In the News, November 10 - November 25, 2015



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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November 10 – November 25, 2015

According to China Studies Director David Lampton, relations between China and the U.S. are deteriorating as mutual suspicion deepens and ways must be found to better manage this important relationship. South China Morning Post, 11/24/2015.
 
SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer says the economic integration of the ASEAN Community will bolster income and employment in the region and help balance the economic power of China and India. Brunei Times, 11/23/2015.
 
Adjunct Professor of International Law Marco Gestri comments on the invocation of the European Union’s mutual defense clause following terror attacks in Paris. AffarInternazionali, 11/23/2015.
 
Commenting on the ASEAN trade partnership set to launch December 31, SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer says the deal “is arguably the most ambitious economic integration program in the developing world, but implementation of the AEC is increasingly uphill.” Deutsche Welle, 11/22/2015.
 
As Europe struggles to cope with existential crises ranging from the still shaky eurozone, the threat of ISIL, an aggressive Russia, and an escalating migration crisis, American reengagement with the European continent is imperative, argues András Simonyi, managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Politico, 11/21/2015.
 
Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumnus Nick Marro comments on his program’s immersive learning experience for an article on the new goal announced by the White House to increase the number of Americans studying Mandarin to one million by 2020. China Daily, 11/21/2015.
 
A growing share of foreign direct investment in Africa is coming from China, according to International Development Program Director Deborah Bräutigam. But many large projects have failed to materialize as challenges with infrastructure and local governments have proved that investment in Africa is not as easy as it first appears. The Economist, 11/21/2015.
 
Accepting an award for contributions to China studies at the 6th World Forum on China Studies in Shanghai, China Studies Director David Lampton stresses the need to strengthen the U.S.-China relationship in diplomacy as well as the two societies. Shanghai Daily, 11/21/2015.
 
Center for Transatlantic Relations Senior Fellow Federiga Bindi explains why the fight against ISIS and homegrown terrorism will require coordinated response from the European Union. Huffington Post, 11/20/2015.
 
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil points out that “Turkey has been playing a fairly duplicitous game” by tolerating ISIS while fighting the Kurds in Syria. France24, 11/19/2015.
 
A passage from Dean Vali Nasr’s book, The Dispensable Nation, is cited in an op-ed, Afghanistan—An End State All Can Live With Happily Ever After. Pakistan Observer, 11/19/2015.
 
Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen argues that in the fight against terrorism since 2001, the United States has persistently underestimated its enemies. The American Interest, 11/19/2015.
 
Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey recommends expanding India’s access to U.S. high-tech weapons systems to “deter Chinese (and Pakistani) provocations, defend India’s borders, and clarify the U.S. commitment to long-term strategic partnership.” NDTV, 11/19/2015.
 
The Nuclear Futures Project of the U.S.-Korea Institute is referenced in an article that breaks out four main categories of possible measures for dealing with North Korea. Forbes, 11/19/2015.
 
Dean Vali Nasr says the key to defeating ISIS hinges on reaching a diplomatic solution to the Syrian civil war. Johns Hopkins HUB, 11/18/2015.
 
Data from SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer is cited in an article, “Time to Think About Enlarging the TPP.” Nikkei Asian Review, 11/18/2015.
 
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky speaks with Bloomberg Surveillance about the Paris terror attacks and its potential economic impacts. Bloomberg Surveillance, 11/18/2015.
 
Center for Strategic Studies Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin testifies at the House Armed Services Committee, calling for a more intense air campaign against ISIS, the creation of a safe zone in Syria, and deployment of U.S. special forces. House Armed Services Committee, 11/18/2015.
 
How expensive is the Pentagon’s F-35 Stealth Fighter program? Strategic Studies student Kedar Pavgi created a website to help illustrate the incomprehensibly large numbers. Popular Science, 11/17/2015. 
 
Dean Vali Nasr notes that in the aftermath of recent ISIS terror attacks, France, Russia and the U.S. are motivated to coordinate their responses to the Syrian conflict. Wall Street Journal, 11/17/2015.
 
Tanvi Nagpal, associate director of the International Development program, writes about the lack of access to sanitary conditions for women and girls in the developing world. Huffington Post, 11/17/2015.
 
ISIS has lost 15 to 25 percent of its territory in Syria and Iraq over the last year. However, Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies Seth Jones warns that if history is any guide, the group will become more deadly and violent before it is defeated. Slate, 11/17/2015.
 
The Paris terror attacks have refocused the priorities of France, Russia and the U.S. to find more common ground in dealing with the threat of ISIS, says Dean Vali Nasr. PBS Newshour, 11/17/2015.
 
