In this op-ed published on Foreign Affairs, Professor Charles Kupchan describes the fact that despite “Trump’s dismissive and disparaging treatment of NATO,” the alliance “is entering its eighth decade in quite good health because it succeeds admirably in advancing the shared interests of its members.”
In the Media
In this article published on the National Catholic Reporter, Father Drew Christiansen posited that in the current political climate, with increasing attention being paid to nuclear deterrence, “it’s time for the Catholic voice to rise to the pinnacle it held in the 1980s and new voices can lead the way.” With his reference to the 1980’s, Father Christiansen brings to mind “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response,” a letter released by U.S. bishops in 1983 which “offered moral perspectives on war and peace, nuclear deterrence and the possession of nuclear weapons.”
In this article published on Foreign Policy, Professor Charles Kupchan provides an explanation for why “Brexit Is Europe’s Finest Hour.” According to Kupchan, “the general pattern is that Europe continues to exercise a magnetic attraction which pulls even extremist parties toward the center. Why? It’s markets. It’s a rule-based order. It’s the aggregation of political and geopolitical clout. It’s a sense of security. It’s open borders.” Thus, according to Kupchan, Brexit has served more as an indication of the strength of the EU than anything else.
In this article published on Lawfare, Katherine Kelley (SSP ’20) describes the modern phenomena of “sextortion.” According to Kelley, “blackmailing victims using their sexual activity as leverage is a crime as old as time,” however “sextortion is a uniquely modern phenomenon insofar as it relies of the use of modern technology in the acquisition of material and the threat of dissemination.”
Ivanka Trump’s Initiative hopes to help 50 million women with job skills and credit. However, to ensure that the initiative had funding, President Trump cut funding for the SNAP program and the USAID by a third each. “Generally these are good things to do, but at the same time we shouldn’t be cutting the budget for other women’s programs,” Verveer said. “You can’t go to the workplace and be productive if your health is failing and you’re a victim of domestic abuse.”
The Bangkok Post profiled SFS alumnus Jack Leslie (SFS’76), who is the Chairman of Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm. While Leslie originally wanted to be a doctor growing up, he switched gears and worked for Senator Ted Kennedy for eight years after graduating from Georgetown. Eventually, he met a media consultant while working for Kennedy, and ended up working for the Sawyer Miller Group, “one of the pioneers in political media consulting during the late 1980s and early ’90s” which would later become Weber Shandwick.
The U.S.-North Korea talks in Hanoi, Vietnam didn’t go well, and immediately after, everyone was trying to see who was at fault behind the talks. Various factors have been pointed out: President Trump, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, Japan, Michael Cohen. SFS Professor Michael Green, however, argues that the most obvious reason is North Korea: “North Korea was not prepared to denuclearize in any meaningful way.”
In light of the attacks on the two New Zealand mosques on Friday, Professor Daniel Byman outlined initial thoughts in an op-ed for the Brookings Institution. Byman highlighted that words and rhetoric matter in terms of comments made by politicians and wrote that white nationalist sentiments must be taken seriously, and that right-wing terrorism should be taken as seriously as jihadism.
Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing: “A New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition.” Her three main points were that: 1) while China is not a threat to the US, there are conflicts in goals and interests; 2) China works with its military power for security and expects the US and other countries to let them without a fight; and 3) China’s territorial aims are limited.