In The News, March 17 - 25, 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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March 17 – March 25, 2016
The U.S.-Korea Institute said "it would not be out of character" for North Korea to be fighting in Syria since it has historically provided support to countries in crisis. The Washington Post 3/25/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said the president of the Republika Srpska's advocacy for the same independence policy as former Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic will continue to make Bosnia a dysfunctional stateForeign Policy 3/24/2016

Middle East Studies Adjunct Professor Jean-François Seznec said that because of shrinking income from oil, Saudi Arabia is "moving away from being the epitome of a rentier state" to resembling more developed nations. Atlantic Council 3/24/2016 

European and Eurasian Studies Adjunct Lecturer Matteo Garavoglia said the U.S. "cajoling Libyans into forming a unity government would better align the American and Italian efforts to fight ISIS." The National Interest 3/23/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Harry Broadman said there are questions about transparency, accountability and motives regarding China’s economy and outbound investments. South China Morning Post 3/23/2016

Latin American Studies Director Riordan Roett said that lifting the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba "will be a matter of negotiation for the next president." CCTV 3/22/2016

Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones wrote about nervousness in the European economy. The Washington Post 3/21/2016

Erik Jones also said that European policymakers should advocate for an economic policy that "promotes growth and employment while also restarting the flow of capital." The Telegraph 3/21/2016

South Asia Studies Director Walter Andersen said RSS, a Hindu nationalist organization, has expanded in many new areas and "now represents a much more complicated social spectrum." Firstpost 3/21/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Donald Jensen said that "in some ways, Russia is a cooperative great power" in helping to pressure Iran to reach a nuclear deal, having a strategic arms accords with America, and aiding logistics for NATO forces in Afghanistan. Newsweek 3/20/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim said Russian diplomacy on Syria has re-established Russia as a key regional playerForeign Policy 3/18/2016

Riordan Roett cited concern among foreign ambassadors in the U.S. about potential foreign policy advisers if Donald Trump is elected president. The Washington Post 3/17/2016

Strategic Studies Adjunct Professor Seth Jones said the U.S. can help with democratization in Tunisia by assisting higher education institutions and funding programs that strengthen local governments. Foreign Affairs 3/17/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Senior Researcher Yonho Kim said the new U.N. sanctions have "further increased the risk of investing in North Korea." Foreign Policy 3/17/2016

Professor of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum said the next president’s challenge is to protect American interests in the Middle East "without becoming bogged down in a military occupation." The American Interest 3/17/2016

Randa Slim said that because Syrian women are already dealing with reconciliation, economic development, education and transitional justice issues, they are in the best position to come up with practical solutions for Syrian peace talks. The Huffington Post 3/17/2016

Dean Vali Nasr discussed the impact of geopolitical factors, such as the Syrian refugee crisis, on global financial markets. The Abraaj Group 3/17/2016