Dan Byman on Escalation in Afghanistan

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.

Oriana Skylar Mastro on China’s Evolving North Korea Strategy

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.

Dan Byman on Afghanistan: Part II, Against U.S. Involvement

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.

Dan Byman On Afghanistan: Part I, For U.S. Involvement

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.

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.

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.”