In The News, April 14 - May 3, 2016


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‘In the News’ is a roundup of recent media coverage featuring the Johns Hopkins SAIS community and is produced and distributed several times a month by the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives.

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April 14 – May 3, 2016

International Development Adjunct Lecturer Monica Baumgarten de Bolle explained why corruption investigations and impeachment votes in Brazil impact the U.S. The Diane Rehm Show WAMU 5/3/2016 

Southeast Asia Studies Visiting Scholar Marvin C. Ott explained the potential for regional conflict over the Mekong RiverSoutheast Asia Globe 5/3/2016 

Professor of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum is cited for describing how U.S. foreign policy failed when the U.S. became concerned with internal politics of other countriesThe Straits Times 5/2/2016

Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil said Iran’s next parliament is going to be more favorable to Iran's president and less combative. Radio Sputnik 5/1/2016

Sanam Vakil also explained how Iran’s next parliament may impact the country’s social and cultural reformsReuters 4/30/2016
SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer wrote the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strongly benefit its poorest membersVox CEPR’s Policy Portal 4/30/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi discussed the Syrian conflict, global climate change, and killings in BangladeshThe Heat CCTV America 4/29/2016

European and Eurasian Studies Adjunct Lecturer Matteo Garavoglia said Europe will have to secure its borders before creating a comprehensive asylum policyForeign Affairs 4/29/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Michael Madden said North Korea's Workers' Party Congress is an opportunity for Kim Jong Un to press a reset button on political cultureCNN 4/28/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer discussed U.S.-Kurdish relations following an announcement of U.S. financial aid to anti-ISIS Kurdish military forces. Inside America Rudaw 4/28/2016

A report by the Nigeria Social Violence Project of the African Studies Program is cited for investigating why people join the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram. The Washington Post 4/27/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the primary problem for the U.S. in the Middle East is the extremism and violence of ISIS and al-QaedaAll Things Considered NPR 4/27/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Assistant Director Jenny Town said an economic policy announcement is expected to come out of North Korea's Workers' Party CongressCNN 4/27/2016

Michael Madden explained what to expect on the agenda at the Workers' Party CongressThe Los Angeles Times 4/27/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit wrote about the history of U.S. efforts to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons programForeign Policy 4/27/2016

Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands wrote about how U.S.-Canadian relations pertain to the U.S. presidential electionInside Policy 4/27/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Nicole De Paula shared 10 lessons in a policymakers' guide on how to scale up renewablesEnergy Post 4/27/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim discussed the history of the joint U.S.-South Korea military drill and how this relationship may help deter the next North Korean nuclear test. World Insight CCTV 4/26/2016

Daniel Serwer wrote that Americans think extremists will thrive until Middle Eastern countries learn to govern in more orderly, inclusive, and open waysFortune 4/25/2016

Southeast Asia Studies Visiting Scholar David I. Steinberg explained why U.S. sanctions on Myanmar may have stalled a successful transition from military to civilian ruleNikkei Asian Review 4/25/2016

International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam said the economic slowdown in China is beneficial for African manufacturingThe Economist Intelligence Unit 4/25/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Executive Director Daniel Hamilton commented on the history of U.S.-European relations as President Barack Obama focuses his attention on the continent. Politico 4/24/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said China is replacing America in economic relations with the Middle EastNewsweek Pakistan 4/23/2016

European and Eurasian Studies Adjunct Professor Dana Allin said the U.S. is absolutely bewildered about the proposal for
Great Britain to leave the European Union
The Economist 4/23/2016

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Chairman S. Frederick Starr reviewed "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," a book about the Eurasian landmass. The Washington Post 4/22/2016

Daniel Serwer explained some of the challenges that have impacted Iraq including the fight against ISIS, falling oil prices and Sunni discontentInternational Business Times 4/22/2016

Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones said the prospect of a British exit from the EU is the greatest threat to financial stability in Europe. Marketplace 4/22/2016

Daniel Serwer said civilian capabilities in the Middle East, not the U.S. military, have the best chance of serving the remaining American interests across the region. Real Clear World 4/22/2016

Dean Vali Nasr explained how President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton differ in American foreign policyThe New York Times 4/21/2016

Michael Mandelbaum is cited for describing how U.S. foreign policy during the post-Cold War era focused on transforming the internal arrangements of other countriesThe Washington Post 4/21/2016

Daniel Hamilton said the German public has become accustomed to a post-Cold War frame of mind of a peaceful, democratic, and secure Europe as its chancellor faces criticism related to the refugee crisis. Bloomberg 4/21/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim discussed mistrust in U.S.-Saudi relationsPBS NewsHour 4/21/2016

Director of the Latin American Studies Riordan Roett said even if the Brazilian president avoids impeachment, she will be a figurehead or lame duck president with little influence in Brazilian politicsAl-Ahram Weekly 4/21/2016

Conflict Management Assistant Professor Siniša Vuković wrote that implementation of the Iran nuclear deal will represent the true measure of cooperation between Iran and world leaders. APPS Policy Forum 4/21/2016

Erik Jones wrote that a proposal by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of Ministers to reduce bank exposure to their sovereigns is a bait and switchEuro Insight 4/21/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute reported satellite images show that North Korea may have resumed tunnel excavation at its main nuclear test site.  Reuters 4/20/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said U.S. concerns in the Middle East include preventing nuclear proliferation and maintaining access to the region’s oilBreaking Energy 4/20/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said no U.S. relationship has shifted more fundamentally during President Barack Obama's tenure than the one with Saudi ArabiaThe Los Angeles Times 4/20/2016

Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey analyzed the Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan over the last 15 years and current advances in the Helmand province. The Cipher Brief 4/20/2016

Daniel Serwer said President Barack Obama’s "no boots on the ground" policy is clearly over as he authorizes more troops in IraqAnadolu Agency 4/20/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said U.S.-Saudi relations have changed as the U.S. becomes more energy independentCNN 4/19/2016

Daniel Serwer said the Syrian regime and main opposition group have to be convinced that a political outcome is better than continued violence in Syria. Voice of America 4/19/2016

Sanam Vakil said foreign investments in Iran are real and tangible because Iran is open for business, despite remaining sanctions. Agence France-Presse 4/19/2016

European Studies Adjunct Professor Christopher Chivvis wrote that a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council could be a mistake if Russia uses the opportunity to undermine allied solidarity. The Rand Blog 4/19/2016

Strategic Studies Program Director Eliot A. Cohen said many military generals would like to be promoted to president, but do not want to go through the process and scrutiny of a campaign. Foreign Policy 4/18/2016

Director of China Studies David M. Lampton discussed social and political changes in China over the last 35 yearsChina Daily 4/18/2016

Resident Professor of Political Science Adam K. Webb said building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border would be an immensely unpopular expense for the country. The National Memo 4/18/2016

Christopher Chivvis wrote that NATO may slip into strategic irrelevance if it fails to respond to terrorism and the ongoing influx of migrantsForeign Affairs 4/17/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Zbigniew Brzezinski shared five reasons for emerging redistribution of global political power, and why the U.S. must lead in realigning the architecture. The American Interest 4/17/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute reported new activity at a North Korea nuclear complex site, suggesting that reprocessing may have begun to produce more plutonium for atomic bombs. Reuters 4/15/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim discussed how South Korea is impacted by new Japanese security lawsThe Heat CCTV America 4/15/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said U.S. presidencies post-Cold War took on internal politics such as humanitarianism and nation building, but should have focused on other countries’ external behavior. Foreign Affairs 4/14/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said the pursuit of peace in U.S. foreign policy has diverted attention from the real cause of a conflict. Commentary Magazine 4/14/2016