In this op-ed published on Real Clear Defense, Eliot Silverberg (MASIA’20) discusses the possibility and potential benefits of a joint counter-terrorism effort between the U.S. and China. According to Silverberg, despite the fact that “Washington and Beijing appear headed for a period of sustained economic competition, the United States should consider developing a combination of economic pressures and incentives to engage China on counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.”
Bruce Hoffman, SFS Professor and terrorism and insurgency expert, contested Vice President Mike Pence’s recent remarks claiming to have defeated the Islamic State. Not only is “defeated” inaccurate, he says, but it suggests “a misunderstanding of terrorism as a phenomenon that can be ‘defeated’ in conventional military terms.”
Jeffrey Anderson, professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies, voiced his concern for the diplomatic downgrade of the European Union Delegation to the United States. The downgrade, he said, is “yet another gratuitous, petty slap at the idea of European unity.” However, Anderson was reassured that many of the broader trans-Atlantic networks remain in place.
Alex Roberds (SFS’18, MAGES’19) arrived at Georgetown as an undergraduate with a long-standing interest in Germany and Russia, and through classes and internships built on this passion. He now studies Russian interference operations and European energy studies through the Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) accelerated program, in which he completes his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in five years.
Charlotte Carstens began work on her master’s degree at CGES this summer after working for the German government as an International Parliamentary Scholar, a program that provides total immersion in workings of the German democracy. Before that, Carstens worked in Germany on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Wookjae Jung (SFS’15), a former Korean Air Force officer, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, winning one of the most selective postgraduate scholarships in the world. The scholarship pays for a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.
Shlomo Argov (SFS’52) was born in Jerusalem in 1929. His family had lived in the Holy Land for seven generations. At that time the city lay within the British Mandate for Palestine, though during Argov’s life, the State of Israel would burst into existence during the 1948 War of Independence.
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown, the largest student-run, pro-life conference in the nation, is marking its 20th anniversary this week, continuing a tradition for Catholic youth that has grown exponentially over the years. “The 20th anniversary of the conference is an exciting milestone, since it speaks to the enduring importance of bearing witness to the inherent dignity of every human person,” says Erica Lizza (SFS’19), an outreach director for this year’s conference and president of Catholic Women at Georgetown.
A. Joseph Howar, an immigrant from Palestine who became one of the most prominent Arab-Americans of the early 20th century, touched the lives of countless people during his 103+ years. Howar’s legacy continues at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, where for more than 25 years, the Howar family has generously funded a scholarship in Joseph’s memory for students of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program.
Grappling with the geopolitical realities of a warming Arctic region, Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy recently released a report detailing the far-reaching effects of this phenomenon. “The Arctic is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world,” the report notes.
SFS Professor Joel Simmons published an article in the journal “Economics & Politics.” Simmons examines an older argument which claims that culture, as opposed to oil wealth, is the reason behind female labor supply. Rather, he argues that “oil wealth reduces the demand for female labor by hurting the export‐oriented industries that employ female labor intensively.”
Professor Emily Mendenhall published research exploring “how international donor policies cultivate a form of biological sub-citizenship for those with diabetes in Kenya.”