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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
SFS professor Shireen Hunter suggests that Iran needs to come to terms with the unfavorable realities on international relations post-US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. She says that the Iranian government should liberalize policies to spur national growth.