Category Archives: General News

“Can America still be trusted with classified information?”

Tower Chair and national security expert Josh Rovner weighed in on the possible consequences of President Trump sharing classified intelligence with Russian officials. The original source of the information that Trump leaked was reported to be Israel, viewed as one of … Continue reading

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Ambassador Robert Jordan on President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia

Tower Center Diplomat-in-Residence Ambassador Robert Jordan weighed in on President Trump’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia. “There’s a degree of nervousness,” Jordan told the Dallas Morning News. Diplomats prefer predictability and clear foreign policy, according to Jordan, which is something … Continue reading

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U.S.-China Relations and the Trump Administration

Tower Chair Josh Rovner edited a policy roundtable discussing the U.S.-China relationship under President Trump. “The stable maritime-land balance is now in question, at least to some observers, because of China’s economic and military rise,” Rovner wrote. Trump’s shifting attitude … Continue reading

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Meeting Basic Health Needs in a Venezuela in Crisis

In a new report for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Tower Center senior fellow Katherine Bliss examines the deteriorating health situation in Venezuela, where the administration of President Nicolás Maduro has been reluctant to seek external assistance to address the resurgence of … Continue reading

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Immigration and Refugee Policy in Donald Trump’s America

Tower Center Director James Hollifield wrote an essay on immigration and President Trump in a roundtable edited by Tower Chair Joshua Rovner. The roundtable explores the question of national security in regards to Trump’s proposals. “This question is particularly important given that … Continue reading

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Black and Hispanic students are less likely to graduate college, study finds

Tower Center Research Associate Dominique Baker published a paper, “The Racial College Completion Gap: Evidence From Texas” with Stella Flores and Toby Park in the Journal of Higher Education. Baker found in her research that the college completion gap has more … Continue reading

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WATCH: Josh Rovner on “mother of all bombs” dropped in Afghanistan

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Josh Rovner | “In Syria, where will U.S. intervention stop?”

President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria allegedly in response to the use of chemical weapons in an attack carried out by the Assad regime in the Idlib Province April 4. Tower Chair and security studies … Continue reading

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SMU Professors Awarded Colin Powell Fellowship

Three SMU professors Sabri Ates, Michael Lusztig, and Hiroki Takeuchi were awarded the Colin Powell Global Order and Foreign Policy Fellowship for 2017-2018. The award, designed to increase research and scholarship and to enhance teaching effectiveness, gives SMU faculty members up … Continue reading

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Policy Roundtable | “Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election”

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner edited and wrote the introduction for the International Security Studies Forum’s newest roundtable, “Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” Russian intelligence officials stole and leaked information from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign … Continue reading

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