The White House should seize a chance to address the fault lines in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship during General Sharif's visit to Washington, writes Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey. Defense One, 11/17/2015.
 
European and Eurasian Studies Director Erik Jones writes in an op-ed that policymakers are binding themselves to future courses of action, but they need to respond flexibly to risks. Euro Insight, 11/16/2015.
 
The military campaign against ISIS is struggling from incrementalism and the lack of a comprehensive plan, says Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen. The Washington Post, 11/16/2015.
 
An op-ed in The Hill cites the assessment by Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer that the number of Russian forces deployed to Syria to date are not likely to make a difference in the Syrian civil war. The Hill, 11/16/2015.
 
 
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies Seth Jones comments on what the Paris attacks mean for the fight against ISIS. WBUR Radio Here and Now, 11/16/2015.
 
Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Abbas Kadhim argues that Saudi mosques and Saudi-financed media are “where the research and development of terrorism is conducted.” The Fiscal Times, 11/16/2015.
 
Center for Strategic Studies Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin discusses the next steps for Paris in the wake of ISIS terror attacks that killed 129 people. Bloomberg TV, 11/16/2015.
 
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil discusses the outlook for ground troops in Syria following the attacks in Paris. Bloomberg TV, 11/16/2015.
 
International Economics Professor Anne Krueger begins a one year term as Advisory Group Chair of the Center for Global Development. Center for Global Development, 11/15/2015.
 
Center for Strategic Studies Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin says the Paris terror attacks illustrate that the threat of ISIS stretches far beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria. Ozy, 11/15/2015.
 
To reduce the likelihood of armed conflict between India, Pakistan and China, Global Policy Program Director Daniel Markey recommends U.S. policymakers establish a permanent trilateral forum, add strings to its military assistance to Pakistan, and enhance India’s defensive security capabilities. Council on Foreign Relations, 11/15/2015.
 
Acting Director of African Studies Paul Lubeck comments on Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari’s efforts to root out Boko Haram. New York Times, 11/15/2015. 
 
The attacks of November 13 are not the mark of a growing Islamist threat on French soil, according to Middle East Studies Professor Camille Pecastaing. Instead, “They reveal a systemic failure of counterterrorism institutions to protect Paris.” Foreign Affairs, 11/14/2015.
 
Reischauer Center Director Kent Calder and Japan Studies Professor William Brooks offer perspectives on the contrasting approaches to diplomacy used by China and Japan. Japan Times, 11/14/2015.
 
According to the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Initiative, innovative and smartly designed PPPs with full public buy-in could be transformative in India and China. The Hill, 11/13/2015.
 
Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen considers what is lost when student-led movements neglect the Emersonian values of independence and resilience. The American Interest, 11/13/2015.
 
U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit says the current U.S. policy of “strategic patience” toward North Korea is not working to resolve the nuclear issue, and any hopes of a North Korea collapse amount to nothing more than “unrealistic magical thinking.” United Press International, 11/12/2015.
 
It’s time the U.S. considers package talks with North Korea on its nuclear program and a peace treaty as an alternative to the failed denuclearization-first policy, argues U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit. Yonhap News, 11/12/2015.
 
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management Daniel Serwer asserts that peace will remain elusive in Syria as long as Assad’s opponents are excluded from the diplomatic process. Press TV, 11/12/2015.   
 
U.S.-Korea Institute Visiting Scholar Joel Wit warns that as North Korea builds more nukes, it needs targets and Japan is a likely choice. Japan Times, 11/12/2015.
 
Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute finds evidence in satellite imagery that North Korea is constructing major expansions of its largest political prison camp. United Press International, 11/12/2015.
 
The Geopolitical Rules You Didn’t Know About are Under Siege, writes Center for Strategic Studies Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin. Ozy, 11/11/2015.
 
International Relations Lecturer Patricia Mechael discusses “How Real Numbers Can Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.” Devex, 11/11/2015.
 
ISIS is attempting to create sectarian divisions among Afghans, but the terror group will not be expanding to Afghanistan any time soon, according to Dean Vali Nasr. BBC World News America, 11/11/2015.
 
Conflict Management Lecturer Edward Joseph raises concerns that delaying Montenegro’s entry to the NATO alliance will allow Russia to exploit the small country’s vulnerabilities. Radio Sloboda Evropa, 11/11/2015.
 
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has criticized Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and military intervention in Syria, but according to Eric Edelman, practitioner-in-residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, the White House does not seem to share Carter’s assessment of Russia. Bloomberg View, 11/11/2015.