Hardship in Brazil, South Africa strengthens China’s BRICS lead

This weekend, China will be hosting the annual BRICS summit – a meeting of leaders from five developing nations including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Lourdes Casanova, academic director of Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute, says that political and economic instability in Brazil and South Africa has solidified China’s lead position at the […]

Impeaching Brazil’s President Rousseff opens new era of institutional instability

Kenneth M. Roberts is a professor of government at Cornell University, teaching comparative and Latin America politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development and the politics of inequality. His most recent work is Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In voting to impeach […]

Rousseff’s impeachment opens new era of conflict in Brazil

The case against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has become much stronger over the weekend, with legislators in the lower house approving impeachment of Rouseff after being she was accused of using state banks funds to cover deficits in the country’s budget. Kenneth Roberts professor of government at Cornell University and expert in Latin American politics […]

Brazilians demand change, with few political and economic options

This weekend, Brazil saw some of the largest anti-government protests in its history with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators calling for the country’s President Dilma Rousseff to resign. Protesters voiced their frustration against the poor state of the economy, as well as increasing corruption among the political elite. Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging […]

Cornell biologist available for interviews about the Zika virus following outbreak in Latin America

Several Latin American countries have seen a surge in the number of Zika virus cases, with the largest known outbreak happening in Brazil. According to health officials, the virus has caused the death of several infants and almost 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a rare brain defect in babies. Laura Harrington, chair of the Department of […]

Brazil protests mark evolution of digital-age democracy

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Brazil protests mark evolution of digital-age democracy Friday, June 21, 2013 Two Cornell University experts are available for comment on the widespread, spontaneous protests that began in Brazil over an increase in bus fares: Kenneth Roberts, an expert in Latin American politics and professor of government; and Murillo Campello, an […]