In the News: February 21–March 8, 2019



‘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.

February 21–March 8, 2019



Can an increase in repression stop a new series of protests in the Arab world? Aronson Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science Adria Lawrence wrote in The Washington Post, 3/8

'Trudeau? Scandal? I don't believe it': As controversy rocks Canada's PM, the world winces — then shrugs. Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands quoted on CBC News, 3/8

The economic pressures behind the latest India-Pakistan clash. Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Shamila Chaudhary quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 3/7

Cloudy days for Justin Trudeau. Christopher Sands quoted on Center for Strategic & International Studies podcast, 3/7

An opportunity for natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Simone Tagliapietra wrote in Financial Times, 3/7

The end of great power peace. Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brands wrote in The National Interest, 3/6

Socially acceptable anti-Semitism. Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 3/6

U.S. move to end India trade benefit rattles Indonesia and Thailand. Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business Pravin Krishna quoted in Nikkei Asian Review, 3/6

Trump’s next trade war with India; India’s preferential trade status endedPravin Krishna cited in Tehran Times, 3/6

Trump works to maintain illusions of progress, as his main promises go unfulfilled. Associate Professor of Practice of International Relations Yascha Mounk quoted in Los Angeles Times, 3/6

Our elections are still vulnerable to Russian interference. Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid cited in The Washington Post, 3/6

Don’t sell Kosovo’s sovereignty for a bowl of porridge. Director of Conflict Management and Acting Director of American Foreign Policy Daniel Serwer quoted in Gazeta Express, 3/6

What is Italy's new 'Citizens' Income' scheme? Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics and Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research Filippo Taddei cited in Euronews, 3/6

Trump is right on Venezuela, but it may end badlyHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 3/5

Crisis in Venezuela. Adjunct Lecturer of Latin American Studies Benjamin N. Gedan interviewed on BBC World News, 3/5

India and Pakistan edge closer towards conflict. Dean Vali Nasr interviewed on WBEZ Worldview, 3/5

Justin Trudeau’s rise to power seemed charmed. Now he faces a fight for his political lifeChristopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 3/5

USMCA faces an uncertain path through CongressChristopher Sands quoted in Marketplace, 3/5

The other nuclear threat. Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies Joshua White wrote in The Atlantic, 3/5

Millions fled war in Syria, but this NJ doctor has returned to build a medical school. Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Adjunct Lecturer of International Development Alexander Bick quoted in Daily Record, 3/4

Peace, not in our time. Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum interviewed on NPR 1A, 3/4

Probing the women’s vote in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election. Visiting Research Associate Lecturer of African Studies Chiedo Nwankwor wrote in Africanews, 3/4

The West needs to take the politics of women in ISIS seriously. Aronson Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Sarah Parkinson wrote in Foreign Policy, 3/4

Why U.S. Ambassador Craft deserves greater credit for her time in CanadaChristopher Sands wrote in Open Canada blog, 3/4

Vacant UN post has a new favorite: The U.S. ambassador to CanadaChristopher Sands quoted in Miami Herald, 3/4

Whatever you think of Trump, peace with North Korea is a noble pursuit. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell wrote in Arab News, 3/2

Obama didn’t give Iran ‘150 Billion in Cash’. Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence of Strategic Studies Adam Szubin cited on, 3/1

Better late than never: U.S. comes to its senses on India-Pakistan conflictShamila Chaudhary wrote in The Hill, 2/28

Honor and dishonorEliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 2/28

Battlefield Washington: Trump's Russia connections. Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin quoted in Al Jazeera, 2/28

Saudi crown prince’s Asia tour heralds Gulf’s ‘Eastward Shift 2.0’. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi wrote in Arab News, 2/28

Canada has leverage over the U.S. on tariffs, but should it be usedChristopher Sands quoted in Yahoo Finance Canada, 2/28

The India-Pakistan crisisJoshua White interviewed on the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, 2/28

India and Pakistan in 'uncharted waters'. Master of Arts in Global Policy Director Daniel Markey quoted on BBC, 2/27

How tensions between India and Pakistan reached historic highsDaniel Markey quoted on CBC, 2/27

Flight disruption in Canada as India-Pakistan tensions continue to riseDaniel Markey interviewed on Global News The Simi Sara Show, 2/27

Brexit, British politics, and European integration. Assistant Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs wrote in Oxford Bibliographies, 2/27

U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midtermsThomas Rid quoted in The Washington Post, 2/27

