SFS Associate Professor Mark Jacobson commented on the Pentagon’s consideration of Minnesota as a possible location for the Army Futures Command. Jacobson says “it could be an opportunity for the department to build up in the Midwest.”
SFS professor Daniel Byman commented on the increase in counterterrorism investigations in recent years due in part to social media providing law enforcement with leads. “You have a lot of people bragging on social media and that comes to the attention of authorities,” says Byman.
Fr. Matthew Carnes, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at SFS, explains why candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is the current favorite win the Mexican presidency. “People are really frustrated that they haven’t seen the kind of growth and inclusion that they wanted,” says Fr. Carnes. “And now the policies he’s proposing are quite in opposition to what’s been happening.”
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, says that by leaving the Iran deal, President Trump believes he strengthens the position regarding North Korea as well. According to Cha, however, “it sends a clear message to the North Koreans that they have to do better than the Iran deal, the Iran deal is not good enough.”
A poll published April 30 by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding shows only 13 percent of Muslims approve of the Trump administration. Professor John Esposito, founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, says that the results were indicative of the broader impact the administration has on our society.
Ariane Tabatabai, SFS Professor, says that with John Bolton as President Trump’s new national security advisor, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran may have a new source of support in the White House. Tabatabai says, “The MEK now has a direct channel to the highest levels of decision-making in the United States, which is not something they had previously.”
SFS Professor of History Michael David-Fox, expert in Russian history, weighed in on a Wyoming gubernatorial candidate’s statement about Russian revolutionary and Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. He contested the idea that Lenin was a gun-control advocate and advocated for disabusing people of the notion of God.
Asian Studies Director Michael Green said he “would not recommend Trump to meet Kim at all”. “I would like to see North Korea take concrete actions. If they do, then allow the regime to have a summit with the US president, because they want the summit. So I would make them pay for it,” added Green.
CEGES Director Jeffrey Anderson said for MSN that “in terms of symbolic politics [Macron] is regarded as the driver in Europe, as the leader, and also I would say, here in the United States.”