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AU Newsmakers 5.4-5.11, 2018
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No Longer Held Back by His Advisors, Trump Puts His Imprint in Foreign Policy
In the aftermath of President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, School of International Service Professor James Goldgeier spoke to The New York Times about Trump's foreign policy decisions. Goldgeier said, “Trump is making unilateral decisions with long-term consequences for U.S. foreign policy with little grasp of the issues, but he's delivering on his campaign promises and undoing Obama's legacy, both of which are important to him.” SIS Assistant Professor Stephen Tankel wrote an article for Politico about the increase in military operations in the Trump administration, SIS Professorial Lecturer Doga Erlap spoke to The Globe and Mail and Gordon Adams, SIS professor emeritus, spoke with Brazil's O Globo about the decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal. (5/9; 5/8)

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Preparing Students to Face the Unknown Unknowns
Patrick Jackson, associate dean for curriculum and learning in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion article for University World News about the value of an international relations education. Jackson wrote, “Our most important role [as educators] is to give students the opportunity to acquire and refine the critical intellectual dispositions that will allow them to take informed and defensible positions on complex issues.” (5/4)
Why Graduation Rates Lag for Low-Income Students
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Nathan Favero wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the graduation rate for low-income students. Favero wrote, “As a result of their backgrounds, Pell Grant students--like other low-income students--tend to face many unique personal barriers to completing a college degree.” The article ran in 26 outlets, including The Los Angeles Times and CNBC. (5/8)

Kanye West Likened Slavery to a Choice. History Says Otherwise.
Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi spoke to The New York Times about the misconceptions behind Kanye West's statements likening slavery to a choice. Kendi said, “The ideas that he is sharing are actually quite old. There was a very prominent pro-slavery theory that black people were not resisting enslavement because they recognized that enslavement was better for them. That lasted even among scholars that wrote about slavery well into the 1940s and 1950s.” (5/5)
A Not-So-Secret War for Control of the Internet
Laura DeNardis, professor of communication, appeared on Marketplace Weekend to discuss the rules governing the internet. DeNardis said, “Many people view the internet as uncontrollable or not governed but it is already governed… It is governed through an ecosystem that involves the private sector, traditional governments and also new institutions.” (5/4)
Melania Trump Steps Out of Donald's Shadow- After a Year and a Half
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Guardian about the role of First Lady Melania Trump in the White House. Speaking about the first state dinner Mrs. Trump hosted, McBride said, “It was beautiful. The White House looked seamless and elegant.” (5/7)
How the Deportation Crackdown Is Hurting Immigrant Victims of Crime
Leslye Orloff, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Huff Post about the new ICE policy not to make arrests inside courthouses. Orloff said, “Along with federal laws, [ICE policy] should substantially make a difference in ending courthouse enforcement against immigrant crime victims and assuring that courthouses will once again be safe places where immigrant victims can turn to for help.” (5/8)
Legal Team Drama
Allan Lichtman, professor of history, appeared on WTTG-Fox5 to discuss the legal drama surrounding President Trump. Lichtman said, “The president not only lies inveterately, but has no concept of the truth.” (5/7)
Electric Vehicles Support U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
Frank DuBois, associate professor in the Kogod School of Business, was quoted in Fuse about the impact a vehicle's domestic structure has on the American economy. DuBois wrote, “A vehicle's domestic manufacturing composition plays a key role in determining its overall impact on the American economy.” (5/8)
What Can Ads Do for Addiction
Communication Professor Wendy Melillo spoke to Gray DC about how ads can help people suffering from addiction. Melillo said, “Ad campaigns ought to learn from Scruff McGruff … the Crime Dog's success as a public service announcement stems from its ability to point the audience to the next step.” (5/8)
Perpetuation of Segregation in an Increasingly Diverse America
Michael Bader, assistant professor of sociology, appeared on Detroit Today to discuss the perpetuation of segregation in an increasingly diverse America. Bader said, “What's been disheartening, is that in many places where blacks and Latinos especially, and in some places Asians have moved, they have integrated the neighborhood, and white folks don't flee anymore as much as they used to, but new white folks aren't moving in.” (5/8)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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