In The News, February 16 - February 26, 2016

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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 several times a month by the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives.

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February 16 – February 26, 2016

George H.W. Bush Senior Associate Professor of International Relations Jakub Grygiel said the objective of limited war is not annihilation, but a smaller goal like a territorial gain. Modern War Institute 2/25/2016

Senior Adjunct Professor of Political Science Gianfranco Pasquino said Italy's recent electoral reform "was not innovative enough and risks causing government fragmentation instead of producing a clear majority." China Economic Net 2/25/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said "Russia is succeeding at driving back the Syrian opposition" and gaining an advantage on the battlefield. Voice of America 2/23/2016

Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil said "the hardline objective is to prevent any social or political liberalisation within the state" of Iran. Reuters 2/22/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Robert Hunter said Great Britain should stay "fully engaged" in the European Union. The Guardian 2/22/2016

Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones said the terms of an agreement between Great Britain and the EU does not touch on "the heart of popular disaffection" with Europe. The Financial Times 2/22/2016

Erik Jones also wrote that the new deal between Great Britain and the EU has not delivered on its "promise to redefine economic governance to the benefit of the United Kingdom." Institute for International Political Studies 2/22/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the Saudi-Iran rivalry has been further driven by tensions from the Arab Spring and a "crisis of confidence" from U.S. engagement with Iran. Bloomberg North 2/22/2016

International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam said Chinese companies have signed over $70 billion in construction contracts for vital infrastructure projects with downstream benefits for African economies. The Diplomat 2/21/2016

SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer predicted the bulk of the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will come from "reductions in non-tariff barriers and lower obstacles to foreign investment." The New Nation 2/19/2016

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin said future American strategies should "strive for balance in defense preparedness." Global Brief 2/19/2016

Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey said unless the U.S. "is really willing to pick a serious fight with Pakistan, it should avoid moves that irritate or weaken Islamabad." Foreign Policy 2/18/2016

Strategic Studies Program Director Eliot A. Cohen said the strategic traps awaiting the next U.S. president "can only be managed, not escaped or neutralized." The American Interest 2/18/2016

Daniel Serwer said the U.S. and Russia jointly "could bring a lot of pressure to bear" on warring parties to stop hostilities in Syria. Voice of America 2/18/2016

Deborah Bräutigam said despite persistent myths, "there is still very little Chinese investment in African farming.Times Higher Education 2/18/2016

European Studies Adjunct Professor Christopher Chivvis said that the U.S. and its allies "must use force to forge peace in Libya." U.S. News & World Report 2/17/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Afshin Molavi said "it's not entirely clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran's political establishment wants large investments from U.S. companies." The Daily Beast 2/17/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said it appears North Korea is preparing for a fifth nuclear test but found no obvious signs of an imminent detonation. The Telegraph 2/17/2016

China Studies Visiting Scholar Pieter Bottelier said China’s intention to stabilize the yuan was an "essentially right policy change, but it was poorly explained" by policymakers. Knowledge @ Wharton 2/17/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said a North Korea nuclear test site "appears to have altered its past test-preparation practices" and it no longer can be detected by satellite imagery. The Japan Times 2/17/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim said a cease-fire plan for Syria may provide temporary relief for humanitarian assistance, but it’s not a "permanent truce." Amanpour CNN 2/16/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said North Korea has made satellite monitoring of nuclear launch preparations more difficult and may be able to "conduct another detonation with little or no warning." Stars and Stripes 2/16/2016