Former US defense official calls US arms sales to Taiwan a catalyst for cross-Strait dialogue

A recent event at the Keough School’s Washington office was featured in a South China Morning Post article about US arms sales to Taiwan.

Keynote speaker Randall Schriver, former assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, and a distinguished panel of experts offered a wide-ranging analysis on Taiwan’s elections and their implications on US-China relations.

Originally published at on January 17, 2020.

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Catholic ethicists question US assassination of Iranian general

Gerard Powers, director of Catholic peacebuilding studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, considered the ethics and debate surrounding the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a National Catholic Reporter article.

“Rather than a muscular unilateralism, what is needed is restraint, dialogue and a commitment to use US power and influence to promote cooperative security in the region.”

Originally published at on January 13, 2020.

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America is in deep trouble

George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, raises questions about US foreign policy towards Iran, and advocates that sanctions policy should be tied to intense diplomacy, in an op-ed published in The Hill.

“Seldom has there been a more critical time for Congress, the press, and the public to check such instincts and actions before they lead to continued military confrontations.”

Originally published at on January 9, 2020.

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