Consequences of destroying NAFTA

Gustavo Flores-Macias, professor of government at Cornell University and former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, is available to comment on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s trip to Mexico City to meet government officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto. This week, Flores-Macias penned this op-ed about […]

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 […]

Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric is unexpected headache for US

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers, and represent an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers. Bio: https://tompepinsky.com/ Pepinsky says: “Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers […]

Fallout of Mexican minister sign of political failure, not power of Trump

During Wednesday night’s commander-in-chief forum, Donald Trump said the resignation of Mexico’s finance minister spoke to his foreign policy credentials. Gustavo Flores-Macías, professor of government at Cornell University and former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, says that the replacement of Mexico’s finance minister is far from a campaign victory for Trump. […]

China gets pass at G20 thanks to fluidity in the West

The G20 meeting – now underway in China – takes place in a world that is in an unprecedented degree of flux. Andrew Mertha, a Cornell University specialist in Chinese politics, says China is likely to get what it wants: an emphasis on economic issues. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mertha/ Mertha says: “For the G20 Summit, China’s leaders […]

US unlikely to take a strong stance against Duterte

For the first time, President Obama is scheduled to meet with Philippine’s newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte at next week’s G20 summit. Duterte has been widely condemned for his hard line campaign against drugs. Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says despite previous criticism by the U.S. […]

US needs to tread carefully after South China Sea ruling

A United Nations tribunal has ruled in favor of the Philippines and against China in an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Chinese experts at Cornell University are available for comment on today’s development. Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government at Cornell University, says that in the aftermath of the ruling, […]

South China Sea court ruling will have profound impact, regardless of decision

On July 12, a United Nations tribunal is expected to rule on an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says that the Philippines brought the case to court with the hope of undermining Chinese claims. Regardless of whether […]

Drone rules a modest step, but lack enforcement

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert on drones, says the regulations presented by the White House today take some modest steps to address routine commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft but fail to clarify enforcement. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/kreps/ Kreps says: “As drones have become cheaper, more accessible, and more sophisticated, the government […]