Cornell experts offer four perspectives on Brexit

Experts in finance, European politics and history from Cornell University react to the U.K.’s vote to withdraw from the European Union. Barry Strauss: Brexit will be a textbook case for years to come of how leadership makes the difference Strauss is an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of […]

Defeat of far-right in Austria is no cause for celebration

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.” Despite the defeat of the Austrian far-right party, she says the political group remains strong and the European Union remains muted in the face of extremism. […]

Three takes on New Hampshire primaries

The Republican establishment Glenn C. Altschuler, co-author of Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the 19th Century, says campaign ads will reveal a lot about the Republican establishment. Bio: https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sce/altschuler/index.php Altschuler says: “It will be important to watch the ads. Will the ‘establishment’ candidates – Rubio, Kasich, Christie and Bush – go after Donald Trump with the hope of […]

Trump’s visceral campaign will be tested in Iowa, New Hampshire

Mabel Berezin, a Cornell University sociologist whose current work focuses on contemporary sites of social, political and cultural change, says Trump’s visceral campaign may take him all the way to the nomination. Bio: http://www.soc.cornell.edu/faculty/berezin.html Berezin says: “Donald Trump is running on the visceral – meaning he has displayed an almost preternatural ability to tap the […]

Marine Le Pen is gone, but only until next time

Regional elections in France ended with the defeat in the second round of voting of the National Front – a right-wing, anti-European party that has recently gathered supporters for its nationalistic and anti-migrants stances. Mabel Berezin, a sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says it would be a mistake to […]

Marine Le Pen on upward trajectory in French regional elections

On Sunday Dec. 6, France will vote to elect presidents of its thirteen regions. Since the early fall, opinion polls have indicated that – for the first time – the right-wing anti-immigrant party National Front is likely to win in two regions. Mabel Berezin, sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says […]

Obama, Hollande White House handshake could reshape French politics

U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will meet at the White House on Tuesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts and ways to fight ISIS. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert on France and European politics and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in […]

After Paris, Europe should avoid border policy extremes

Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert on France and European politics and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” She says that although many of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks were born and raised in Europe, […]

Refugee crisis causing nationalist right to sweep Europe

Cornell University sociologist Mabel Berezin says the Greek and refugee crisis has pushed more Europeans toward the nationalist right movement – evident in the latest election results in Poland. Berezin says: “On October 25, Poland followed a West European trend and elected a right nationalist government.  That same day, the European Union Council met and […]

Good outcome unlikely at European weekend summit on migration crisis

With tens of thousands of migrants entering Slovenia this last week, Europe is scrambling for a solution. The European Commission called for a mini-summit on Sunday, but Cornell University sociologist Mabel Berezin says that despite the effort to bring states together, the crisis might be the last nail in the European Union’s coffin. Berezin will […]