Former ambassador comments on U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Tower Center Diplomat-in-Residence and former U.S.-Ambassador Robert Jordan was interviewed by Fox Business News about the United States’ recent arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the Iran Deal. Jordan argues that the arms sales are good for some workers, but that the United States should be cognizant of how the weapons are being used.

“We need to be very careful in terms of whether the Saudi’s are truly protecting civilian lives in this terrible catastrophe in Yemen,” Jordan said.

Watch the full interview here.

Jieun Pyun: Freedom in Asia is in Danger

Tower Center Fellow Jieun Pyun wrote an article for the George W. Bush Presidential Center about the low and diminishing levels of freedom in Burma, North Korea, and other Asian countries. A new report from Freedom House found that global freedom has declined for the 12th consecutive year.

“It is our moral responsibility to stand with the 2.5 billion people whose human rights are being violated,” Pyun wrote.

Read her full essay here.

Luisa del Rosal comments on Mexican tech show at SXSW

SMU Tower Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal was quoted by the Dallas Morning News in an article about the Mexican technology showcase at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. “Mexico is showing, look what we can do together because we have talented people, and look at the people that can come here and invest in the U.S. and in Texas,” she said.

Read the full article here.

Tower Center Experts Weigh in on Texas Primaries

Tower Center Senior Fellows Matthew Wilson and Harold Clarke commented on the record-breaking Democratic turnout in the Texas primary March 6.

“Tuesday’s results are a cautionary result for everybody,” Wilson said in the Dallas Observer. He cautioned against generalizing about the results.

“There are still more Republican voters than Democrats,” Clarke said in the Caller Times. “I think that’s sort of a reality check for the Democrats about the hill they have to climb in Texas.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Danielle Lemi Published in Du Bois Review

Our Postdoctoral Fellow in Latino Public Policy Danielle Lemi had her work “Are Asian Americans who have Interracial Relationships Politically Distinct?” coauthored with Augustine Kposowa published by the Cambridge University Press’ Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Lemi and Kposowa found that those with interracial partners are less likely to favor co-ethnic candidates, and are more likely to be concerned about race issues.

Read their full report.

Cal Jillson on the Democratic Surge in Texas Primaries

Tower Center Associate Cal Jillson was quoted in an NPR article discussing the rise of the Democratic vote in Texas primaries this past week.

“It’s one word — enthusiasm. In a midterm election like this, what you normally expect to see is the Republicans’ primary turnout might be twice what the Democratic turnout is, so to have the Democrats even with, and even slightly ahead, of Republicans in this midterm election is really extraordinary,” Jillson said.

Read the article here.

Alexander Betts: Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

Tower Center Fellow Alexander Betts wrote an op-ed for Foreign Policy, “Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees.”  The United Nations offered to loan Tanzania $1 million to support refugees, but Tanzania rejected the offer saying rich countries need to donate money, not lend it to be helpful. Betts argues that the West needs to find an alternative solution to support refugees than to have already poor countries borrow from the World Bank.

“Tanzania’s announcement is a reminder that if the refugee system is to be sustainable, distant donor states must listen more attentively to the concerns of host countries,” Betts wrote.

Read his argument here.

Matthew Wilson: Ted Cruz Should Run Scared

Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson was interviewed by Fox news about the rise of Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke and his senate campaign. Wilson believes incumbent Senator Ted Cruz has a strong base in Texas, but also that Cruz is wise to be wary of O’Rourke.

“I think Cruz should run scared, because any smart incumbent should run scared and never take anything for granted,” Wilson said.

You can watch the full video highlight produced by SMU here.

Carolyn Smith-Morris discusses the Flu Epidemic on KERA

Tower Center Associate Carolyn Smith-Morris was interviewed by KERA News Radio about her upcoming talk at SMU: “The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective” Feb. 22. Smith-Morris described her interviews with those who lived in Ebola-affected neighborhoods, and argues that humans essentially respond with the same sort of fear to all epidemic threats.

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