In The News, February 25 - March 9, 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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February 25 – March 9, 2016
American Foreign Policy Professor John Harper said Britain’s exit from the European Union would "definitely strain the relationship with the U.S." since both countries traditionally align in economic and political matters. Deutsche Welle 3/8/2016 

A report released by the U.S.-Korea Institute indicated new activity at a North Korea satellite launch station that could be preparations for a rocket-engine test. Reuters 3/7/2016

SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer estimated that India’s exclusion from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could result in a trade loss of $2.7 billion annually. The Malaysian Insider 3/7/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the Iranian elections were "a referendum on engaging the world and building on a nuclear deal." CNN Fareed Zakaria GPS 3/6/2016

Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands said President Barack Obama will aim for a "clearing of the slate" over the Keystone XL pipeline battle when the Canadian prime minister visits the U.S. next week. The Hill 3/5/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit said countries often "press the sanctions button and pretend that's a strategy," when it should be a part of a larger plan. The Associated Press 3/4/2016

Director of the Latin American Studies Program Riordan Roett said Brazil will face "an escalation of tension once again" amid corruption allegations involving former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bloomberg 3/4/2016

China Studies Visiting Scholar Pieter Bottelier said despite China’s economic slowdown, it "continues to be the best performing large economy in the world." China Daily 3/4/2016

European and Eurasian Studies Director Erik Jones said the European Union should give "strategic priority to a deep and lasting economic recovery." EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion 3/4/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said diplomat Richard Holbrooke was the only U.S. statesman "willing to take the risk of owning reconciliation" with the Taliban. Serial 3/3/2016 

The U.S.-Korea Institute reported China will most likely continue to be the weak link in implementing sanctions on North Korea. Voice of America 3/3/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Director Jae Ku said the existence of Japanese military sex slave camps during World War II is "still a modern tragedy and a human rights crisis." The Philippine Daily Inquirer 3/3/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim said diplomatic relations between South Korea and China have led to unprecedented developments and dialogue to address nuclear weapons. World Insight CCTV 3/2/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said a decrease in violence in Syria is largely because its government "seems to be content with the territory they have already taken." Sputnik 3/2/2016

Bologna Institute for Policy Research Director Filippo Taddei said addressing a bank’s sovereign debt with a regulatory change "is really thinking about the symptoms rather than the cause of the illness.Bloomberg News 3/1/2016

Eunjung Lim said most American policymakers view South Korea and Japan as "two of the closest and strongest allies of the United States." Good Morning Seoul 3/1/2016

Christopher Sands said presidential contender Donald Trump is bringing "people to the polls that never voted in Republican primaries or caucuses before." CTV News 2/29/2016

Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil said Iranians are nervous about the American election and foresee "less warmth coming out of Washington towards Iran." CNBC News 2/29/2016

Pieter Bottelier said Chinese policymakers "have been poor in communicating their objectives and intentions" to investors in international markets. World Economic Forum 2/29/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin said Russia is concerned about "further breakup of the North Caucasus under jihadist pressure." Asia Times 2/29/2016

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs said Britain’s exit from the European Union could destabilize the EU, "create chaos across international financial markets," and damage the British economy. Foreign Affairs 2/28/2016

Sanam Vakil said Iranian hardliners "question overreliance on Western companies" and would like to see more investments in the Iranian economy from Chinese, Russian, and East Asian companies. BBC World News Report 2/26/2016

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin said the end results of the Syrian war “will set precedents for governance, great power influence, and sectarian relationships” across the region. The Cipher Brief 2/25/2016