In the News: August 14–September 7, 2018



‘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.

August 14–September 7, 2018


How much is China's $60-billion really worth? SAIS-CARI cited in the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), 9/7

Can anyone fix Brazil's economy? Director of Latin American Studies and Emerging Markets Specialization Monica de Bolle interviewed on Americas Quarterly podcast, 9/6

U.S., India sign military accord as Pompeo and Mattis hail strong partnership in New Delhi meeting. Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies Joshua White quoted in The Washington Post, 9/6

Trump feels 'amazingly alone' and increasingly the world sees it. Associate Director of Strategic Studies and Executive Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Mara Karlin quoted in the Los Angeles Times, 9/6

How China went from business opportunity to enemy no. 1. Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg, 9/6

Trump's slashing of Pakistan aid is justified but futile. Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 9/5

Trump's nonproliferation policy: Stalled, muddled or just confused? Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin wrote in Ozy, 9/5

With India meeting, Trump administration seeks to build ties, not damage them. Joshua White quoted in The Washington Post, 9/5

China says funds help Africa develop, not stack up debt. Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy and CARI Director Deborah Bräutigam cited in The Daily Star (Lebanon), 9/5

FOCAC 2018: Rebranding China in Africa. Deborah Bräutigam cited in The Diplomat, 9/4

How to restart war in the Balkans. Adjunct Lecturer of Conflict Management Edward P. Joseph wrote in Foreign Policy, 9/4

TPP-11 trade pact will 'modestly' lift incomes. SAIS Europe Director and Eni Professor of International Economics Michael G. Plummer cited in Australian Financial Review, 9/4

China says its funding helps Africa develop, not stack up debt. Deborah Bräutigam quoted in Nasdaq, 9/4

Wage rises, exports depend on TPP: experts. Michael G. Plummer cited in SBS News (Australia), 9/4

China pledges $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa, no 'political conditions attached'. SAIS-CARI cited in The Washington Post, 9/3

Some of China's commitments to Africa come with 'strings'. Deborah Bräutigam interviewed on CNBC, 9/3

Skyscrapers, trains and roads: How Addis Ababa came to look like a Chinese city. SAIS-CARI cited in CNN. 9/3

It's Trump's war ... and it's not going well. Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Shamila Chaudhary interviewed on CNN, 9/3

John McCain's parting gift to his nation. Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 9/2

Peso plunges as Argentina raises benchmark rate. Monica de Bolle quoted in Taipei Times, 9/1

Ohr's FBI work to flip Deripaska could explain Trump taunts. John McLaughlin interviewed on NBC News, 9/1

Africa looks to China for loans despite debt woes. SAIS-CARI cited in Strait Times, 9/1

New general takes over in Afghanistan amid questions about the U.S. military's future there. Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies and Senior Fellow of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies David Barno quoted in The Washington Post, 9/1

Argentina project director: 'A political pact with the Peronist opposition would be a delightful development'. Adjunct Lecturer of Latin American Studies Benjamin Gedan quoted in The Bubble, 8/31

The case for Africa as the next investment destination. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al Ghwell wrote in Eurasia Review, 8/31

U.S.-Canada trade talks continue — though major disagreements remain. Monica de Bolle interviewed on NPR, 8/30

Europe wants to defend itself? Good luck with that. Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 8/30

Argentina economic crisis: Will a major G-20 economy default on its loans or can the IMF save it? Monica de Bolle quoted in Newsweek, 8/30

President Meta opposes Kosovo's "border correction" deal. Director of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer quoted in Tirana Times, 8/30

A tragedy for Turkey and the U.S. Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger wrote in Project Syndicate, 8/27

Toward a smaller, smarter force posture in the Middle East. Mara Karlin wrote in Defense One, 8/26

Egypt's economic pain is all in a good cause. Hafed Al Ghwell wrote in Eurasia Review, 8/26

Great-Heart is gone. Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 8/26

Breda O'Brien: Pope Francis is promoting a radical economic vision. Vice Director for Italian Affairs, SAIS Europe and Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics Stefano Zamagni and Senior Adjunct Professor of International
Economics Vera Negri Zamagni quoted in The Irish Times, 8/25

Bunga, Bunga Britain. Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones wrote in Politico, 8/24

How this will end. Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 8/24

Will Turkey's currency crisis hurt Erdogan? Here’s what a new poll shows. Associate Professor of International Political Economy David A. Steinberg wrote in The Washington Post, 8/23

