In Asia Trump could learn subtleties of North Korean issue

This week President Trump will embark in his first visit to Asia, a 13-day trip with scheduled stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The trip is seen as a chance for the administration to clarify its stance on outstanding foreign policy issues in the region, such as the handling of North […]

Trump-Erdogan is an oft-repeated summit between rivals

Today’s scheduled meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump at the White House will take place amid a general chilling of relations between the two countries. Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, likens the occasion to many summits between […]

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 […]

Cornell professors comment on Trump’s presidency

  Working-class Trump supporters need better jobs, unions’ help Ileen Devault, professor of labor History at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who studies the history of the working class in America and author of “Sons and Daughters of Labor,” explains why a key to unifying the nation must involve elevating workers into a […]

Changing technology prompts NATO’s shift on cyber warfare

Barry Strauss, military historian and chair of the history department at Cornell University, comments on NATO’s likely upcoming agreement on cyberspace as a warfare domain. He says wise leaders recognize innovation in military technology. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says: “It’s not surprising that NATO is likely to agree at its summit next month to recognize […]

Obama’s balancing act – reduce U.S. footprint while holding world order

President Obama has embarked in a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany where he will discuss a broad range of political and economic issues with leaders in the Gulf states and Europe. Barry Strauss, a professor of history at Cornell University, says the trip is a balancing act for Obama. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss […]

Downed Russian jet may mean escalation in fragile, war-torn Middle East

Barry Strauss, military historian, prolific author, and chair of the History Department at Cornell University, says escalation may result from the downing of the Russian jet in Turkey. Strauss says: “Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet reminds us that the Middle East is war-torn and fragile – it’s a series of glass houses and many […]

After Paris attacks, two opposing strategies seen as the way forward

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of history at Cornell University, says in the days ahead, the world will react to the Paris attacks with measured responses. However, further attacks by ISIS, may force leaders into all-out war. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says:    “The Paris attacks […]

US should stay out of Syria says Cornell historian

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 30, 2015 US should stay out of Syria says Cornell historian Barry Strauss, military historian, prolific author, and chair of the Department of History at Cornell University, says U.S. military action in Syria carries high risks and shouldn’t be pursued. Strauss says: “The overarching issue in Syria is strategic. […]

Secession similarities, from Crimea to Catalonia

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict and professor of History at Cornell University, notes that secession movements in Venice, Scotland, Quebec and in Spain’s Catalonia region starkly differ from the movement to split Crimea from Ukraine. Strauss says: “When it comes to secession movements, one size does not fit all. The […]