In the News, December 11 - December 29, 2015


‘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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December 11 – December 29, 2015

Will China’s new Silk Road be cut off in modern-day Turkey as its ancient trade route was 600 years ago? Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin considers how Ankara and Beijing may work together to forge an increasingly multi-polar, post-western new world order. Asia Times, 12/29/2015.
ISIS is an especially difficult enemy to fight because it has six things al-Qaeda never had, says John McLaughlin, distinguished practitioner-in-residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies., 12/28/2015.
SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer expects the ringgit to drop to a new low on currency exchanges next year, but the Malaysian economy should also be one of the biggest winners of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact in 2016. The Star, 12/28/2015.
Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands comments on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and how leading candidates could change the U.S-Canada relationship. The Ottawa Citizen, 12/26/2015.
The newly published 18th volume from the historical archives of Winston Churchill reveal him as an incredible “warrior for the working day,” writes Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen. The American Interest, 12/24/2015.
Why are former Chinese leaders prevented from traveling overseas? China Studies Director David M. Lampton tells Foreign Policy that the rules governing elite ex-Politburo members are unclear. Foreign Policy, 12/24/2015.
A new Libyan unity government was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council last week, but according to African Studies Lecturer Karim Mezran the government’s odds of gaining local acceptance and bringing order to Libya are not good. Voice of America, 12/24/2015.
North Korea has made design improvements to its long-range ballistic missile, which may increase its reliability but delay its deployment by a few years, according to the U.S.-Korea Institute. Stars and Stripes, 12/24/2015.
It is encouraging that top delegates from China and South Korea recently met to discuss boundary disputes in the Yellow Sea, says Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim, even while resolution remains elusive. CCTV, 12/23/2015.
Infrastructure projects such as China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative are essential to the long term development of Central Asia, according to China Studies Visiting Scholar Pieter Bottelier. Beijing Review, 12/23/2015.
In the wake of Russian airstrikes that critics say killed civilians in Syria, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer argues that Moscow “just doesn’t worry as much about hitting civilians [in Syria] as Americans do.” Voice of America, 12/23/2015.
Alumna Robyn Mak '11 writes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to leap the Great Firewall in China. Reuters, 12/22/2015.
The UAE-China trade relationship, already one of the fastest-growing in the world, just got deeper with the announcement of a $10 billion joint investment fund, writes Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi. Foreign Policy Institute, 12/22/2015.
Does North Korea have a hydrogen bomb? Not yet, according to U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit, but it is on track to achieve its goal by 2020. The Korea Times, 12/22/2015.
International Economics and International Relations alumnus Shaun Kirkpatrick '92, president of biotechnologies for Research Corporation Technologies, receives the Findlay E. Russell Distinguished Citizen Award. Inside Tucson Business, 12/22/2015.
Alumnus James Berner '96 is promoted to managing director at global private equity and infrastructure investment firm, First Reserve. First Reserve website, 12/21/2015.
Alumnus, former prime minister of Iceland and current ambassador to the U.S., Geir H. Haarde '75 and his wife are profiled for “Icelanders Navigate Ups and Downs of Politics.” The Washington Diplomat, 12/21/2015.
President Obama continues to avoid military intervention to resolve the Syrian civil war, a position that Dean Vali Nasr argues sets the president apart from other foreign policy leaders in the Democratic party. The New Yorker, 12/21/2015.
Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Michael Brenner psychoanalyzes President Obama’s foreign policy choices, finding problems in each of the id, ego and super-ego influences. Huffington Post, 12/21/2015.
Senior Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Keaney and Senior Research Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Mahnken provide commentary on Air Power and Naval Warfare for a series, "Preparing Today's Military for Tomorrow's Wars." The Cipher Brief, 12/20/2015.
Analyses by European and Eurasian Studies Program Scholar-in-Residence James Mann and Dean Vali Nasr are cited in a critique of the foreign policy-making process of the Obama White House. The Diplomat, 12/19/2015.
Alumnus Orlando Loera '74 reviews debt restructuring options at Mexican construction company Empresas ICA SAB. Wall Street Journal, 12/18/2015.
Recent moves to liberalize gas markets in Latvia are threatening the nation’s energy security, according to Gunda Reire, resident Fulbright research fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and András Simonyi, Center for Transatlantic Relations managing director. Huffington Post, 12/18/2015.
The Aspen Strategy Group releases its latest book, “Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East,” featuring chapters by leading experts on American foreign policy, including Dean Vali Nasr. PR Newswire, 12/17/2015.