Arab states’ simple equation to solve Chinese investment dilemma. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow and emerge85 Co-director Afshin Molavi wrote in Arab News, 8/23

Maduro's economic plan for Venezuela: Back to the 1980s? Monica de Bolle wrote in PIIE blog, 8/23

Iranian families share stories on 'devastating' impact of U.S. sanctions. James Anderson Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in the Independent (UK), 8/23

China's ethnic-Korean enclaves have become less Korean. Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute Carla Freeman quoted in The Economist, 8/23

It will take more than high-level American overtures to improve ties with Brazil. Professor and Director Emeritus of Latin American Studies Riordan Roett interviewed in The World Economic Review, 8/23

Strained US-Mexico relations are about to get even worse — and it could destroy NAFTA for good. Monica de Bolle quoted in Business Insider, 8/23

The debate over U.S. security clearances: What to know. John McLaughlin quoted in The Council on Foreign Relations, 8/23

The debate over U.S. security clearances: What to know. John McLaughlin quoted in CFR blog, 8/23

Turkey-U.S. tiff shows how deep NATO's problems run. Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg, 8/22

Moment of truth for Secure Elections Act. Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid cited in Politico, 8/22

Facebook announces that fake accounts are now coming not just from Russia. Thomas Rid cited in Think Progress, 8/22

Hindutva speaks for unity amongst Hindus while Hinduism divides on caste. Senior Adjunct Professor of South Asia Studies Walter Andersen quoted in The Print, 8/21

Unravel the past. Professor of History and International Studies Mark Gilbert wrote in Monocle, 8/21

Microsoft uncovers more russian hacking attempts ahead of midterms. Thomas Rid quoted in the Daily Intelligencer, 8/21

Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: Microsoft. Thomas Rid quoted in U.S. News & World Report, 8/21

Russia's political meddling efforts go beyond midterms, experts say. Thomas Rid interviewed on NBC News, 8/21

New Russian hacking targeted Republican groups, Microsoft says. Thomas Rid quoted in The New York Times, 8/21

Bruce Ohr. John McLaughlin interviewed on MSNBC, 8/20

Rise of the Afghan Taliban. Master of Arts in Global Policy Director Daniel Daniel Markey wrote in The Cipher Brief, 8/20

Coming clean in Argentina. Benjamin Gedan interviewed on CSIS Americas 35West podcast, 8/20

Ex-CIA director 'would consider it an honor' if Trump revoked security clearance. John McLaughlin quoted in The Hill, 8/20

GOP needs to step up pace on Trump agenda. John McLaughlin quoted in WND, 8/20

Erdogan capitalizes on Trump's effort to break and isolate Turkey. Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies Lisel Hintz quoted in The Washington Post, 8/19

The many benefits of India's growing ties with Saudi Arabia and UAE. Afshin Molavi wrote in Arab News, 8/19

Iraq's long and winding road to stability. Hafed Al Ghwell wrote in Arab News, 8/18

U.S. terminates funding for stabilization efforts in Syria. Daniel Serwer quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 8/17

Trump's 'risky' Iran strategy could spark huge conflict, says expert. Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies Dana Allin quoted in Express (UK), 8/17

Genoa tragedy could damage business-government relationship. Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law Justin Frosini interviewed on CNBC, 8/17

The rising influence of RSS and its affiliates in the Sangh Parivar. Walter Andersen interviewed on The Wire, 8/16

What financial markets tell us about the US-China trade dispute. Associate Professor of International Economics Heiwai Tang wrote for World Economic Forum, 8/16

A somber celebration: On its 72nd Independence Day, India's core constitutional goals still remain distant. Director of Asia Programs Devesh Kapur wrote in The Times of India, 8/15

'No doubt that there are membership elements of RSS who have engaged in lynching'. Walter Andersen interviewed in Scroll.in, 8/14

RSS - The Book. Walter Andersen interviewed on CNN-News18, 8/13

RSS wants Modi as PM, but does not like cults. Walter Andersen interviewed on Mojo Story, 8/9

RSS' involvement in BJP's 2019 campaign to see a drop. Walter Andersen interviewed on The Quint, 8/9

RSS is a lot more diverse than it used to be. Walter Andersen interviewed in The Economic Times, 8/4