In The News, March 24 - April 14, 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 24 – April 14, 2016
Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila Chaudhary said the Pakistan prime minister’s business-minded approach raised expectations that the economy will do better under his tenureThe Cipher Brief  4/14/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin wrote that "U.S. inability to fully confront ISIS or cut its supply line" has increased Iraqi perceptions that Washington is secretly supporting ISIS. Asia Times 4/13/2016

Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands wrote that Canada straddles the line between caution and complacency in energy and resource development, while the United States, Russia, China and Mexico race ahead to develop their resources and infrastructure. Energy 4/13/2016

Professor of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum is cited for saying "the main focus of American foreign policy shifted from war to governance." The Los Angeles Times 4/12/2016

Michael Mandelbaum is also cited for calling the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe "one of the greatest blunders in the history of American foreign policy." Foreign Policy 4/12/2016

Strategic Studies Program Director Eliot A. Cohen recounted a tour with students and faculty of a Polish battleground that marked the beginning of World War II. The American Interest 4/12/2016

Southeast Asia Studies Visiting Scholar David I. Steinberg said the leader of the National League for Democracy has a strategic goal to "bring about a united but federal, democratic and prosperous Myanmar.Nikkei Asian Review 4/12/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said serious security challenges such as nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine "should be at the heart of American foreign policy." Defcon 3 Fox News 4/11/2016

Michael Mandelbaum also said the U.S. succeeded in military missions, but failed in "efforts to transform the politics of the places where American arms prevailed." Arab News 4/11/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said the main focus of American foreign policy "shifted from war to governance" through nation-building efforts and humanitarian interventions in the early 1990s. The Philadelphia Inquirer 4/10/2016

Center for East Asian Studies Director Kent E. Calder said that President Barack Obama may have a personal interest to visit Hiroshima because of "his desire to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the world." Nikkei Asian Review 4/9/2016

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin discussed the depiction of espionage in the media, noting that spies do not "communicate openly on cell phones and email about operational matters." OZY 4/8/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin wrote that Russia and China "may need to undertake additional military counter-measures to neutralize the growing terrorist threat in Syria." Asia Times 4/8/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer said the Iran nuclear deal is "not a broad rapprochement on all issues" and the U.S. continues to have concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile program, human rights, and terrorism. Press TV 4/8/2016

Director of China Studies David M. Lampton said the U.S. has "engaged in draining conflicts that have produced relatively little" for its national interest since 9/11 and should refocus to domestic development. Real Clear Defense 4/8/2016

Kent E. Calder wrote that the fall U.S. presidential campaign will focus on the issues of immigration, America's global role, and trade. Kyodo News 4/8/2016

Daniel Serwer said "it’s going to take years to prepare" a ground force in Libya to fight the Islamic State and a new U.N.-backed unity government will need protection before then. USA Today 4/7/2016

Daniel Serwer said members of the Islamic State who are looting and selling cultural antiquities from Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale believe "they are restoring the true Islam." Voice of America 4/7/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Senior Researcher Yonho Kim wrote that delivering USB drives with foreign content to North Korea through drones is "a high-tech alternative to traditional smuggling tactics and requires no risk." Foreign Policy 4/7/2016

Professor of International Economics James Riedel wrote that countries can escape the middle income trap by transitioning to a knowledge-based economy. Daily Mirror 4/7/2016

Daniel Serwer is cited for saying the arguments for acquittal of a Serbian politician are even more disappointing than the verdictRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 4/07/2016

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Director Svante Cornell wrote that the U.S. "needs to take the lead in a serious diplomatic initiative to engage both Armenia and Azerbaijan" to avoid a major war in the Caucasus. The Wall Street Journal 4/6/2016

Michael Mandelbaum is cited as saying that after the Cold War the U.S. sought to make the internal governance of other countries "more like its own democratic, constitutional order." The New York Times 4/6/2016

The U.S.-Korea Institute said satellite images of suspicious activity at North Korea nuclear test site could mean reprocessing is under way to produce more plutonium for atomic bombs. Reuters 4/4/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Managing Director András Simonyi said it’s immoral for associates of the Russian president to have offshore wealth while he runs a country on the verge of economic collapse. The Hard Line, Newsmax TV 4/4/2016

SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer predicated that if the Trans-Pacific Partnership expanded to include China, it could bring China $800 billion in additional income by 2025. South China Morning Post 4/4/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Assistant Director Jenny Town said the potential for more rigorously implemented sanctions against North Korea could cause the country to experience less robust economic growthRadio Sputnik 4/4/2016

Michael G. Plummer is cited for saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership "will boost American incomes by $131 billion." The Economist 4/2/2016

Middle East Studies Adjunct Professor Jean-François Seznec said Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince "wants to show that he’s really meaning business in terms of reforms." Al Arabiya English 4/2/2016

Christina Lin wrote that major global powers "need to double down to seal the border between ISIS and Turkey" because of the potential for nuclear terrorism.  Asia Times 4/1/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the Turkish president visited Washington to try to change American policy on Syria, but instead "the trip became about his handling of his opposition in Turkey." Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC 4/1/2016

Korea Studies Lecturer Eunjung Lim said a meeting between leaders of the U.S., South Korea, and Japan during a nuclear summit was a "gift basket opportunity" for them to deepen discussions on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. World Insight CCTV 2/12/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit wrote that the U.S. should seriously pursue a dialogue with North Korea to "build peace on the peninsula and to secure denuclearization." The New York Times 3/31/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Harry Broadman wrote that one of the most critical economic misperceptions about African countries is that "South Africa, the traditional point of entry for investors coming to Africa, is the continent’s growth engine." Forbes 3/31/2016

Michael Mandelbaum said the U.S. failed in "missions of transformation," such as nation-building by "trying to create a sense of national community" in Somalia and Afghanistan. The Brian Lehrer Show WNYC 3/31/2016

Analysis from the U.S.-Korea Institute noted the latest round of nuclear threats from North Korea, amid the U.S. presidential election cycle, is "a preview of coming attractions for the next American president." The Los Angeles Times 3/30/2016

Jenny Town wrote "the lack of serious diplomatic efforts by the United States or other stakeholders to address Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions" has given North Korea the green light to keep developing weapons. Washington Times 3/30/2016

Korea Studies Adjunct Professor Alexandre Mansourov wrote that nuclear threats by North Korea’s leader "reveal his penchant for coercive diplomacy and reflect his ‘hostile intentions’ toward the United States and its allies." Washington Times 3/30/2016

Christina Lin wrote that the U.S. should clarify its intentions in Syria or "China may perceive Washington as intentionally supporting anti-Chinese fighters to destabilize Xinjiang." Asia Times 3/30/2016

Director of the Latin American Studies Riordan Roett said an annulment of election results to out the Brazilian president "appears to be increasingly probable" as congressional discord and rising unemployment continues. Share Radio Morning Money 3/30/2016

Jenny Town said the Workers’ Party Congress of Korea, a high-level national convention, is a rare event that is typically used to announce major leadership or policy changes. The Washington Times 3/30/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the Syrian refugee flow and series of terrorist attacks made it very clear for the U.S. that "job No. 1 was to defeat ISIS and stop the fighting," not to remove the Syrian president from power. Frontline PBS 3/29/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim said the Syrian president is trying to "change the narrative about him from being one of the root causes of the Islamic State to being an indispensable partner in the fight" against ISIS. Politico 3/29/2016 

Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey wrote that the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan will "set the stage for restructuring U.S. assistance to Pakistan." The Cipher Brief 3/29/2016

Shamila Chaudhary said a recent suicide bombing in Punjab may be "backlash against a more progressive, social cause" by the Pakistan prime minister. To the Point, KCRW 3/28/2016

John McLaughlin wrote that "oil has not only shaped economies but also has determined a way of life and pervaded the very nature of society" in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.  OZY 3/27/2016

Middle East Studies Senior Associate Professor Camille Pecastaing wrote that recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris "have exposed the deficiency of a strategy based on counterterrorism." Foreign Policy 3/24/2016