April 4, 2020

Larus Comments on Presidents Suspending Constitutional Rights During Crises

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus, professor of political science and international affairs, contributed to an article entitled, “Can President Trump suspend constitutional rights of Americans due to the coronavirus crisis? Experts say unlikely,” on MEAWW.com.

“There has been talk of suspending the Constitution during times of crisis, such as President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s extraordinary wartime powers, such as the internment of Americans of Japanese descent,” Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Department of Political Science, University of Mary Washington told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).

“Americans have (sometimes grudgingly, sometimes willingly) acquiesced to enhanced executive power during times of national crisis, with the understanding that things ‘get back to normal’ once the crisis has passed. This, in fact, happened during WWII. However, that was when Americans had faith in our government. Americans no longer have that level of trust in the federal government,” she said. Read more.

Can President Trump suspend constitutional rights of Americans due to coronavirus crisis? Experts say unlikely (MEAWW)

UMW Fulbright professor evacuated from Poland (The Free Lance-Star)

Larus Offers Guest Lecture on Impeachment at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered an open lecture “U.S. Impeachment: Presidents and Process” at the Doctoral School of the University of Marie Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin, Poland. Professor Larus is a Fulbright Research Scholar at UMCS in Spring 2020. Her lecture introduced faculty and graduate students to impeachment provisions in the U.S. Constitution and walked them through the impeachment process. She then compared and contrasted the impeachment cases of U.S. presidents Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. Dr. Larus’ presentation was followed by robust Q&A and discussion of U.S. presidential and congressional politics. Graduate students from Poland, Ukraine, and Nigeria participated in discussion.

Larus Participates in Seminar on South China Sea Disputes

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the seminar “Regional and Global Implications of Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea,” at the University of Warsaw, Poland, on February 21, 2020. Dr. Larus joined scholars from the University of Warsaw, the Warsaw School of Economics, and Marie Curie-Skłowdowska University for a discussion of legal aspects of the disputes and the increasing militarization of the South China Sea. Guest speaker Professor Stanislaw Pawlak, a judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, commented on the Philippines’ case against China’s claims, and the landmark 2016 arbitral decision in favor of the Philippines. Dr. Larus commented on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent decision not to renew the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Dr. Larus claimed that the failure to renew the VFA was the most serious threat to the nearly 70-year military alliance that the United States has with the Philippines. She continued that the U.S. loss was China’s gain, and that the lack of VFA threatens the Philippines’s domestic security as well as the security of the Asia-Pacific. Professor Larus also commented on recent Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea carried out by the UK’s Royal Navy. She claimed that the UK has maintained interest in Southeast Asia since the colonial era, and as a sea power, is determined to maintain freedom of the seas, even after Brexit. Comments were followed by discussion with scholars from Poland, the United States, and New Zealand.

Larus Offers Guest Lecture at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered a guest lecture “The Chinese Dream and the New Silk Road” to faculty and students at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland on February 4, 2020. Dr. Larus is in Poland throughout the Spring 2020 semester on a Fulbright Research Grant. She is conducting research on the political and economic significance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (aka New Silk Road) investment in Central and Eastern Europe.

Romney’s Impeachment Vote Unlikely to Spoil his 2024 Utah Dreams Despite Trump’s Popularity Surge: Experts (MEAWW.com)

Larus Comments on Romney Impeachment Vote

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered comments to MEAWW news on Senator Mitt Romney’s historic impeachment vote. Professor Larus believes that the Utah senator will run in the upcoming polls, and although there are some voters in Utah who will come out to vote against Romney, he need not worry about his political standing in the state.

“Romney is likely to run in 2024,” she said. “The 2024 poll is far enough out that his vote to convict and remove President Trump will not likely make a difference in the election outcome. Some voters in Utah will come out against him because of his vote, but Romney is not in a vulnerable seat,” the professor said. Read more.

 

Larus Comments on CNBC on Taiwan Presidential Elections

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered commentary January 10 on CNBC Asia’s Capital Connection on the 2020 Taiwan presidential election. Professor Larus indicated that incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen benefited from the Hong Kong protests and that she would likely be reelected. Dr. Larus projected that a second Tsai administration will continue to diversify Taiwan’s economy and distance itself from China, and that Beijing will put more heat on Taipei, bringing the U.S. into play.

Capital Connection is a television business news program aired every weekday on various CNBC channels around the world. It is broadcast live from Singapore. Access the commentary at:

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/10/taiwan-vote-will-have-a-big-impact-on-relations-with-us-and-china-expert.html

 

Larus Comments on Radio Free Asia on Taiwan Elections

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, was interviewed by Radio Free Asia on January 10 on the 2020 Taiwan presidential election. RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where the local media is often censored. In her commentary, Professor Larus indicated that if reelected, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will continue to distance Taipei from Beijing, and that Beijing will continue to heighten pressure on Taipei.

Listen to the broadcast here:
1月11日,台湾将进行第7次总统全民直选民主投票。台湾大选后,两岸、美台关系会发生什么变化?
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/rc-01102020100909.html