Professor Dan Byman argues in Foreign Affairs that the best option for the United States is to maintain a residual counterterrorism force in Afghanistan, but not re-escalating, as the Trump administration announced it plans to do in August.
Professor Ariane Tabatabai published new research regarding the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Tehran-Washington relations more broadly, for the Cato Institute. She argues that the Trump administration should affirm its commitment to the deal and work to engage Iran in the global economy.
Alumna Mina Pollman (SFS’15) reviewed Professor Michael Green’s newest book, “By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783,” for the Center for International Maritime Security.
Professor Christine Fair commented on the military-judiciary nexus in Pakistan and the role of Pakistani terrorist organizations in the decision to remove Nawaz Sharif from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro published new research surrounding nuanced but significant changes in China’s North Korea strategy. She discusses the new Chinese thinking as well as implications for U.S. policy in a Peace Brief for the United States Institute of Peace.
In the finale of a two-part post for the Brookings Lawfare blog, Professor Dan Byman makes a case against continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. In part two, he argues that for diplomatic, financial, and military reasons, Afghanistan will be a failed venture for the U.S.
Professor Dan Byman makes a case for continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in a two-part post for the Brookings Lawfare blog. In part 1, he argues that the U.S. has a chance of success if leaders limit U.S. objectives regarding terrorism and the Taliban.
Professor Bruce Hoffman discusses “another 9/11” and the growing security challenge facing the U.S. and its allies from Al Qaeda, which has been rebuilding after ceding its spotlight to ISIS, in the Wall Street Journal.
Professor Jenny Guardado discusses her new research assessing the impact of regional colonial governance on long-run development in Peru.
Professor Victor Cha discusses gender discrimination at panels and conferences on South Korea, despite the growing number of female academics and foreign policy professionals studying Korea on both sides of the Pacific.
Professor Keir Lieber weighed in on US options for brinkmanship and military action in response to Pyongyang’s growing nuclear arsenal, on NPR’s “On Point” radio talk show.
Professor Michael Green discusses potential elements of a North Korea strategy for the Trump administration, explaining that the current strategy is counterproductive in Foreign Policy.
Professor Dennis Wilder discusses the infeasibility of a decapitation operation in North Korea following their latest nuclear weapons tests on NPR.
SFS Professor Michael Green published an op-ed in the Korea Joongang Daily about the danger of a fraying transatlantic relationship to U.S. allies in Asia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.