Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Post-2011
On Thursday, July 13, Raffaella Del Sarto will speak at a talk held at London's Chatham House titled “Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Post-2011.” Del Sarto and other speakers will discuss the changing territorial borders in the MENA region, and reflect on their broader political and conceptual implications.
Saudi Arabia change of secession to distract from domestic issues
On CNBC, Sanam Vakil speaks about the wide implications of the new Saudi Arabian line of secession. “We're going to see much more of a robust and ambitious Saudi Arabia, building on a number of events that have taken place over the past year,” Vakil said. According to Vakil, Saudi leaders are likely responding to internal pressure as oil prices decline and a very young population is in need of jobs.
Qatar Reminds Gulf Critics of 9/11 as Crisis in Third Week
As the Qatar Crisis embroiling the Gulf Arab monarchies enters its third week, Bloomberg Business quotes Sanam Vakil in an article on why the crisis will not have a quick resolution. According to Vakil, the United States is not focused on the region right now. “Qatar doesn't have much of a choice in this,” Vakil said. “There has to be a face-saving measure and a quick resolution would signal weakness.”
How Deep Is Iran's State?
Foreign Affairs published a review of an article Sanam Vakil co-wrote earlier this year about Iran's next supreme leader. The author comments that Vakil and her co-author, Hossein Rassam, "convincingly argue" that the death of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, marks a turning point in the country's history. But, according to the reviewer, both place too much faith in the strength of the state.
U.S. Foreign Policy and the Transatlantic Relationship
In a recent issue of Strategika, an online journal published by the Hoover Institution, Erik Jones writes about the complicated dynamics of relations across the Atlantic. “Transatlantic partnership and European integration need constant investment,” he writes. “There is always space for disagreement in relations across the Atlantic, but those relationships cannot be taken for granted.”
17° Seminário sobre comércio internacional
On Friday, June 9, Michael Plummer spoke at a conference on international trade in São Paulo, Brazil. There, Plummer reflected on the current state of international trade in light of recent events such as Brexit, Trump's election and the growth of right-wing movements in Europe, as well as what these new events mean for the role of free trade, commercial multilateralism and the WTO.
1967 – 2017: Nationalism and its Discontent in Israel/Palestine
On Wednesday, June 7, Raffaella Del Sarto spoke at a workshop on identity formation and nationalism in Israel and Palestine. At the workshop, which was held at the European University Institute in Florence, Del Sarto presented her book, Israel Under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right.
L'Europa dopo la Brexit (in Italian)
On Tuesday, June 6, SAIS Resident Professor Mark Gilbert and CCSDD Director and SAIS Adjunct Professor Justin Frosini were speakers at an event organized by the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Siena on "L'Europa dopo la Brexit".
Russians hoping to keep dealings with Trump secret will get found out
The Global Financial Market Review quoted Erik Jones in an article on the possible ties between President Trump and the Kremlin. According to Jones, the extent to which the Trump Administration has gone to hide the link between Trump and the Kremlin has been problematic. “I think everybody in Russia who has done business with Trump is going to get found out at some point,” Jones said.
Les Grecs vont encore devoir se serrer la ceinture (in French)
Vincent Della Sala is quoted in an Ouest-France article on the new cuts in public spending that were recently approved by the Greek Parliament as Greece continues to try to pay its massive debt. Noting the inadequacies of the initial bailout, Della Sala says, “The first bailout to help Greece was largely consumed to repay French and German banks. Few funds have arrived into Greek government coffers.”