Professor Colin Kahl and Center for Security Studies Senior Fellow Paul Pillar joined forces to consider the future of the U.S. intelligence community and relations with Russia as they relate to the rhetoric and actions during the first month of the Trump administration.
A new book about prehistory, co-authored by Professor Karl Widerquist at SFS in Qatar (SFS-Q), questions whether people are better off because of the existence of government and property rights.
Professor Barbara Bodine, Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, advises against engaging in arguments about domestic American politics while traveling abroad in the Washington Post travel section.
Professor Victor Cha explains that the United States needs a more engaged North Korea policy that integrates denuclearization and human rights improvement.
Professor Victor Cha discusses the global repercussions of the deadly nerve gas attack on Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator, including its effects on U.S.-North Korean dialogue, on NPR.
Professor Matthew Kroenig breaks down President Trump’s calls for U.S. nuclear supremacy, explaining that American dominance is a form of deterrence in the rest of the world – especially against a growing Russian nuclear arsenal.
Professor Jacques Berlinerblau discusses the possibility and implications of Trump’s anti-secular global agenda, which would align U.S. interests abroad with the interests of domestic conservative Christians, in Lawfare.
Professor Victor Cha argued that U.S. policymakers should consider bigger policy risks, including coercive and diplomatic measures, to manage the North Korean nuclear threat at a conference in Seoul.
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.
Centennial Fellow Mark Lagon discusses the role of the United Nations in a variety of global issues and its relationship to U.S. national interests, especially considering the position of the Trump administration on international law.
Professor Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden, discusses the implications of the Trump administration’s alleged indifference to the deliberative processes in reference to the failed Yemen raids.
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.
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) honored United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as the 2017 recipient of the Raymond ‘Jit’ Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy.
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.”