The Brief, February 2017

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February 13, 2017 
 
 
U.S. Immigration Ban Aftermath

U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, an action experts said could alter U.S. foreign and domestic relations.

Dean Vali Nasr told The New York Times it will be difficult for allies from the banned countries to cooperate with the United States when they feel humiliated. "We are fighting a war with the Iraqis, against ISIS. How can we fight with them when the message from the White House is discriminatory?" Read more

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin, providing testimony to the Congressional Committee on Armed Services, said the executive order may serve as a propaganda tool for rebels because "almost everything we do gives the Islamic extremists ammunition." Watch here

Director of Strategic Studies Eliot Cohen told NPR’s All Things Considered that he supports controlled U.S. borders and careful vetting of immigrants but, "you don’t do it in this way that’s going to disrupt lots of people’s lives. The way you handle things can be absolutely as important, or indeed more important, than the things you actually do." Hear more

Analysis by Director of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer in Lawfare noted the ban's potential to alienate and exclude Muslims, who may eventually be allowed back into the U.S. "after long and entirely unnecessary delays that put their lives at increased risk." Read more

Read responses from university leaders President Ronald J. DanielsProvost Sunil Kumar, and Dean Vali Nasr regarding this executive order.


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