In the News, November 25 - December 11, 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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November 25 – December 11, 2015
 
Asylum-seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border face deplorable conditions at family detention centers, according to alumna and immigration lawyer Jillian Blake (’06). The Hill, 12/10/2015. 
 
A report by the U.S.-Korea Institute projected North Korea may possess 100 nuclear weapons by 2020. The Daily Signal, 12/10/2015.  
 
Antony Beevor’s “Ardennes, 1944” brilliantly captures individual scenes of battle—the ambushes, fire fights, and tales of psychological collapse and superhuman courage—within one of the darkest chapters of World War II, according to Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen. New York Times, 12/9/2015.
 
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin laid out a three-part plan for ending ISIS. Ozy, 12/9/2015.
 
Dean Vali Nasr joined WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for a discussion on the intertwining geopolitics of Syria. WBEZ Radio, 12/9/2015.
 
Russia opposes Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, but Moscow’s belligerent behavior on the world stage is the clearest rationale for enlarging NATO, wrote Michael Haltzel, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Huffington Post, 12/8/2015.
 
Research by Assistant Professor of International Development Daniel Honig showing substantially higher project success rates among locally owned compacts is cited in testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations urging for decentralized decision-making at the Millennial Challenge Corporation. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 12/8/2015.
 
Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey testified before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 12/8/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer commented on the remarkable progress to integrate the Balkan states in European and trans-Atlantic structures over the past 20 years. RTK (Radio Television Kosovo), 12/8/2015.
 
A nuclear deal with Pakistan would be ill-timed and counterproductive, Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey told Congress. NDTV, 12/8/2015.
 
How close is North Korea to developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile? Perhaps closer than previously thought, warned the U.S.-Korea Institute. Voice of America, 12/8/2015.
 
China’s announcement last week of $60 billion in new aid and interest-free loans to support projects in Africa represents a growing Chinese financial commitment on the African continent, said Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative. EJinsight.com, 12/8/2015.
 
According to David I. Steinberg, visiting scholar in the Southeast Asian Studies program, tension between the ruling military generals in Myanmar and newly elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi may have her feeling like a “tender gourd in Myanmar’s cactus garden.” Nikkei Asian Review, 12/8/2015.
 
Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen asserted that “History Doesn’t Take Sides” and that President Obama should stop invoking history as a way to avoid hard truths. The American Interest, 10/7/2015.
 
Walter Andersen, director of the South Asia Studies program, discussed rising political movements in India and claims of intolerance. Scroll, 12/6/2015.
 
As self-radicalized extremists within the United States become an increasing threat, counterterrorism will need to be a local community priority, said Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies Seth Jones. New England Public Radio, 12/6/2015.
 
Professor of International Development and Director of the China-Africa Research Initiative Deborah Brautigam broke down the Chinese financial commitments announced at the Forum for China-Africa Co-operation Summit. The Citizen, 12/5/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Thomas Mahnken has been announced as the new president and chief executive officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. CSBA Online, 12/4/2015. 
 
China has announced $60 billion in new financial commitments in Africa, but the figure should be taken with an extra grain of salt, wrote Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative. Foreign Policy, 12/4/2015.
 
Associate Practitioner-in-Residence in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program Celeste Connors was profiled for a feature on top climate change thinkers and doers. Origin Magazine, 12/1/2015. 
 
Writing with IMF Executive Director Otaviano Canuto, doctoral candidate Cornelius Fleischhaker reviewed Columbia’s economic success during years of war and considers what it could achieve given years of peace. Huffington Post, 12/3/2015.
 
A report by the U.S.-Korea Institute suggested North Korea is digging a new tunnel for nuclear tests. CNBC, 12/3/2015.
 
China Studies Director David M. Lampton warned that the Sino-U.S. relationship appears to be drifting away from partnership and cooperation to mistrust and deterrence. Global Times, 12/3/2015.
 
Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Federiga Bindi said “the EU is desperate to keep immigrants outside its borders, which essentially means keeping them in Turkey.” Strategic Europe, 12/2/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger shared steps Washington and San Juan can take to put Puerto Rico back on the road to solvency. Politico, 12/1/2015.
 
Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Edward Joseph said Russia may be willing to destabilize Montenegro to prevent it from entering NATO. Radio Free Europe, 12/1/2015.
 
Kurt Volker, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations discussed terrorism and the barriers to U.S.-Russia cooperation on the Syrian civil war. Radio Free Europe, 12/1/2015.
 
Assistant Professor of Conflict Management Siniša Vuković co-authored a paper, “After the Iran Nuclear
Deal: Europe’s Pain and Gain.” Washington Quarterly, 12/1/2015.  
 
Without decisive action in Mesopotamia, which the U.S. has no volition to provide, Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen said ISIS will continue to fester. The American Interest, 11/30/2015.
 
Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey argued that armed confrontation between China and India is a low probability but high risk contingency worth examining. The Diplomat, 11/30/2015.
 
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi said the United Arab Emirates “has emerged as the single most important hub of the New Silk Road.” Zocalo Public Square, 11/30/2015.
 
The populist left is “marching out the door” throughout South America, said Latin American Studies Program Director Riordan Roett. The Washington Post, 11/30/2015.
 
Professor of International Development and Director of the China-Africa Research Initiative Deborah Bräutigam noted China’s interest in Robert Mugabe’s succession planning for Zimbabwe, adding, “change is going to be happening … and fairly soon.” Wall Street Journal, 11/30/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer contended that the United States has long “regarded Libya as a European responsibility.” USA Today, 11/30/2015.
 
Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative, discussed Chinese investments in Africa and opportunities for the U.S. and China to work together on African trade. The Cipher Brief, 11/29/2015.
 
SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer commented on how the ASEAN trade pact will balance the economic power of China and India. Filipino Express, 11/29/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer remarked on the legacy of the Dayton Accords and the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oslobodjenje, 11/28/2015.
 
Alumna Christie Caldwell (’00) commented on the glass ceiling that makes it difficult for women in Asia-Pacific-based corporations to rise above the director level. The CEO Magazine, 11/26/2015.
 
As the U.S. and China continue their ambitious space exploration programs, the two governments have set up a direct hotline to avoid operational conflicts. Establishing the basic rules of the road is key, said Bruce MacDonald, professorial lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. Christian Science Monitor, 11/25/2015.
 
Center for Transatlantic Relations Director Daniel Hamilton wrote that France has emerged as America’s essential European partner in the fight against ISIS. CNN, 11/25/2015.
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is often credited for rekindling the optimistic spirit that characterized his father’s governments, but an under-appreciated quality the two Trudeau’s share is resolute toughness in response to terrorism, wrote Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands. The Cipher Brief, 11/25/2015.