SFS welcomed back several of its distinguished graduates, alumae who were among the first women on the Hilltop. They shared their experiences as students at SFS, the obstacles they faced, and what they went on to do in their careers.
“Being an attorney is an honor and a privilege. People depend upon attorneys to help them with serious legal issues,” Remigio said in an interview with Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. “Diligence, hard work, developing skills, and experience are all necessary.”
Even though Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi has recently declared victory over the Islamic State after a three-year long war, professor Bruce Hoffman cautions that ISIS may fear now of becoming victims themselves and produce terrorist successors.
Laurence Stallings, who graduated with a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1922, turned his experience as a wounded veteran in the First World War into inspiration for a career as a renowned journalist, author, and playwright.
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.
Ambassador (ret.) Barbara Bodine argues that President Trump’s announcement on his plans to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will create a narrative of officially sanctioned Islamophobia. Bodine calls this recognition “a slap in the face” to U.S. allies in the region.
Professor Daniel Byman argues that al-Qaeda’s influence is in decline, partly due to U.S. efforts to isolate al-Qaeda in Syria. As the Islamic State gains more attention, funders are becoming less likely to support al-Qaeda and Syrian defection from al-Qaeda is one sign that the group is weakening.
Professor Dennis Ross explains that while Syria seems to be the only place Trump hasn’t tried to undo his predecessor’s policies, his plan to continue working with Russia in the region is misled in the Wall Street Journal.
Research associate Mathew Ha (MASIA’18) discloses the position that the U.S. took at the United Nations Security Council emergency meeting held in response to North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley argued to isolate and pressure North Korea by cutting diplomatic ties and banning the sale of oil.
Senior research fellow for the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown, Arsalan Iftikhar argues that President Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric evokes hatred and must be condemned.
Rebecca Kuang SFS ’18 was awarded the Marshall scholarship to spend the next two years studying in the UK where she will continue her Chinese studies and writing pursuits at the University of Cambridge. Aside from her scholarship, her historical fiction book about the atrocities that took place in China during World War II, The Poppy War will be published by HarperCollins in spring 2018.
Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift, joined Trae Stephens (SFS’06), partner at Founders Fund, to speak with Dean Hellman and a group of SFS students about their new startup and the growing importance of artificial intelligence in the national defense sector.
Professor Bruce Hoffman discusses international security and counterterrorism with The Hoya. He argues that the greatest security challenge of the 21st century is countering and preparing to defend against terrorism.
Professor Varun Sivaram spoke to PBS News Hour about the benefits of an off-grid solar system in Kenya. He argues that the system helps entrepreneurs and contributes to overall economic development.
On November 21, Ambassador Nancy McEldowney appeared on CNN to discuss dissent among U.S. diplomats over Tillerson’s decision to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
On November 8, 2017 the Mortara Center for International Studies awarded Dr. Jessica Stanton, Associate Professor at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize.
Professor Joanna Lewis commented on predictions that fossil fuel emissions will rise in 2017 and the growing importance of emissions trends in China, whose long-term trajectories are unclear, in the Washington Post.
GU Politics hosted the Clinton 25 symposium to reflect on President Clinton’s vision and presidency on the 25th anniversary of his election. The “Vision for the World” panel, moderated by SFS Dean Joel Hellman, was co-sponsored by the SFS.
Senior Aditya Pande, an International Economics major, met with his International Finance professor, Fuad Hasanov, in office hours. He left with a proposal to publish research with two Senior Economists at the IMF.
Tighe Flanagan (MAAS ’12) answered questions about his role at the Wikimedia Foundation where he helps educators and students around the world contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting.
Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization, remarks that separation of powers, toleration, and freedom of conscience originate from Protestant ideals in an essay for The Economist.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains why New York is still a prime target for terrorist groups more than 16 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Jesse Gibson traveled to Cochabamba with Fundación Alerta Verde and the Foundation for Sustainable Development and worked on a solar dehydrator project to address malnutrition in the community.
Pilar Guzman Zavala (MSFS’05) discusses the challenges of juggling being an entrepreneur and a mother, and urges women to ask for help when they need it, in the Miami Herald.
Baer Pettit (MSFS’87) has been announced as the new President of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools and services for global investors.
Professor Mark Jacobson explained that Russia has historically sought to undermine U.S. political cohesion by promoting extremism, from divisive Facebook posts during the 2016 election to the civil rights movement during the Cold War.
Professor Dennis Wilder, who formerly served on the National Security Council, discussed the importance of protocol, etiquette, and “face” in Asian cultures, advising Trump to refrain from confrontational tweeting during his upcoming diplomatic trip to Asia.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains that while there is no way to predict lone wolf terror attacks such as that in New York on October 31, there are lessons the U.S. can learn from Israel and Europe in preventing the attacks altogether.
Professor Daniel Byman explains President Trump’s call for changes to the U.S. visa system and methods to combat homegrown terrorism in the wake of the October 31st attack in New York City, on BBC World Service Newshour.
Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies, explains that terrorism is “a tool designed to achieve some form of political change by using violence, or at least the threat of violence, to do so.”