Trump, Netanyahu: Two leaders on shaky domestic ground

Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, says that Trump and Netanyahu – scheduled to meet at the White House on Wednesday – are both facing serious international challenges while on shaky domestic ground and the interplay between them is likely to be as […]

Drone policy under Trump to follow Obama trajectory

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert in international security and use of drones, says that under Trump’s leadership, CIA chief Mike Pompeo is likely to continue drone policy established by the Obama administration. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/sarah-kreps   Kreps says:  “Trump has given us no reason to think that his policies on drones would […]

Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought

ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshly harvested data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals that the ringed planet’s moons may be younger than previously thought. “All of these Cassini mission measurements are changing our view of the Saturnian system, as it turns our old theories upside down,” said Radwan Tajeddine, Cornell University research associate in astronomy and a […]

The ‘Taiwan card’ is bound to backfire spectacularly

Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government and author of “Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations” says that by hinting at Taiwan as an independent government, Trump is jeopardizing China-U.S. relations on the one topic over which Beijing is likely to retaliate.  Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jessica-chen-weiss   Weiss says: “Playing the so-called ‘Taiwan card’ to pressure […]

Colombian civil war lasted long after ideologies were lost

Kenneth Roberts professor of government at Cornell University and expert in Latin American politics says that the Colombian peace agreement may bring an end to Latin America’s longest-lived – and sole remaining – civil war.  Biography: http://government.cornell.edu/kenneth-roberts   Roberts says: “A relic of the Cold War, Colombia’s civil war long ago lost most of its political […]

Fear of Trump’s authoritarianism ‘overblown’

Andrew Little, professor of government at Cornell University and expert on authoritarian regimes, says Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric – such as his recent Tweet suggesting he would revoke citizenship for flag burning – doesn’t translate into an imminent threat to American democracy. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/andrew-thomas-little   Little says: “Although some of Donald Trump’s rhetoric sounds familiar to those […]

When judging other people, first impressions last

 ITHACA, N.Y. – A well-known saying urges people to “not judge a book by its cover.” But people tend to do just that – even after they’ve skimmed a chapter or two, according to Cornell University research. Vivian Zayas, professor of psychology at Cornell University, and her colleagues found that people continue to be influenced […]

Moderates, not extremists, swung the election for Trump

Jonathon Schuldt, professor of communication at Cornell University, and Peter Enns, professor of government at Cornell University and director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, worked with their undergraduate students in a public opinion course to survey voters ahead of the election, and found a previously undiscovered pocket of Trump supporters which – […]

Buying experiences makes you more grateful, generous

Media note: Please find a copy of Jesse Walker, Amit Kumar, and Thomas Gilovich’s paper “Cultivating Gratitude and Giving Through Experiential Consumption” here. ITHACA, N.Y. – On Thanksgiving, many of us take a moment to reflect on what we’re grateful for — and we get notable rewards for doing so. Feeling gratitude leads to important […]

Trump, Le Pen: same base, different politics

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says that while voters are choosing populist candidates on both sides of the Atlantic, neo-nationalists in Europe are very different than Trump. Biography: http://www.soc.cornell.edu/people/faculty/berezin/ Berezin says: “Forces […]