Julie Smith quoted in POLITICO article, “How U.S., Allies Can Confront the China Challenge”

"Build Bridges: Others see big opportunities to respond to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 'The EU and the U.S. should create a joint investment fund that would support investment projects abroad and counter China’s BRI,' said Julianne Smith, director of the Asia Program and the Geopolitics Program at the German Marshall Fund — building on work on infrastructure development already underway in the region and welcoming Japan and Australia..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-08-01T08:50:38-04:00July 22, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith quoted in The Washington Post article, “China’s Campaign of ‘Genocide’ Could Bring the U.S. and E.U. Closer Together”

"A major problem, for now, is that Trump is a woeful standard-bearer of human rights and liberal values on the world stage, and his heavy-handed approach to Europe has impaired more substantive cooperation regarding China, said Julie Smith of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. "The Trump administration has 'spent far less time engaging European friends and partners on human rights issues, talking about things like Hong Kong, Taiwan and the situation of the Uighurs,' she said. A Democratic [...]

2020-07-10T09:43:47-04:00June 30, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith quoted in POLITICO article, “Trump’s Foreign Friends Race to Lock in Gains”

“‘It’s hard to name too many European countries that don’t have a ruptured relationship with the Trump administration. Poland is an exception,' said Julianne Smith, a former Obama appointee and top Pentagon official who described the decision to host Duda at the White House days before his election as 'shocking.' "An agreement on Fort Trump or increased U.S. troop presence may be far from certain, as there are some complex issues to settle -- who will foot the bill, for example [...]

2020-06-26T08:59:42-04:00June 24, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith writes with Jacob Stokes in the Washington Quarterly: “Facing Down the Sino-Russian Entente”

"'Great power competition' has, at least on paper, become the orienting principle for American strategy. That competition is usually defined as being between the United States and China as well as between the United States and the Russian Federation. Or it lumps them together in the vague category of 'great powers,' without much additional context. But a critical and underexamined factor in the current global geopolitical landscape is the relationship between Beijing and Moscow and how their ties affect US strategy [...]

Julie Smith quoted in The New York Times article, “Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally”

"'What Trump will never understand is that this move won’t hurt Merkel at all,' said Julianne Smith, a former Obama administration official now with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 'If he’s hoping to hurt her politically, this does nothing. It actually hurts us more. We are cutting off our nose to spite our face...'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-06-12T14:50:26-04:00June 5, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith quoted in The New York Times article, “Embattled at Home, Trump Finds Himself Isolated Abroad, Too”

"'It all shows just how out of touch Trump is with allies,' said Julianne Smith, a former Obama official now with the German Marshall Fund in Washington. 'This is a man isolated at home and abroad. He is trying to find friends in other places, knowing that relations with traditional allies are bad. But there are serious strains even with the authoritarians he admires, like Xi Jinping and even Putin.' "Mr. Trump 'continues to believe allies can be abused and mistreated [...]

2020-06-05T14:42:25-04:00June 2, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith and Meghan O’Sullivan in conversation on the Post-Pandemic Order podcast

"On this week’s episode of Post Pandemic Order, host Julie Smith discusses the coronavirus and disruptions in the global energy market with Meghan O’Sullivan the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School where she also directs the Geopolitics of Energy Project. "The insight-packed 20 minute conversation dives into the pandemic’s effect on energy trends, the international energy transition, the state of international cooperation on energy issues, and much more..." Listen to the full episode [...]

2020-06-05T13:48:03-04:00May 28, 2020|Economy & Trade|

Julie Smith writes with Laura Rosenberger in Newsweek: “While the U.S. Sits Back, China Is Using Covid-19 to Cozy Up to Europe”

"As the world has grappled with COVID-19, China has sought to leverage the crisis for geopolitical advantage. To do so, China isn't relying on the traditional forms of statecraft, such as diplomacy. Instead, it is pairing highly publicized aid with public bullying, bombastic rhetoric and outright coercion. "We have spent the last month closely monitoring Chinese donations to European allies and the messages that have accompanied them. These cases—which involve at least 23 different countries in Europe—tell us a lot about [...]

2020-05-15T10:11:49-04:00May 14, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith quoted in CNN article, “Covid-19’s Threat to European Unity”

"'The debates over corona bonds remain fierce, with some countries pushing for these grants (instead of loans) and others, like Germany, strongly opposing the idea,' Julie Smith, senior adviser to the president of the German Marshall Fund and director of their Asia program, told me. "Smith spent 2018 in Germany focused on German foreign policy and relations with Asia. "'Either way, if Germany folds and gives in or if it holds steady and refuses, anti-EU sentiment will likely rise. If German [...]

2020-05-15T10:22:17-04:00May 7, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Julie Smith writes with Garima Mohan in War on the Rocks: “In A Crisis, A Fumbling America Confirms Europe’s Worst Fears”

"Europeans have been watching America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with alarm. Last week’s news that the United States plans to freeze funding for the World Health Organization was seen as yet another piece of evidence that the United States is shedding its traditional, global leadership role. In over one hundred interviews, emails, and texts with policymakers, analysts, and colleagues across the European continent, we have found universal shock and disappointment over both America’s failure to lead in this crisis and [...]

2020-04-24T10:45:45-04:00April 23, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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