Before elections, U.S. cut Russian trolls' internet accessThomas Rid cited in Healthcare Info Security, 2/27

Connecting people to the grid in India isn't enough. Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Johannes Urpelainen cited in Forbes, 2/27

Iran's president rejects the shock resignation of his top diplomat, a key player in the nuclear deal. James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted on CNBC, 2/27

India-Pakistan clash intensifies with downed jets, captured pilotJoshua White quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 2/27

How the U.S. can avert an India-Pakistan warHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 2/26

The next decade of European energy transitionSimone Tagliapietra interviewed on Bruegel Backstage podcast, 2/27

U.S. studying mysterious bond billionaire's Venezuela dealsBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in Bloomberg, 2/26

Experts dub IAF strikes ‘Aggressive Response,’ wonder what’s nextJoshua White quoted in The Quint, 2/26

World opinion tilted towards India in its spat over terror from PakistanJoshua White cited in Times of India, 2/26

Former senior national security officials to issue declaration on national emergencyEliot A. Cohen cited in The Washington Post, 2/25

Former senior national security officials to rebuke Trump's national emergency declarationEliot A. Cohen cited on CNN, 2/25

After the fight for humanitarian aid, what next for Venezuela’s oppositionBenjamin N. Gedan quoted on BBC News, 2/25

Identity politics inside out. Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies Lisel Hintz’s book reviewed in Muftah, 2/25

Re-framing Brexit in terms of discrimination. Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones wrote in E!Sharp, 2/25

Why European democracies are strugglingErik Jones wrote in Current History, 2/25

Europe’s self-inflicted disasterMichael Mandelbaum wrote in The American Interest, 2/25

'No one in Washington wants to see another war, or near-war, between India and Pakistan'Daniel Markey interview in Rediff News, 2/25

58 ex-national security officials rebuke Trump over emergency declarationJohn McLaughlin cited in The Hill, 2/25

The U.S. wants China to adjust its exchange rate policy. That might backfire. Associate Professor of International Political Economy Daniel Steinberg wrote in The Washington Post, 2/25

China’s expanding political and military footprint in AfricaSAIS-CARI cited in Capitol Hill Insider, 2/24

The wall obsession. Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder wrote in Kyodo News, 2/22

Politics of unresolved issues flare with new India-Pakistan tensionsShamila Chaudhary wrote in The Hill, 2/22

Keeping up momentum in Venezuela hinges on getting humanitarian aid in on SaturdayBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in Miami Herald, 2/22

Washington must launch major diplomatic offensive on Pakistan after terror attack on India. Senior Adjunct Professor of South Asia Studies Walter Andersen quoted in News India Times, 2/21

'Outraged' politicians hurting those they aim to protectAfshin Molavi wrote in Arab News, 2/21

The Russian sleuth who outs Moscow's elite hackers and assassinsThomas Rid quoted in Wired, 2/21

Wars within war? Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim interviewed on RT, 2/21

Engineering an endgame in Afghanistan. Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Management Sinisa Vukovic wrote for the Wilson Center Asia Program, 2/21

Vacant UN post has new favorite: the U.S ambassador to CanadaChristopher Sands quoted in Associated Press, 2/21

Is Congress likely to approve the USMCA this year? Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 2/20

Analysts flag shutdown, election, 232 concerns as possible roadblocks to USMCA approvalChristopher Sands cited on, 2/20

After the responsible stakeholder, what? Debating America’s China strategyHal Brands wrote for Texas National Security Review, 2/19

Crisis mode on for Jair Bolsonaro. Associate Professor of International Economics Filipe Campante interviewed on The Brazilian Report Explaining Brazil podcast, 2/19 

In praise of regime change. Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum wrote in Commentary, 2/19

Whistleblower revelations on Michael Flynn. Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies John McLaughlin interviewed on MSNBC, 2/19

Former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin weighs in on McCabe's claimsJohn McLaughlin interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, 2/19

Kosova sot. Director of Conflict Management and Acting Director of American Foreign Policy Daniel Serwer quoted on FOCUS Information Agency, 2/19

Africa's debt crises not the fault of creditors aloneSAIS-CARI cited on, 2/18

New Zealand - peacemakers of the Pacific? Assistant Professor of International Relations Nina Hall interviewed on Radio New Zealand Nights podcast, 2/18

Pulwama explosives obtained locally, says Indian commander. Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies Joshua White quoted in Dawn, 2/17

