In the News, October 26 - November 10, 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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October 26 – November 10, 2015


Media reports portraying Chinese land-grabbing in Africa are greatly exaggerated, argues Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative. China Daily, 11/10/2015.
 
In order for refugee influxes to economically benefit their host nations, Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones stresses the need to process and integrate refugees as quickly and efficiently as possible. Forex Alchemy, 11/10/2015.
 
Economic research on the Trans-Pacific Partnership by SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer is cited in an Australian news article, "Reaping the Benefits of a Bigger TPP." Business Spectator, 11/10/2015.
 
Before the White House can have constructive talks with Pakistan on its nuclear program, Pakistani leaders must demonstrate they are confronting anti-India terrorists based within their borders, argues Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey. The Cipher Brief, 11/9/2015.
 
Is the Keystone XL Pipeline finally dead? Not entirely, says Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies, but its defunct status has opened the door for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about climate change at the upcoming UN conference in Paris. CBC, 11/7/2015.
 

Why did State Department negotiators sign onto the Iran nuclear deal without securing the release of Americans imprisoned by the regime? While the efforts to free Americans detained in Iran must be continued, Dean Vali Nasr explains the passage of the historic deal hinges on limiting its scope to Iran's nuclear capabilities. MSNBC Morning Joe, 11/5/2015.
 
Prefacing the next White House visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer sees little room before the end of President Obama's term for renewed Israel-Palestine peace talks, but like many of his predecessors, he may try to make one last push for peace before leaving office. Voice of America, 11/5/2015.
 
In delivering this year's Coca-Cola World Fund lecture at Yale University, Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative, challenges the conventional wisdom on Chinese investments in Africa. MacMillan Report, 11/4/2015.
 
Research by the U.S.-Korea Institute on the growth of North Korean markets was cited in a story about one man's goal to bring soccer diplomacy to the 'hermit kingdom.' CNBC, 11/4/2015.
 
Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim appears on CCTV to discuss tri-lateral talks between Japan, China and South Korea. CCTV, 11/3/2015.
 
Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen encourages students to take a lesson from Shakespeare's Henry VIII on living and working in the "sea of glory" that is Washington politics. The American Interest, 11/3/2015.
 
The developing world applauds new aid pledges from China, but let's not yet call China a foreign aid superpower, explains Deborah Bräutigam, professor of international development and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative. The Guardian, 11/3/2015.

David Arase, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Resident Professor of International Politics, observes that smaller states such as Vietnam and the Philippines can increase their leverage in South China Sea territorial disputes through greater cooperation and by using legal means in concert to defend international norms. CogitASIA, 11/2/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer joins a panel to discuss the prospects of reaching a diplomatic solution for the Syrian civil war. KCRW Radio, 11/2/2015.
 
Kent Calder, director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, comments in The Japan News on the reopening of the Japan Business Federation's Washington office following a six year hiatus. The Japan News, 11/1/2015.
 
Harry Broadman, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, says when it comes to economic growth, India's Tortoise May Beat China's Hare. Forbes, 10/31/2015. 
 
Donald Jensen, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, writes in Newsweek that the U.S. "needs to take a tougher line with Putin." Newsweek, 10/31/2015.
 
European and Eurasian Studies Scholar-in-Residence James Mann reviews "Power Wars", a book by New York Times correspondent Charlie Savage chronicling the Obama administration's battles over national security laws and the legacy of the 2001 terrorist attacks. New York Times, 10/30/2015.
 
Author and Johns Hopkins SAIS Fellow Azar Nafisi is interviewed by the Baltimore Sun on the release of her fifth book, "The Republic of Imagination." Baltimore Sun, 10/30/2015.
 
Does China's new 'two-child policy' mean a baby boom is on the way for the world's most populous nation? Senior Adjunct Professor of China Studies Pieter Bottelier suggests that if past rule changes are any indication, the actual impact may be only marginal. The Washington Post, 10/30/2015.
 
Dean Vali Nasr is featured in "The Diplomat", an HBO documentary on the career and life of State Department official, Richard Holbrooke. San Francisco Gate, 10/30/2015.
 
As the number of American military advisers in Iraq continues to grow, the nature of the U.S. role in the fight against ISIS is unclear. Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer describes the need to "keep a light footprint" in combat operations. Voice of America, 10/29/2015.
 
Center for Strategic Studies Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin tells The Atlantic that American victory over ISIS is far from a foregone conclusion. A lasting resolution, the article states, may depend on empowering the Sunni minority in the governance of Iraq. The Atlantic, 10/29/2015.
 
Center for Transatlantic Relations Executive Director Daniel Hamilton is interviewed by the Russian International Affairs Council on the conflicting positions between Russia and western nations over actions in Syria and Ukraine. Russian International Affairs Council, 10/29/2015.
 
Touqir Hussain, senior visiting fellow in South Asia Studies and a former adviser to the Pakistani prime minister, writes on what was accomplished during Pakistan Premier Sharif's White House visit. The Diplomat, 10/29/2015.
 
Korea Studies student Kyu Seok Shim discusses state control over history textbooks in South Korea—a sharply divisive issue with a long political legacy. The Diplomat, 10/29/2015.
 
According to a report by the U.S.-Korea Institute, North Korea may be refurbishing a major uranium refinement facility. Deutsche Welle, 10/29/2015.
 
In his column in The American Interest, Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen discusses opportunities for reforming the Department of Defense to better meet today's global challenges facing the United States. The American Interest, 10/28/2015.
 
The third India-Africa Forum Summit coincides with a wave of China fatigue sweeping the African continent and represents a window of opportunity for greater Indian engagement, doctoral student Constantino Xavier argues. Foreign Policy, 10/28/2015.
 
Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute reveals that the secretive North Korean government has installed new statues of leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Pyongyang's Natural Sciences Complex. United Press International, 10/28/2015.
 
In an article in The Washington Post on coup d’etat rumors and Xi’s tightening control over military and security forces, China Studies Director David M. Lampton argued, “We haven’t seen this level of uncertainty generated by the system for the last 40 years.” The Washington Post, 10/27/2015.
 
European and Eurasian Studies Director Erik Jones publishes a journal article offering "An Economics Window on an Interdisciplinary Crisis." Journal of European Integration, 10/27/2015.
 
Will a 2017 referendum move the UK to exit the European Union? Professor of History and International Studies Mark Gilbert says public opinion favors the Euroskeptics. Eutopia Magazine, 10/26/2015.