According to alumnus Tremayne Gibson '14, 2015 will go down as a “Pivotal Year for China’s Cyber Armies.” The Diplomat, 12/17/2015.
A hydrogen bomb seven times the power of the 1945 Hiroshima blast could be within North Korea’s grasp by 2020, warns U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit. The Telegraph, 12/17/2015.
China's internet forum may provide a peek at its cyber ambitions, according to alumnus Anthony Kuhn '92. NPR, 12/17/2015.
Turning away vulnerable Syrian refugees is the wrong response to terror attacks in America, argues Center for Transatlantic Relations Managing Director András Simonyi. NewsMax The Hard Line, 12/17/2015.  
Alumnus Ishida Takeyuki '99 describes the increasing influence of shareholders in Japanese corporate governance. Nippon, 12/17/2015.
A new interactive feature from the Council on Foreign Relations, “Infoguide: The Eastern Congo,” includes contributions by African Studies Adjunct Lecturer Mvemba Dizolele. Council on Foreign Relations, 12/17/2015.
Resident Professor of International Law Roda Mushkat is interviewed by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center blog on her areas of research, teaching styles and the benefits of studying in Nanjing. HNC Blog, 12/17/2015.
Some experts would have you believe North Korea is too backward and unsophisticated to develop a hydrogen bomb, however, the U.S.-Korea Institute points out this is precisely why it aspires to achieve one. The Diplomat, 12/16/2016.
Master of Arts candidate Alex Simon '17 co-authors an op-ed contending that western powers cannot play a positive role in shaping the Middle East until they acknowledge their past history of failures throughout the region. The Arabist, 12/16/2015.
If NATO fails to approve Montenegro’s membership bid, it will give Moscow an opening to further destabilize the Balkan region, argues Edward Joseph, senior fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Foreign Affairs, 12/15/2015.
To pursue its potential as an energy superpower, Canada needs to adjust to shrinking U.S. demand for petroleum and find new buyers for its fuels, according to Master of Arts candidate Jesse Barnett '17 and Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands. C2C Journal, 12/15/2015.
Securing the cooperation of Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the key to defeating ISIS, according to Dean Vali Nasr. MSNBC Morning Joe, 12/15/2015.
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky says the Federal Reserve has carefully foreshadowed its intent to raise interest rates in advance of the Open Market Committee meeting. CNN Quest Means Business, 12/15/2015.
Since launching in 2010, the U.S.-Korea Institute’s blog, 38 North, has become one of the most respected sources of news and analysis on the reclusive nation of North Korea. Johns Hopkins Magazine, 12/15/2015.
In pressuring Turkey to be the gatekeeper holding back Syrian refugees from entering the EU, European nations are burdening one of their most problematic and vulnerable neighbors, according to alumnus Emiliano Alessandri '05. German Marshall Fund of the U.S., 12/14/2015.
Critics of the White House’s strategy to combat ISIS, including European and Eurasian Studies Program Scholar-in-Residence James Mann, argue the president is fighting the PR war at home harder than he is the actual military campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Politico, 12/14/2015.
Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Michael Brenner argues that rather than meaningfully engage in the fight against ISIS, President Obama is trying to run out the clock by clinging to fanciful, unrealistic hopes for forging a coalition response to the conflict. Huffington Post, 12/14/2015.
Calling the Iran nuclear deal “one of the most deficient arms control agreements in history,” Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen and Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence Eric Edelman contend that U.S. policy toward Iran must recognize that as a revolutionary regime, the Islamic Republic is fundamentally different than a rational, self-interested state. Foreign Affairs, 12/14/2015.
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer looks back at the legacy of the Dayton Accords twenty years after the end of hostilities on the Balkan peninsula. Al Jazeera, 12/14/2015.
The U.S.-Korea Institute points to the possibility of membership in the newly created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a powerful incentive to make North Korea play nice with other nations. The Korea Observer, 12/14/2015.  
In labeling his GOP critics “neocons,” senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is alienating himself from the party establishment, according to Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen. National Review, 12/14/2015.
European and Eurasian Studies Visiting Scholar Sir Michael Leigh notes that a decade after joining the EU, Bulgaria and Romania still feel like second class citizens. EurActive, 12/14/2015.
How will the world economy be weaned off fossil fuels before it’s too late to avert a climate catastrophe? By financing a transition to a low-carbon economy, writes Irving Mintzer, visiting research scholar in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. France Stratégie, 12/11/2015.
Center for International Business and Public Policy Director Roger Leeds discusses the opportunities for established equity investors created by recent market corrections in the Chinese stock market.