Professor Michael Green comments on the implications of Pyongyang's failed 'rocket' launch even as expectations of a potential nuclear test grows. Should the US "ratchet up the pressure" on China to restrain North korea?
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In this installment of the Asian Studies Program's Public Health in Asia Initiative, Dr. Noelle Selin, MIT Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmoshperic Chemistry, discussed her group's research on air pollution's effects on public health in China and beyond.
Jeonghoon Ha currently serves as a political researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, he worked as a research intern in the Korea Chair and the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS). He received his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2011 and will pursue a Master's in East Asian Studies at Stanford University.
"Learning from great scholars such as Professors Victor Cha, Michael Green and Pamela Sodhy greatly enhanced my understanding of East Asia and prepared me for a job that deals extensively with ROK-US Relations and US strategy in the Asia-Pacific. In addition, learning experiences at GU Asian Studies program helped me enormously throughout my graduate school application process. Therefore, I would advise students to fully utilize learning opportunities available through our Asian Studies department."
SFS-Q students, faculty and staff recently returned from a Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace learning trip to Cambodia.
The excursion provided students with real-life exposure to conflict zones and the methods and theories of conflict resolution which they have been examining in the classroom context in preceding months. SFS-Q students and guests encountered both the darker side of Cambodian history, and a lighter and more hopeful outlook in the recovering nation.
Read more about their trip at Gulf Times.
SFS' Andrew Natsios recently wrote about unlinking food aid from nuclear talks in the Washington Post.
The Obama administration pledged 240,000 metric tons of food aid and nutritional supplements for children just as the president’s North Korean envoy, Steve Bosworth, announced that Washington would resume four-party nuclear talks. Bosworth acknowledged that the food aid would demonstrate to the North Koreans “that they are getting something in return for the freeze in their nuclear activities.”
Obama officials are repeating the mistakes the U.S. government made in the 1990s when it used food aid in the midst of famine to coax North Korea to the nuclear table. We all know the results of that effort: North Korea has probably six to eight nuclear weapons, and its poor continue to endure hunger and starvation.
To read more about U.S. and North Korean relations, check out "Stop feeding North Korea's nuclear ambition".
A recent announcement from the White House included several new nominations within the administration, including BSFS alumna Piper A.W. Campbell being nominated as Ambassador to Mongolia.
Piper A. W. Campbell is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, Iraq since July 2011. Prior to her time in Iraq, Ms. Campbell was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. From 2006 to 2009, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Cambodia. Other overseas posts have included Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs for the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland; Advisor to the USAID Mission Director in Croatia; Senior Advisor to the Head of Civilian Affairs for the United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia, Croatia; General Services Officer in Belgium; and General Services Officer and Consular Officer in the Philippines. Domestically, Ms. Campbell has served as an Advisor on Asian Issues for the U.S. Mission to the U.N.; Human Rights Officer in the Bureau of International Organizations; and a Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center. Ms. Campbell holds a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.
Read more about the nominations announced by the White House.
The latest issue of Faith Complex, featuring in the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring an interview with Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group Jamaa Islamiya (JI). While floating in those circles in the late 1970s he made the acquaintance of one Ayman al-Zawahiri, currently the leader of Al Qaeda.
Click to watch the video and hear Hamid's views on Islamic groups in the Arab world and the Arab Spring.
Full title: "When David Meets Goliath: How Global Markets and Rules are Shaping India’s Rise To Power"
On March 1, the Office of the Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Asian Studies Department, and the Mortara Center for International Studies are bringing distinguished scholars of India to campus to explore the wide array of political, social, historical, and economic dynamics at play as India emerges to new levels of political and economic prominence on the world's stage.
Dr. Aseema Sinha is the Wagener Chair of South Asian Politics and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. She previously taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in DC. Her research interests relate to political economy of India, India-China comparisons, International Organizations, and the rise of India as an emerging power. She teaches courses on South Asia, Social Movements, Globalization and Developing Countries, and on Comparative Politics. She has authored a prize-winning book, The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India: A Divided Leviathan (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005). She is also an author of journal articles on federalism, subnational comparisons in India, India and China, business collective action in India, and public expenditure across Indian states. Her articles have appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Business and Politics, Journal of Democracy, and India Review. She is completing a book titled: When David Meets Goliath: How Global Markets and Rules are Shaping India's Rise to Power.
On February 16, the Office of the Dean of the School of Foreign Service, the Asian Studies Department, and the Mortara Center for International Studies welcomed Dr. Cecilia Van Hollen, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, for a presentation entitled 'Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India.' The lecture is a part of the year-long Global India Lecture Series.
Dr. Van Hollen is the Director of the National Resource Center for South Asian Studies in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a Trustee of the American Institute for India Studies and of the South Asia Language Institute. her research has examined the impact of HIV/AIDS on the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in India based on ethnographic research conducted between 2003 and 2008. She focuses on the local responses to the global health program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and demonstrates that although the program being implemented in India is an effective public health intervention in terms of reducing transmission rates, it has often had negative social consequences on the lives of low-income women who test HIV-positive during pregnancy.