In The News, May 2 - May 16, 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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May 2 – May 16, 2016

Southeast Asia Studies Visiting Scholar David I. Steinberg explained the ongoing transition in Myanmar from “quasi-military” rule to more democratic governance. Nikkei Asian Review 5/14/2016

International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam noted that recent studies examining investments from Brazil and China to Africa are useful for researchersSciDev.Net 5/14/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Managing Director András Simonyi noted the potential opportunities that may come from the U.S. president hosting a summit with leaders of Nordic countries. The Hill 5/13/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Abbas Kadhim explained why Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is regarded as one of the most powerful political leaders in Iraq. Al-Monitor 5/13/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Dennis Halpin discussed shared values in South Korea-China relations. Epoch Times 5/13/2016 

Director of Latin American Studies Riordan Roett explained how corruption investigations in Brazil may help to “further consolidate democracy” in the country.  Foreign Policy 5/12/2016

Riordan Roett said Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer is “fairly judicious” compared to his predecessor.  Bloomberg 5/12/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Donald Jensen wrote about the diplomatic skills of former Estonian President Lennart Meri that have influenced other leaders. The Huffington Post 5/12/2016

Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey wrote about the benefits and challenges of the China-Pakistan Economic CorridorCouncil on Foreign Relations 5/12/2016

Dean Vali Nasr explained why West African Shiites are important to Iran. The Wall Street Journal 5/11/2016

Riordan Roett discussed how Brazil’s economic instability has contributed to impeachment proceedings to remove President Dilma Rousseff. CBC News 5/11/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit said there are concerns about advancements in North Korea’s nuclear technology. The Korea Times 5/11/2016                        

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić is more interested in European integration than EU-Russia relations. B92 5/11/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Michael Madden described the new direction for North Korea following it’s Workers’ Party Congress. USA Today 5/10/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Harry Broadman wrote about the opportunity for the global economy to transform its infrastructure as OPEC's influence declines. Newsweek (Japan) 5/10/2016 

Middle East Studies Adjunct Professor Jean-François Seznec explained why OPEC member nations and major oil producers met to discuss a production freeze agreement. The Cipher Brief 5/10/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow David Satter’s book, The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin is called a “well-sourced account of two decades of criminal rule.” The Washington Times 5/8/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim noted that Kim Jong Un sought to solidify his leadership at North Korea’s Workers’ Party Congress.  World Insight CCTV 5/7/2016

Analysis by the U.S.-Korea Institute said North Korea may be preparing to carry out a fifth nuclear test. Reuters 5/6/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Researcher Curtis Melvin discussed Kim Jong Un’s limited public remarks at North Korea’s Workers' Party CongressAll Things Considered NPR 5/6/2016

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin wrote about five ways the Islamic State has grown into a greater threat than al-Qaida. OZY 5/6/2016

South Asia Studies Program Director Walter Andersen explained the influence of U.S. foreign policy on India-Pakistan peace talks. News India Times 5/6/2016

Joel Wit explained the technological advancements in North Korea's nuclear program and missiles development. CNN 5/5/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Assistant Director Jenny Town said sanctions against North Korea without a diplomatic track to follow have not changed North Korea’s behavior. The Heat CCTV America 5/5/2016

Joel Wit and Jenny Town explained how sanctions against North Korea will have minimal impact unless implemented differently. CNN 5/5/2016

Joel Wit and Michael Madden outlined what to expect at North Korea’s Workers’ Party Congress.  ABC News 5/4/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute reported that North Korea’s Workers’ Party Congress would be a good time for Kim Jong Un to “lead his country on the path of gradual but real reform.” The Los Angeles Times 5/4/2016

Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil explained some of the challenges Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faces to achieve economic reforms. Voice of America 5/4/2016

Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands wrote about ways the U.S. and Canada can coordinate defense and security capabilities. The Hill 5/4/2016 

Abbas Kadhim said the Obama administration wants to keep the situation in Iraq in “a manageable form” and hand to the next president. McClatchy DC 5/4/2016

Eunjung Lim said the South Korean president’s visit to Iran was an encouraging moment in diplomacy. World Insight CCTV 5/4/2016

Dean Vali Nasr discussed the entertainer Prince’s interest in foreign policy, and his financial involvement in diplomacy. The Hollywood Reporter 5/3/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed the redistribution of global political power. The American Interest 5/3/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin wrote about a series of American policy missteps that are detrimental to Christians in Syria. Asia Times 5/3/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim discussed political divisions that continue in Iraq. Politico 5/2/2016