Category Archives: General News

Is Russia getting cozy with North Korea?

Tower Chair and National Security expert Joshua Rovner talked to CBS’s Roshini Rajkumar about North Korea and its relationships with China, Russia and the U.S. Rovner said the Trump administration is trying to isolate North Korea like the administrations before. … Continue reading

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Luisa del Rosal advises forum at SMU to promote gender equality

SMU is hosting the third annual Women’s Ambassador Forum (WAF) June 6-9, which is bringing in 25 young women from 18 different countries to attend seminars and learn how to become leaders and promote gender equality in their home countries. Tower … Continue reading

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Tower Center experts weigh in on U.S. leaving the Paris climate accord

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield and Tower Center Associate Bud Weinstein, also associate director of the SMU Maguire Energy Institute, talked to Dallas Morning News reporter Jill Cowan about President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. … Continue reading

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TC Director and Associate: Climate Change has displaced millions

President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement that the Obama administration ratified. As of May 2017, 144 countries had ratified the agreement and 195 countries had signed it. After the agreement was negotiated, Tower … Continue reading

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Navigating Democracy in Tunisia

Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a government building in Tunisia Dec. 17, 2010. Following his death in early 2011, protests and riots erupted throughout the country, unseating President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years … Continue reading

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“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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