Lisa Burgoa on how the U.S. should approach relations with Post-Castro Cuba

Lisa Burgoa (SFS’19) contributed to an op-ed recently published by The Hill that argues for shift toward a more pro-business relationship with Cuba. “A pro-business posture allows for increased commercial relations (beyond cigars) that would be more effective in countering the interests of the Cuban military’s monopoly in business.”

Dan Byman Urges U.S. Not To Ignore Hamas in the Gaza Strip

SFS professor Daniel Byman has published an op-ed which explains that, by refusing the engage Hamas in talks, the US has only strengthened their ability to derail broader Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “As long as Hamas controls Gaza, the US and Israel must engage with it,” writes Byman.

Kathleen McNamara

Kathleen McNamara on making the EU more democratic

SFS professor Kathleen McNamara co-wrote an essay for Foreign Affairs which advocates for a more flexible EU governance structure. McNamara and her co-author argue that the EU should accommodate varying sorts of membership according to the democratic preferences of each member-state.


Michael Green cautions against a pre-mature peace on the Korean Peninsula

Prof. Michael Green, Director of the Asian Studies Program at SFS, explains that recent positive signals from North Korea’s leadership have stoked euphoric hopes for a “peace mechanism” to encourage denuclearization of the peninsula. However, these hopes may only serve to undermine the presence of US forces without delivering real peace.

Abraham Newman

Abraham Newman says Trump Administration’s Unpredictable Sanctions Policies Undermine US Financial Primacy

SFS professor Abraham Newman has co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Post which suggests that President Trump’s inconsistent enforcement undermine the country’s global economic influence. “The United States is uniquely able to impose its will on foreign firms, but by behaving so unpredictably, it risks not only the U.S. sanctions regime but also the primacy of the U.S.-based financial infrastructure.”