In the News: April 18–May 3, 2019

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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 by the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives.


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April 18–May 3, 2019



America can’t be great without a grand strategy. Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/2

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Update and perspectives on Belt and Road Initiative. Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy and Director of the China Africa Research Initiative Deborah Brautigam cited in International Institute for Sustainable Development SDG Knowledge HUB, 5/2

Trump considers military options in Venezuela that experts say will ‘freak out’ the hemisphere. Adjunct Lecturer of Latin American Studies Benjamin N. Gedan quoted in ThinkProgress, 5/2

U.S. sanctions on Iran and their impact on global oil market. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell interviewed on CGTN America, 5/2

No evidence for China’s debt trap diplomacy — American researchersDeborah Brautigam cited in SupChina, 5/1

Guaidó's uprising seems to have flatlined. What's next for VenezuelaBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in The Guardian, 5/1

U.S. has much at stake if Venezuela’s uprising failsBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in the Miami Herald, 5/1

Guaido’s risky bet in Venezuela paid off. Barely. Associate Professor of Practice of International Relations Yascha Mounk cited in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/1

In Iran, it's Trump's America that looks like a rogue state. Dean Vali Nasr quoted in Bloomberg, 5/1

Why is Russia clashing with the United States over Venezuela? Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies Matthew Rojansky quoted in The Washington Post, 5/1

How will Western Balkans deal with security challenges and past conflicts? Director of Conflict Management and Acting Director of American Foreign Policy Daniel Serwerquoted in European Western Balkans, 5/1

Legacy of the ‘Hinge’ years: 1990 to today. Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Kristina Sphor interviewed on American Institute for Contemporary German Studies The Zeitgeist podcast, 5/1

Can Washington rethink Iran? Rethinking Iran initiative and Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli highlighted in The Washington Post, 4/30

Tensions between Venezuela and the U.S. keep rising. Here’s how they got to this point. Riordan Roett Chair and Director of Latin American Studies Monica de Bolle quoted on CNBC, 4/30

Collusion or Russian disinformation? Foreign Policy Institute Fellow David Satter wrote for The Wall Street Journal, 4/30

Historical scandals obscure vital role of voluntary organisations. Vice Director for Italian Affairs and Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics Stefano Zamagni cited in The Irish Times, 4/30

China’s Belt Road stretches to AfricaDeborah Brautigam interviewed on Brookings Institution Dollars and Sense, podcast 4/29

No country safe from populismYascha Mounk interviewed on CNN, 4/29

What is the state of our democracyYascha Mounk quoted on Spectrum News, 4/29

Sri Lanka’s face veil ban stokes fear of Muslims, experts say. Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies Joshua White quoted in The Washington Post, 4/29

Can Republican intellectuals survive the age of Trump?  Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen interviewed in Bloomberg, 4/27

‘An intellectual investment in our officer corps’ — Pentagon partners with Johns Hopkins on new programSAIS’s involvement with DoD’s Strategic Thinkers Program highlighted in Military Times, 4/26

Is China the world’s loan sharkDeborah Brautigam wrote in The New York Times, 4/26

In China, rebranding a foreign loan initiative to calm fears over geopolitical reach.Deborah Brautigam quoted in the Los Angeles Times, 4/26

China tries to calm jitters about the 'Belt and Road' initiativeDeborah Brautigam cited in The Economist, 4/25

The looming storm no one is talking about. Senior Lecturer of International EconomicsJason Fichtner quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/25

Was the United States ever good at national security policyDirector of Strategic Studies and Executive Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Mara Karlin interviewed on Government Matters, 4/25

Gauging Ukraine with Russia And BelarusMatthew Rojansky cited in Eurasia Review, 4/25

First rule of the Monroe Doctrine: Don’t talk about the Monroe DoctrineHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 4/25

Oh, the places you'll goat! Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics & Global Food and Agriculture Jessica Fanzo interviewed on We All Gotta Eat podcast, 4/24

Discussion on China's trade conflicts and financial systems. Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs John and Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky presented lecture on C-SPAN, 4/24

The Syrians don’t and won’t toe the Iranian line: Explaining a most curious allianceVali Nasr cited in War on the Rocks, 4/24

After Mueller revelations, how to protect election integrity in 2020. Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 4/24

Iran accuses U.S. of 'Nazism' and 'economic terrorism' as sanctions tighten. James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Independent, 4/24

Powerful lessons from spring break in World War II France. Visiting Professors of Strategic Studies David Barno and Nora Bensahel wrote in War on the Rocks, 4/23

American grand strategy is mostly deadHal Brands cited in The Washington Post, 4/23

Trump dangers after the Mueller reportYascha Mounk hosted Slate Trumpcast podcast, 4/23

Austria and ItalyYascha Mounk hosted BBC The Populist Curtain, 4/23

An oil squeeze affects big Asian buyers. Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Jonas Nahm interviewed on Voice of America Asia, 4/23

America’s foreign policy isn’t dead. YetHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 4/22

Social Security headed toward insolvency in 2035. Jason Fichtner quoted in TheStreet, 4/22

State of U.S.-Libya relationsHafed Al-Ghwell interviewed on CGTN America, 4/22

Trump’s campaign never tried to defend our democracyDistinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin cited in The Washington Post, 4/22

Trump’s Iran policy is not changing the regime’s actionsVali Nasr quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/22

In Ukraine, could a comedian’s landslide victory help reset relations with Russia?Matthew Rojansky interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 4/22

Poland and HungryYascha Mounk hosts BBC The Populist Curtain, 4/21

Trump soured relations in Latin America. China and Russia have welcomed the chaos.Benjamin N. Gedan quoted in The Washington Post, 4/20

Trump’s Foreign Policy Just Isn’t That Bad. Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Robert Blackwill interviewed in Bloomberg Opinion, 4/19

UN a bureaucratic organization, cannot solve Libya’s problemsHafed Al-Ghwell interviewed on RT, 4/19

Mayday for American protectionism. Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger wrote in Project Syndicate, 4/19

Trudeau's scandals undermine Canada's leadership on VenezuelaBenjamin N. Gedan wrote in RealClearWold, 4/18

Former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin weighs in on redacted Mueller reportJohn McLaughlin interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, 4/18

Engaging and reframing the ‘refugee’ crisis. Assistant Professor of International RelationsNina Hall interviewed on Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Insights podcast, 4/18

Mueller report props up reporting, Sanders’s ‘slip of the tongue,’ and moreThomas Rid cited in Columbia Journalism Review, 4/18