In the News: May 3–May 17, 2019

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‘In the News’ is a roundup of recent media coverage featuring the Johns Hopkins SAIS community and is produced and
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May 3–May 17, 2019


Can Roberto Lavagna unify Argentina? Adjunct Lecturer of Latin American Studies Benjamin N. Gedan wrote in Americas Quarterly, 5/16

Is America tired of losing yet? Senior Research Professor of InternationalEconomicsAnne O. Krueger wrote in Project Syndicate, 5/16
China’s global investments are declining everywhere except for one region. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Afshin Molavi wrote in Foreign Policy, 5/16
Iranians do want regime change — but not the kind Washington hawks are pushing. Dean Vali Nasr wrote in The Washington Post, 5/16
U.S. national security adviser pushing hard line on IranVali Nasr interviewed on CNN International Hala Gorani Tonight, 5/16

Donald Trump holds talks with Swiss president on possible Iran back channel negotiations. Director of Conflict Management and Acting Director of American Foreign Policy Daniel Serwer quoted in The National, 5/16

Estimating the cost of capital for wind energy investments in Turkey. Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Simone Tagliapietra wrote for ScienceDirect, 5/16

The hidden sources of Iranian strength. Assistant Professor of Middle EastStudiesNarges Bajoghli wrote in Foreign Policy, 5/15

Trump can’t afford to go soft on Turkey. Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Eric Edelman wrote in The Wall Street Journal, 5/15

We’re just beginning to grasp the toll of the Islamic State’s archaeological looting in Syria. Adjunct Lecturer of International Economics James Marrone wrote in The Conversation, 5/15

Varied points of view rise from Trump, an ally, and Iran as Middle East tensions flare. Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic StudiesJohn McLaughlin quoted in USA Today, 5/15

President Trump’s Iran policy sows confusion, angstJohn McLaughlin cited in The Washington Post, 5/15

Agencification of EU executive governance. Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law Justin Frosini and Bologna Institute for Policy Research Associate Fellow Marko Milenkovic wrote for The Academic Research Network, 5/15

International expert says Trump administration must prove Iran is a serious threatVali Nasr interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, 5/15

U.S. cites increasing threats from Iran; allies skepticalVali Nasr interviewed on CNN International’s CNN Today, 5/15

With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable. James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil quoted in The Guardian, 5/15

The Ramadan effect. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell interviewed on CGTN Global Business, 5/14

If NATO expansion was a mistake, why hasn’t Putin invaded? Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Hal Brandswrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/14

Venezuela crisis unites Trump and Bolsonaro — for now. Riordan Roett Chair and Director of Latin American Studies Monica de Bolle wrote in Financial Times, 5/14

Why people in Pakistan are scared of speaking against China's CPEC project. Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Shamila Chaudhary cited in Business Standard, 5/14

Why Trump's Iran strategy puts America on the road to nowhere goodJohn McLaughlinwrote in OZY, 5/14

Iran crisis is similar to controversial incident that escalated U.S. role in Vietnam War, analysts argueJohn McLaughlin cited in Newsweek, 5/14

Skeptical U.S. allies resist Trump’s new claims of threats from IranVali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 5/14

Iran official says 'don't test us' after oil tanker 'sabotage' amid tensions with U.SSanam Vakil quoted on ABC News, 5/14

U.S. studies say BRI not a debt trapSAIS-CARI and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy and Director of the China Africa Research Initiative Deborah Brautigam cited in China Daily Global, 5/13

China's tit-for-tat could wipe out Wall Street gains for the yearMonica de Bolle quoted on NBC News, 5/13

What’s great power competition? No one really knows. Director of Strategic Studies and Executive Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Mara Karlin quoted in Defense One, 5/13

Are Americans turning isolationist? Depends on who you askHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/12

Applying ‘maximum pressure,’ Trump faces burgeoning crises overseasMara Karlinquoted in The Washington Post, 5/12

Africa must unleash the potential of its growing youth populationHafed Al-Ghwell wrote in Arab News, 5/11

