First in a series of profiles of Awards of Excellence recipients is Keome Rowe ’16 M.P.A./M.A. (IR), who is currently serving as deputy cultural affairs officer for the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
President Joe Biden recently held a virtual Summit for Democracy to amplify U.S. commitments to defend democracy. But what can the Biden administration realistically hope to achieve from the summit? Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, says, "A humbler approach is needed in which the United States creates a platform for dialogue about how to shift power to citizens rather than prescribing democracy templates." In their article "When Promoting Democracy, Less Is More," published in Foreign Policy, Herrold and co-author Aseem Prakash recommend three primary reforms.
Top Pentagon leaders testified publicly before lawmakers for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington Programs, spoke with CBS News, Deutsche Welle and WAER about their testimony and the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
"Biden does have a challenge," says Professor Grant Reeher. "He is arguing, 'I am here as the American president to be the leading voice.' But then he is subject to people saying, 'Wait a minute, look at what you folks have been going through. Why is it you? Why isn’t it [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel? Or one of the other leaders?'"