Trump-Erdogan is an oft-repeated summit between rivals

Today’s scheduled meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump at the White House will take place amid a general chilling of relations between the two countries. Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, likens the occasion to many summits between […]

Drone policy under Trump to follow Obama trajectory

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert in international security and use of drones, says that under Trump’s leadership, CIA chief Mike Pompeo is likely to continue drone policy established by the Obama administration. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/sarah-kreps   Kreps says:  “Trump has given us no reason to think that his policies on drones would […]

Populism, sexism and nationalism pair Trump and Abe

Naoki Sakai, professor of Asian studies and comparative literature at Cornell University, and expert on Japanese nationalism, says while Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump – who are scheduled to meet today – have much in common, including their overt populism and nationalistic tendencies, Trump’s promises to withdraw from the region is a serious concern for […]

NATO move to deter Russia foolish and dangerous

Penny Von Eschen, professor of history at Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and expert in the Cold War, says NATO’s attempts to increase troops in Eastern Europe is at odds with both immediate and longer historical contexts. Bio: http://as.cornell.edu/penny-von-eschen-0   Von Eschen says: “Expanding NATO forces as a deterrent to Russia is foolish […]

Militarization of Japan sign of Asia turning inwards

Japan’s defense ministry on Wednesday requested a record increase in spending for armed forces, the latest in a series of moves by Japan’s government to bolster the country’s militarism. Annelise Riles, professor of Far East legal studies at Cornell’s Law School and anthropology at Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences, says that much like in […]

Changing technology prompts NATO’s shift on cyber warfare

Barry Strauss, military historian and chair of the history department at Cornell University, comments on NATO’s likely upcoming agreement on cyberspace as a warfare domain. He says wise leaders recognize innovation in military technology. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says: “It’s not surprising that NATO is likely to agree at its summit next month to recognize […]

U.S. patrols in the South China Sea are likely to boost Chinese military in the region

This week, the U.S. Defense Department dispatched a navy destroyer to contested waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. While the White House has played down the deployment as part of a routine freedom of navigation operation, officials in Beijing denounced the move as a “deliberate provocation.” Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of […]

Recent ISIS attack will generate new recruits

Barry Strauss, author of 11 books on military history and chair of the history department at Cornell University, says the ISIS-affiliated militant attacks in the Sinai Peninsula demonstrates ISIS is capable of launching highly coordinated attacks far from its base and will generate new recruits.   Strauss says:   “The July 1 attacks, the worst terrorist […]