Trump’s immigration ‘compromise’ ignores basic economics

Maria Lorena Cook, a professor of comparative labor at Cornell University’s ILR school and author of several books on labor movements in Latin America and unauthorized migration, argues the Trump administration’s immigration policy must include a legal pathway for millions of workers whose labor has become central to agriculture, construction, hospitality and services sectors. Cook […]

Colombian civil war lasted long after ideologies were lost

Kenneth Roberts professor of government at Cornell University and expert in Latin American politics says that the Colombian peace agreement may bring an end to Latin America’s longest-lived – and sole remaining – civil war.  Biography: http://government.cornell.edu/kenneth-roberts   Roberts says: “A relic of the Cold War, Colombia’s civil war long ago lost most of its political […]

Agriculture, tax reforms at risk after Colombia’s ‘no’ vote

Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, is available to comment on the economic repercussions of the weekend’s referendum in Colombia. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile/id/lc683   Casanova says: “The Colombian government’s plan to develop the agricultural sector to its potential is now on hold, and so are natural […]

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 […]

Macri’s win is a major change for Argentina, and region

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, comments on Mauricio Macri’s victory in Argentina and says the president-elect will need to be fast and forceful with his agenda of change. Casanova […]

Balance of power shifting among Argentina’s political parties

Argentina is set to hold run-off elections next month after close results in the latest election cycle. The winner will succeed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as Argentina’s president. Cornell University government professor and Latin American politics expert Kenneth Roberts says after 12 years of rule by the moderately leftist Peronist government, the balance of power […]