuclear weapons that reflects “no appreciation for American vulnerability,” it is time for a “real and open discussion about America’s place in the world.”
Professor Karl Widerquist, SFS-Q, explains how contemporary political philosophers have spread unverified beliefs about prehistory in his new book, “Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy.”
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, told the Miami Herald, “Attacks are always reported, in my experience, somewhere,” but there are exceptions in cases of “failed plots, aborted plans, or bombs that failed to explode.”
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the African Studies Program hosted a Town Hall meeting to give support and resources to students, faculty, and staff affected by the recent executive orders banning immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Professor Dennis Deletant writes that corruption, autocratic impulses, and incompetence have characterized the attitudes and actions of successive Romanian governments and the bureaucracy since the revolution in 1989.