Acting defense secretary visits border after diverting $1.5 billion for barrier construction.Mara Karlin interviewed on NBC Nightly News, 5/11

The United States needs a COFA strategy. Research Fellow of South Asian Studies Michael Walsh wrote in The Diplomat Magazine, 5/11

Trump trade war just raised taxes on consumers by tens of billions of dollarsMonica de Bolle quoted in Huffington Post, 5/10

Record government debt & low to negative interest rates challenge global financial stability. Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky interviewed on WealthTrack, 5/10

How to salvage Iran nuclear deal with the remaining signatoriesDaniel Serwerinterviewed on CGTN World Insight, 5/10

Trump to nominate Patrick Shanahan as defense secretary. Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies David Barno interviewed on NPR, 5/9

Hungary’s prime minister does not belong in the Oval OfficeHal Brands wrote in The Washington Post, 5/9

China’s growing influence in Asia and the United StatesShamila Chaudhary testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Relations, 5/9

The pleasure and (mostly) pain of peer review. Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Director Francis J. Gavin wrote in War on the Rocks, 5/9

Argentina’s Macri and Kirchner need to face each other if they hope to winBenjamin N. Gedan quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/9

Trump's top intelligence and military advisers held unusual meeting at CIA on Iran, officials sayJohn McLaughlin quoted on NBC News, 5/9

Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIAJohn McLaughlin cited in The Hill, 5/9

China. Iran. North Korea. Venezuela. Foreign policy tests mount for Trump. Vali Nasrquoted in The Wall Street Journal, 5/9

U.S. ratchets up pressure on Iran nuclear dealDaniel Serwer interviewed on CGTN World Insight, 5/9

China and India seen as Europe's last hope to save Iran dealSanam Vakil quoted in Reuters, 5/9

Belt and Road trackerSAIS-CARI cited by Council on Foreign Relations, 5/8

The brain of the Pentagon. Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 5/8

In today’s foreign policy, the only law is the law of the strongest. Kenneth H. Keller Professor of American Foreign Policy John Harper interviewed in Fair Observer, 5/8

A little-known CIA operation in Poland. Adjunct Lecturer of Strategic Studies Seth Jonesinterviewed on War on the Rocks Horns of a Dilemma podcast, 5/8

How authoritarians manipulate elections. Associate Professor of Practice of International Relations Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 5/8

Have special interests managed to capture the stateYascha Mounk hosted Slate The Good Fight Podcast, 5/8

Iran reduces commitments to nuclear deal agreementVali Nasr interviewed on CNN Connect the World, 5/8

Bolton, Iran, and hegemonic hubrisVali Nasr cited in LobeLog, 5/8

Why Russia is the big winner of the Iran deal fallout. Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies Matthew Rojansky quoted in The Washington Post, 5/8

Venezuelan judges work from abroad and await Maduro’s ousterBenjamin N. Gedanquoted in Los Angeles Times, 5/7

Is it time we gave nuclear power another chance? Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment Sarah Jordaan quoted in Engadget, 5/7

How to become a player in global affairs. Professor Emeritus of China Studies David Lampton interviewed on The China Current with James Chau, 5/7

Iran to tell nuclear deal nations it's scaling down commitmentsSanam Vakil quoted in Bloomberg, 5/7

Iran to scale back nuclear pledges on anniversary of U.S. exitSanam Vakil quoted in BNN Bloomberg, 5/7

Why intelligence officials say China is becoming the U.S.'s biggest security threatJohn McLaughlin interviewed on NPR On Point, 5/6

What Israel’s strike on Hamas hackers means for cyberwar. Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid quoted in WIRED, 5/6

New tensions with Iran threaten nuclear deal and, White House says, U.S. troopsVali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 5/6

‘Clash of Civilizations’ has no place in U.S. foreign policyHal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/4

Norm contestation in the digital era: Campaigning for refugee rights. Assistant Professor of International Relations Nina Hall wrote for International Affairs, 5/3

Russia denies claims of convincing Maduro to stay in powerMatthew Rojanskyinterviewed on NPR All Things Considered, 5/3