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SFS On Topic: North Korea-U.S. Tensions

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.

Fr. Desbois Speaks at Opening of Milwaukee Exhibit

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.

SFS On Topic: U.S.-Russia Relationship During Trump Administration

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.

SFS On Topic: U.S. Airstrike in Syria

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.

Panel Discusses Innovation in National Security

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.

Arsenault Debuts New Book On Norms in Torture Debate

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.

Colin Kahl on Trump and the War in Syria

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.”

Professor Charles Kupchan: Shaping Public Policy, from the White House to the ICC

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.”

Kupchan Says Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

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.”