NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. […]

NAFTA struggles to regulate increasingly global supply chain

The fourth round of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resumes in Washington on Wednesday, amidst concerns that these talks may end in an impasse between the Trump administration and the governments of Mexico and Canada. Two Cornell University experts comment on the status of the negotiations and what they mean for […]

Mexico earthquake severity tied to depth, unstable soils

More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Geoffrey Abers is a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake seismology to understand the forces, material cycles, and deep structure of the Earth. He says the proximity of the Cocos plate to large population centers made […]

Mexico quake amongst largest intermediate-depth earthquakes ever recorded

Earlier today, a massive earthquake hit Mexico rattling the country’s capital and killing dozens of people. Geoff Abers, an expert of earthquake seismology and a professor of geophysics at Cornell University, says current estimates of an 8.2-magnitude makes this among the largest intermediate-depth earthquakes ever recorded. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=gaa52   Abers says: “This is an ‘intermediate-depth’ […]

Trump wall with Mexico provides illusion of a solution

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University says that the archaeological record is clear: President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexico-U.S. border offers only the illusion of security – just as similar walls have throughout history. Bio:   http://anthropology.cornell.edu/adam-smith Smith says: “Large-scale barrier walls established in antiquity were created in order to guard boundaries, […]

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 […]

Immigration plan pushback must include undocumented workers

Shannon Gleeson, a Cornell University professor of labor relations and an expert on low-wage and immigrant labor, says that resistance to Trump’s pronouncements on immigration has focused on one subgroup of refugees while disregarding others – such as low-wage workers from Mexico and Central America, already deeply marginalized. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/shannon-gleeson   Gleeson says: “Immigration policy is […]

Trump’s immigration policy profits few, hurts most

Maria Figueroa is chair of Cornell University’s Precarious Work Initiative, a research group that studies issues affecting low wage and contingent workers. She says Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security are appalling, counterproductive and divisive. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/maria-figueroa   Figueroa says:   “The idea of building a wall to separate the United States from Mexico is […]

Trump win could trigger peso plummet

Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University, says that Trump’s campaign has alienated Latino voters within the U.S., and sent shocks to the economies of countries like Mexico. Casanova is available for interviews in Spanish. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile/id/lc683 Casanova says: “Across the border, Donald Trump’s influence has been felt. Every time […]

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. […]