April surprise: Is Le Pen really Hillary?

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says comparisons between French populist candidate Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump – already fraught ­– may end this weekend, when Le Pen faces the […]

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 […]

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. […]

Early Cannes Film Festival built culture of internationalism

Sabine Haenni, professor at Cornell University’s department of Performing and Media Arts, studies American cinema and mass culture. Haenni says the Cannes Film Festival has brought nations together in the past, and it should still do so today. Bio: http://pma.cornell.edu/sabine-haenni   Haenni says: “In this age of increasing nationalism in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere, we should […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Putin’s immigration plan: Grab Russian labor with foreign land

Charles Geisler is a scholar on military land grabs, a team leader in Cornell University’s Institute for the Social Sciences project on Contested Global Landscapes, and professor of Development Sociology. He says that Russia’s military annexation of Crimea is as much about labor as it is about land. Geisler says: “Large-scale land acquisitions are occurring […]