Kasich’s comments on GOP reflect two-party predicament

  Over the weekend Ohio governor and former republican candidate John Kasich hinted he may decide to withdraw support from his own party, should the GOP fail to “fix” itself and continue its current trajectory towards the far-right. Cornell experts comment on Kasich’s remark and offer their take on the well-being of the two-party system. […]

FARC congress brings rebels to politics, strengthens Colombia’s democracy

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are holding a historic congress in Bogota this week to determine the political fate of the demobilized guerrilla organization. Gustavo Flores-Macias, a professor of government at Cornell University and author of the book “After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America”, says that while much is […]

Judges should be appointed, not elected

Claire Lim, a professor of political economy at Cornell University who looks at how political environments and the design of government institutions interact with the behavior of public officials, explains why having voters choose judicial candidates based along their party line, without considering the candidates’ quality, is an outdated system. Bio: https://lim.economics.cornell.edu/ Lim says: “Elections are […]

New GDP number in China, same old concerns about accuracy

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government and faculty member of Cornell University’s China and Asia Pacific Studies Program, says China’s recent GDP figure casts doubts on the accuracy of the country’s statistics. Wallace’s current book project, Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China, looks at the use, accuracy, and political significance of […]

Renzi needs the skills of Cicero to persuade voters at referendum

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced the date of a key referendum on constitutional reforms to overhaul the size and role of the Italian Senate. Barry Strauss, chair of the history department at Cornell University and author of the book The Death of Caesar, says Italians are skeptical about changing what has been a mark […]

Venezuelan economy facing the perfect storm

Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a member of several taskforces working on Latin America at the World Economic Forum, says Venezuela’s economy is approaching a perfect storm and leaders must be brave enough to find a way out of the crisis. Por favor […]

New federal prison release is a step forward, but not a game-changer

Joe Margulies, civil rights attorney and professor of government and law at Cornell University, comments on the Justice Department’s decision to release 6,000 inmates. He says the move is a step in the right direction, but adds that it does not solve the problem of mass incarceration in America. Bio: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/faculty/bio_joe_margulies.cfm   Margulies says:   […]

Execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia sours relations with Australia

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers may have satisfied the Indonesian public, but Asia expert and Professor of Government Thomas Pepinsky says that the executions have harmed relations with an important neighbor: Australia.   Pepinsky says:   “Indonesia executed eight men convicted of trafficking in narcotics yesterday. Although the death penalty remains quite popular […]

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 […]