Middle East peace remains elusive after Warsaw summit. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell wrote in Arab News, 2/16

Brazil’s Bolsonaro plays catch up with his cabinetMonica de Bolle quoted in Bloomberg, 2/15

China is upping its aid and development game. How should the U.S. respond? Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy and Director of the China Africa Research Initiative Deborah Brautigam wrote in ChinaFile, 2/15

Hawaiian Electric Industries reports 2018 results, increases dividend and nominates new directors. Associate Practitioner in Residence in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program Celeste Connors cited in Money (Canada), 2/15

FOLU Champions. Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics & Global Food and Agriculture Jessica Fanzo interviewed in Food and Land Use Coalition blog, 2/15

What next for Venezuela? Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger wrote in Project Syndicate, 2/15

Gendered contests: PTCIJ, John Hopkins University partner on women in competitive electionsSAIS and Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer of African Studies Chiedo Nwankwor cited in Premium Times Nigeria, 2/15

Import tariff threatens Kosovo’s most important allianceDaniel Serwer quoted in Prishtina Insight, 2/15

Are Russia and China getting closer? U.S. spy chiefs think soHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 2/14

Current trade policies not good for American consumersAnne O. Krueger quoted in The Eagle, 2/14

Venezuela: Another black eye for Chinese economic diplomacy. Adjunct Lecturer of Latin American Studies Benjamin N. Gedan quoted in Agence France-Presse, 2/14

The perspective changer. Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy Jeremy Shiffman interviewed in Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine, 2/14

China should clear air on aid to AfricaSAIS-CARI cited in Global Times, 2/13

Barno and Bensahel mythbusters. Visiting Professors of Strategic Studies David Barno and Nora Bensahel cited in Washington Examiner, 2/13

Inhofe casts doubt on Shanahan’s nominationDavid Barno quoted in Politico Morning Defense, 2/13

Trump and Colombian president huddle on how to get aid to VenezuelansBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in Miami Herald, 2/13

A preponderance of stability: Henry Kissinger’s concern over the dynamics of Ostpolitik. Foreign Policy Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow Stephan Kieninger wrote in Spriger Link, 2/13

Brussels and Washington need clarity from Tymoshenko. Center for Transatlantic Relations Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow Taras Kuzio wrote in EUobserver, 2/13

House Democrats, Republicans cross swords over election security bill today. Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid quoted in Politico Morning Security, 2/13

Debunking the myths of the war in AfghanistanDavid Barno and Nora Bensahel wrote in War on the Rocks, 2/12

The blob and the hell of good intentionsHal Brands quoted in The American Conservative, 2/12

The new containmentMichael Mandelbaum wrote in Foreign Affairs, 2/12

Pakistan set to secure funding from Saudi Arabia and the IMFVali Nasr quoted in Financial Times, 2/12

Iran’s other generation gap, 40 years on. Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli wrote in Foreign Affairs, 2/11

Italy could be about to challenge Trump over NATO spending. Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones quoted on CNBC, 2/11

Building militaries in fragile states: Challenges for the United States. Acting Director of Strategic Studies and Executive Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Mara Karlin’s book reviewed in Political Science Quarterly, 2/11

As the threat of ISIS recedes, Iraq looks to its neighbors to spur a recovery. Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim interviewed in World Politics Review, 2/11

Iran's revolutionaries, masters of chaos and crisis, mark 40 years of the Islamic Republic. James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Independent, 2/11

China's infrastructure development is a "win-winism". Professor Emeritus of China Studies David Lampton interviewed in Xinhua, 2/11

South America is a battlefield in the new Cold WarHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 2/10

Venezuela's Maduro is doomed? They said that about Syria's AssadVali Nasr quoted in Bloomberg, 2/10

How does Trump's exit from the TPP influence China? Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder interviewed on EBL News The Point podcast, 2/9

The week ahead in education politics: Congress eyes crumbling buildings, new insights on STEM education, striking teachers & more. Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen cited in The 74, 2/9

It's time to worry about where our food comes fromHafed Al-Ghwell wrote in Arab News, 2/9

China is playing next-generation leapfrog with the WestMara Karlin quoted in Axios, 2/9

JS Bank hosts session with Prof Vali NasrVali Nasr and Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Shamila Chaudhary highlighted in The International News, 2/9

Where is China’s foreign policy headed? Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute Carla Freeman wrote in ChinaFile, 2/8

1 big thing: China's second-mover leapfrogMara Karlin quoted in Axios, 2/8