Last week, Poland’s president signed a law that would punish anyone who suggests Poland was complicit in the Holocaust. Professor Anna Sommer Schneider, who gives tours of Auschwitz, discusses the law and its implications with NPR.
“He agreed to a draconian one-third cut to our budget, he implemented a hiring freeze with an indefinite duration, he refused to allow people to transfer from one job to another,” Ambassador Nancy McEldowney told the BBC. “He cut himself off from the people and the normal processes of the department.”
“At the expert level, there’s something of a bipartisan and international consensus that we do need to fix the [Iran] deal in the next couple of years,” Professor Matthew Kroenig said. “If these limits just expire we’re in real trouble and Iran will have a rapid path towards nuclear weapons capability.”
In a discussion hosted by the International Institue for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.
Professor Anthony Clark Arend, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Affairs, spoke with Carol Castiel from Encounter on Voice of America about what 2017 meant for U.S. foreign policy and what challenges are in store for 2018.
John Desrocher (SFS’86), current U.S. ambassador to Algeria, says his decision to pursue a career in public service started at Georgetown. “When I got to college and started studying, the interest grew.”
Jeffrey Anderson, Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, spoke with MPR news about German politics and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to build a coalition.
“What’s probably not appreciated is that Bangladesh itself has a lot of violence,” Professor C. Christine Fair told Lawfare. “All of the political parties have these thug-like gangs that kill people for political objectives.”
Professor Matthew Kroenig argues that the world is a safer place with U.S. nuclear weapons in response to the Nobel Peace Prize that will go to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization that supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
“The main problem with our diplomacy and our foreign policy right now is Donald Trump,” said Amb. Nancy McEldowney, Director of the MSFS Program, in an interview with WBUR’s On Point “No one can be an effective secretary of state for Donald Trump.”
Students in SFS Professor James Koehler’s class “Energy Sector: Structure, Markets and Regulation” debated the central factors determining oil demand and whether demand for crude oil will peak in 2030.
Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, spoke with NPR’s WBUR on Secretary Tillerson’s intentional dismantling of the State Department. “When you undermine America’s diplomatic capability, you’re actually putting our country at risk,” says McEldowney.