In The News, February 1 - February 16, 2016




‘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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February 1 – February 16, 2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit said an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council is a “signal to China that what North Korea does has real consequences,” including for Beijing's own security interests. Leader Call 2/16/2016
 
SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer predicted the Trans-Pacific Partnership will increase real incomes after 15 years, and will have a relatively insignificant cost to employment. Live Mint 2/16/2016

International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam said “food security is always a politically important
goal
” for China after its multi-billion-dollar bid for a Swiss agricultural company. Foreign Policy 2/15/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said the Syrian deal between the U.S., Russia and Iran lacks a neutral party for implementation and is likely to last only a few weeks. Anadolu Agency 2/15/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Executive Director Daniel S. Hamilton said most in the Washington policy community believe it would be bad for Britain to withdraw from the EU. Politico 2/15/2016

Joel Wit warned that China could retaliate if its banks are cut out of the U.S. financial system, in a U.S. effort to have tougher sanctions against North Korea. The Diplomat 2/12/2016

International Politics Resident Professor David Arase said the US-ASEAN Summit is “a logical consequence of U.S. strategic re-balancing towards Asia.” Deutsche Welle 2/12/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim said China is “the biggest player” in designing sanctions against North Korea to rebuke nuclear weapons. World Insight CCTV 2/12/2016

Professor of the Practice of International Development Brian Levy wrote that a messy implementation of “Obamacare” was inevitable because of technical glitches and Washington’s politically toxic environment. People, Spaces, Deliberation blog via The World Bank 2/11/2016

Director of Latin American Studies Riordan Roett said budget problems and congressional battles amid the Zika outbreak continue to leave Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff politically vulnerable. Bloomberg 2/11/2016

Deborah Bräutigam said the congressional battle over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank partially delayed progress of the Power Africa initiative. PolitiFact 2/11/2016

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Research Director Mamuka Tsereteli wrote that Russia should consider radical internal reforms that can implement rule of law and facilitate economic developmentThe Cipher Brief 2/10/2016

Michael G. Plummer said the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will “raise U.S. wages, but is not projected to change U.S. employment levels.” Project Syndicate 2/10/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Director Carla Freeman wrote the U.S. should respond to the threat of nuclear weapons with open bilateral talks with North KoreaChina File 2/10/2016

Energy, Resources and Environment Program Professorial Lecturer Bruce MacDonald said China’s growing space capabilities will urge the U.S. to step up its space measures to ensure military and economic needs. The Cipher Brief 2/9/2016

Strategic Studies Program Director Eliot A. Cohen said the next U.S. president will inherit challenges including the rise of China and chronic war with jihadis. The American Interest 2/9/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Abbas Kadhim said Wahhabi followers saw “an opportunity in Iraq and Syria to rid the area of Christians” throughout the Iraqi conflict. National Catholic Register 2/9/2016 

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin wrote the global community should seek a collective political solution to de-escalate the Syrian conflict. Asia Times 2/9/2016

Michael G. Plummer said Brunei is projected to have significant gains in gross domestic product from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Brunei Times 2/9/2016

Alumnus Heru Prama Yuda '14 said although Indonesian President Joko Widodo is confident in how Indonesia is fighting terrorism, “regional frameworks in intelligence sharing and counterterrorism operations desperately need a boost.” The Jakarta Post 2/9/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said “the violence in Iraq is similar to the violence seen during the Partition of India.” Indo-Asian News Service 2/8/2016 

Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila N. Chaudhary said the U.S. has an opportunity to play “the observer role” in a South Asian conversation about terrorism and security following the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The New York Times 2/8/2016

Visiting Scholar David I. Steinberg said a suspended dam project between Myanmar and China violates “a core symbol of local ethnic and Burmese nationalism” and likely faces protest from environmental groups. Nikkei Asian Review 2/8/2016

Corporations can improve Nigerian girls’ school attendance by reducing economic stress on poor households through financial support, wrote alumna Talya Wyzanski ’14Huffington Post 2/8/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said North Korea’s testing of rockets through satellite launches would provide invaluable data for potential future inter-continental ballistic missiles. CNN, 2/7/2016.  

Eunjung Lim said North Korea’s missile technology has failed in the past but certainly has developed, which implies their “strong will is never actually disappearing.” CCTV 2/6/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said North Korea appears to have brought in fuel in preparation for a rocket launch it plans to conduct in defiance of international sanctions. The Associated Press 2/5/2016

Michael G. Plummer said Korea’s exclusion from the TPP will “erode that country's advantage in U.S. markets.” The Korea Times 2/5/2016

While examining the meaning of the Super Bowl, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum wrote that football is a small-scale, restrained, relatively (but not entirely) safe version of warfare. The American Interest 2/5/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said increased vehicle activity has been detected around North Korea’s rocket launch site where the various stages of a rocket are received. The New York Times 2/4/2016

Daniel Serwer said obstacles that prevent reviving Iranian-U.S. relations include a lack of diplomatic ties and American distrust of the Iranian courts and political system. Trend News Agency 2/4/2016

Deborah Bräutigam argued that construction of a China military outpost in Djibouti could help the small nation become “Africa’s Singapore.” International Business Times 2/4/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the international community should establish policies that help bring about ceasefire and a new political process in Syria. World Affairs 2/4/2016

Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics Carlos A. Vegh said that procyclical fiscal policy is arguably the main challenge faced by developing countries. The National Bureau of Economic Research 2/2/2016

Eliot A. Cohen said U.S. response to Syrian opposition did huge damage to the country’s credibility and the “failure to exercise leadership” worsened circumstances. The National Review 2/1/2016

Shamila N. Chaudhary said the U.S. should develop a foreign policy for South Asia that utilizes private diplomacy between India and Pakistan. The Cipher Brief 2/1/2016