In The News, May 16 - May 27, 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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May 16 – May 27, 2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Researcher Curtis Melvin said sanctions will likely not jeopardize North Korea's stability. Engineering News 5/27/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said the U.S. strategy of killing militant group leaders could create greater chaos and “a new cycle of attacks and counterattacks.” The Wall Street Journal 5/26/2016

Middle East Studies Adjunct Professor Jean-François Seznec wrote about Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the upcoming OPEC meetingThe Mark News 5/26/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi described how the United Arab Emirates has benefited from young entrepreneurs. Thomson Reuters ZAWYA 5/26/2016

Dean Vali Nasr said a U.S. air strike attack on a Taliban leader shows America’s willingness to escalate efforts against the movement. Worldview WBEZ 91.5 5/26/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Michael Haltzel wrote about the economic, cultural and external challenges of several European countries. The Huffington Post 5/25/2016

International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam discussed China’s strategy for development assistance in Africa. Agence France-Presse 5/25/2016

Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil described the slow progress of reform in Iran, as a hardliner gains political influence. The Telegraph 5/24/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow David Satter discussed his new book, The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin. The American Interest 5/24/2016

Jean-François Seznec discussed U.S. foreign policies to promote peace in Syria. The Marc Steiner Show WEAA 88.9 5/24/2016

Dean Vali Nasr explained the current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations following a U.S. strike on a Taliban leader. The New York Times 5/23/2016

Global Policy Program Director Daniel S. Markey explained why President Barack Obama used a different tactic to attack a Taliban leader in Pakistan. The Washington Post 5/23/2016 
Curtis Melvin discussed how solar panels have likely increased access to electricity in North Korea. The Los Angeles Times 5/23/2016

Southeast Asia Studies Program Associate Director Bill Wise said selling arms to Vietnam will demonstrate to skeptics that U.S. engagement is paying off. The Associated Press 5/23/2016

Bill Wise also said the end to the embargo comes at a critical time for Vietnam. Voice of America 5/23/2016

Professor of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum wrote about the history and challenges of American foreign policy following the Cold WarThe American Interest 5/23/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Dennis Halpin wrote about South Korea’s cancellation of cultural performances due to pressure from China. The Korea Times 5/23/2016

Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder wrote about the relevance of the G7 (Group of Seven). Nikkei Asian Review 5/23/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Eveline Herfkens explained why large trade agreements can harm low-income economies. Bangkok Post 5/23/2016

Southeast Asia Studies Visiting Scholar Marvin C. Ott said Vietnam is better at managing China than any other country. The Financial Times 5/20/2016

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim explained how the Islamic State could solidify its claim to be the defenders of Sunnis in the Middle East. U.S. News & World Report 5/20/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Fellow Christina Lin wrote about China's interest in supporting an independent Kurdistan. Asia Times 5/19/2016

Director of Latin American Studies Riordan Roett discussed reasons why ticket sales for the Olympics in Brazil are low. Voice of America 5/19/2016

Riordan Roett also said “good things always come out of a crisis,” as federal prosecutors take on political corruption in Brazil. Voice of America 5/19/2016

David Satter wrote about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. The American Interest 5/19/2016

Randa Slim commented on recent assassinations of Lebanese military commanders following Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria. The National 5/19/2016

SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer wrote about a new study on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Peterson Institute for International Economics, Trade & Investment Policy Watch 5/19/2016

Center for Transatlantic Relations Managing Director András Simonyi wrote about steps the U.S. and Nordic countries should take to maintain diplomatic ties. The Huffington Post 5/18/2016

U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit explained why North Korea’s new foreign minister may be able to resume diplomatic relations with the U.S. Korea Times 5/18/2016

Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer discussed how Russia is “increasingly inserting itself” to prevent NATO expansion. Voice of America 5/17/2016

Daniel Serwer said the Serb Republic will find difficulty in becoming an independent state. B92 5/17/2016

Daniel Serwer discussed why he believes Russia has become a declining regional power. Novi Magazine 5/16/2016