Maxwell School News and Commentary
Koch Weighs in on Western States Banning Foreign Groundwater Use in Stateline Article
“The U.S. has always been promoting and setting up this entire thing,” says Natalie Koch, professor of geography and the environment. “It’s not like the Americans are passive in this. We have absolutely helped sow the seeds for that Saudi agricultural industry that has come back to us now.”
See related: Middle East & North Africa, United States, Water
Monarch Quoted in VOA Article on China’s Shift Towards High-End Manufacturing
Ryan Monarch, assistant professor of economics, says it would be more difficult for China's manufacturing industry to transition to the high-end amid deteriorating U.S.-China relations and the decoupling of business between the two countries.
See related: China, Economic Policy
New Book Edited by Gueorguiev Examines the Increasingly Dire State of Academic Freedom in Asia
Dimitar Gueorguiev, associate professor of political science, has contributed to and edited "New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia" (Columbia University Press, 2023).
See related: Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia
Taylor Hamilton ’18 MPA/MA (IR) to Spend a Year in Asia as a Luce Scholar
The Maxwell School alum aspires to work as an urbanist and spatial equity advocate.
See related: Awards & Honors, East Asia, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, South Asia, State & Local, Urban Issues
McFate Talks to Newsweek About the Rift Between the Wagner Group and the Russian Military
"There's an ongoing public split between Wagner and the Russian military, and both sides are looking for symbolic wins," says Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.
See related: Conflict, International Affairs, Russia, Ukraine
Russell Sage Foundation Awards Grant for Kristy Buzard’s Research Project ‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’
Buzard, associate professor of economics, is part of a three-member team that will explore the extent to which mothers are more likely than fathers to be contacted by their child’s school.
See related: Child & Elder Care, Gender and Sex, Grant Awards, United States
McCormick Comments on the Use of Military Force Against Mexican Drug Cartels in Dallas Morning News
Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history, says Mexico already has a significant police and military presence on its side of the border and efforts to confront the cartels militarily have not solved the problem. “It’s been tried and it has failed colossally,” McCormick says. “So the idea to sort of try it again to me sounds utterly irresponsible.”
See related: Conflict, Congress, Latin America & the Caribbean, Terrorism & Extremism, United States
Engelhardt Weighs in on Fixing Social Security in CNN Article
It’s unlikely anything will be done in the near term, in part because of the current lack of bipartisanship in Washington, says Gary Engelhardt, professor of economics.
See related: Economic Policy, Retirement, United States
Williams Piece on Putin’s Fear of Democracy Published in the Atlantic Council UkraineAlert Blog
"Putin has always known that NATO poses no credible security threat to Russia itself. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO’s force posture and the U.S. military presence in Europe have greatly declined, reducing any potential military threat to Russia. What really scares the Russian elite is the spread of democracy," argues Michael John Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs.
Griffiths Contributes to New Book on Self-Determination and Secession
Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science, has contributed to and co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Self-Determination and Secession” (Routledge, 2023). It investigates debates surrounding issues of self-determination and secession as well as the legal, political and normative implications they give rise to.
See related: International Affairs, Law, National Security