US must end booming immigration detention business

Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on immigration reform and professor of history at Cornell University, says reports that the Department of Homeland Security might soon run out of money to detain illegal immigrants should be a sign that the government must stop paying for private facilities and choose cheaper alternatives to detention instead. Biography:   Garcia […]

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. […]

Obama’s balancing act – reduce U.S. footprint while holding world order

President Obama has embarked in a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany where he will discuss a broad range of political and economic issues with leaders in the Gulf states and Europe. Barry Strauss, a professor of history at Cornell University, says the trip is a balancing act for Obama. Bio:   Strauss […]

Obama, Hollande White House handshake could reshape French politics

U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will meet at the White House on Tuesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts and ways to fight ISIS. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert on France and European politics and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in […]

China and US talks must include cyber espionage, not just cyber crime

Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University’s Computing and Information Sciences and expert on programming language technology, says in order to prevent future cyber wars, Obama and Xi Jinping must address government-sponsored cyber attacks in addition to commercial espionage. Morrisett says:  “It is notable that President Xi Jinping focused on cyber-crime, as opposed to cyber-espionage. On […]

Obama to face contentious issues while searching for common ground with China’s president

Allen Carlson, associate professor at Cornell University’s government department, weights in on the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House. Carlson says that Obama’s success during this summit will depend on his ability to search for common ground while engaging contentious issues such as territorial disputes, freedom of expression and economic […]

Mapping Alaska and the Arctic: Researcher available to discuss project announced today by White House

Michael Willis is an earth and atmospheric sciences research associate at Cornell University and a member of the research team for ArcticDEM – a project announced today by the White House that will develop a high-resolution topographic map of the Arctic that, for the first time, will provide consistent coverage of the entire region to […]

Did Obama’s pressure bring Russia and Syria to chemical weapons deal?

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 10, 2013 Did Obama’s pressure bring Russia and Syria to chemical weapons deal? Michael C. Dorf, professor of law, is a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and author of more than 70 law review articles and essays on constitutional law and related subjects. He comments […]

Obama college plan must reward states that support public education

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Obama college plan must reward states that support public education Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Ron Ehrenberg, director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute and professor in Cornell’s ILR School, notes that President Obama’s higher education plan must provide “a carrot” for states that expand support for public higher education. […]

Obama’s Africa tour: Symbolic but not significant

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Obama’s Africa tour: Symbolic but not significant  Wednesday, July 3, 2013 In light of President Obama’s recent tour of Africa, Cornell University has made two experts available to discuss the implications of the visit. Nicolas van de Walle, chair of Cornell University’s government department, is an expert in comparative politics […]