Georgetown SFS professor Michael David-Fox wins a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for a book project on how the Soviet system and the WWII German occupation regime intertwined in the Smolensk region.
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 Alan Tidwell, Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Studies, argues in the New York Daily News that President Trump’s invitation to Filipino President Duterte emboldens a dangerous and violent leader.
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.
The Center for Jewish Civilization (CJC) hosted the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks, on April 19, 2017, for an event titled “Blacks and Jews in The Age of Trump.”
Dr. Michael David-Fox, Professor of History at Georgetown University, was selected as a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was chosen as one of the fellowship awardees from a group of over 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 93rd competition.
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) hosted an event in Riggs Library featuring Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez.
Dr. John McNeill was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a member of the history subject area. Membership in the Academy is a prestigious honor offered to some of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide.
Tensions are on the rise between the United States, its ally South Korea, and North Korea. In light of the intensified tenor of the situation on the Korean peninsula, faculty and students in the School of Foreign Service have weighed in on the foreign policy debate and provided analysis.
Professor Dan Nexon compares Trump’s unpredictability to Nixon’s “mad man theory,” arguing that unpredictability is not a strength for the Trump administration but rather a recipe for instability, and confusion in Foreign Policy.
Rev. Patrick Desbois speaks at the opening of the traveling “Holocaust By Bullets” exhibit in Milwaukee, WI, documenting sites where Jews were executed by Nazi mobile-killing units in Eastern Europe.
The U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airbase on April 6, 2017 in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on civilians has put intensified attention on the state of the U.S.-Russia relationship during the Trump Administration. SFS Professor Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, is an expert on this relationship and her analysis has been in great demand by U.S. and international media.
On April 4, 2017, evidence emerged that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians in the town of Khan Shaykhun, Syria. In response, on April 6, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian airbase. SFS faculty offered their thoughts on the implications of this series of events.
Professor Daniel Byman, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, has spearheaded a one-credit course initiative, one of the first iterations of which is Byman’s own class, “Trump’s Foreign Policy.” The class seeks to explore current events in foreign policy with experts from the SFS.
The Hoya covered six Georgetown students’ trip to Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to observe the campaign process in a hotly contested special election, where SFS alum Jon Ossoff (SFS’09) is running as a Democrat to fill the seat.
The Bridge Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown, released research results examining American Catholics’ perceptions of Muslims and Islam.
Professor Ariane Tabatabai explains that despite the US and UN lifting sanctions in accordance with Iranian compliance to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian economy is not seeing the economic growth Iran’s leadership hoped for.
On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Center for Security Studies hosted “The Future of Innovation in National Security” in Gaston Hall, featuring Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security; Andrew Hallman, Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for Digital Innovation; Milo Medin, Vice President of Access Services at Google; Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Erin M. Simpson, Founder and CEO of Archer Avenue Consulting.
Just released from Columbia University Press, Arsenault’s book, How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture, looks at the history of the American norm against torturing prisoners and what changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Professor Lahra Smith discusses how wealthier nations like the United States and those in Europe can learn from Djibouti’s historic refugee program in The Washington Post.
Professor Colin Kahl makes recommendations for the Trump administration fighting the war in Syria, including playing hardball with Moscow, providing foreign aid to Syria, and engaging Iran, in Foreign Policy’s “Shadow Government.”
Postdoctoral Fellow Rachel Salzman discusses changes to the Russia-India-China strategic triangle, as India moves away from Russia and toward the U.S. in the face of friendlier Russian-Chinese relations.
Professor Daniel Byman discusses the London terror attack on NPR, explaining that recent attacks on the west are more important to ISIS as the terror group loses ground in Iraq and Syria.
Professor Charles Kupchan returns to the SFS this semester from former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), where he served as the Senior Director for European Affairs since 2014. He says, “There’s a saying that it’s very hard to get a job with the NSC, and it’s even harder to leave a job at the NSC.”
The Security Studies Program sponsors a class called “Hacking4Defense” that adopts Silicon Valley startup strategies and applies them to the design and implementation of military and intelligence technology. The class was featured in Forbes.
Professor Michael Green explains that despite raising some eyebrows, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hit the right tone on his recent visit to Asia.
The Center for Jewish Civilization (CJC) hosted Ira N. Forman, former U.S. State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS), to give a talk called “Rising Anti-Semitism: Are We Back to the 1930s?” discussing increasing anti-Semitism in the world.
Professor Charles Kupchan writes in Foreign Policy about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. “Trump and Merkel are oil and water; they are unlikely to forge a friendship or enduring bond. But for the sake of both countries and the future of the West, they must seize the opportunity to compromise their way to a working relationship.”
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy welcomed new senior fellow, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She comes to Georgetown from a 34-year career with the State Department where she most recently served as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs.