In Asia Trump could learn subtleties of North Korean issue

This week President Trump will embark in his first visit to Asia, a 13-day trip with scheduled stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The trip is seen as a chance for the administration to clarify its stance on outstanding foreign policy issues in the region, such as the handling of North […]

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. […]

US needs to tread carefully after South China Sea ruling

A United Nations tribunal has ruled in favor of the Philippines and against China in an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Chinese experts at Cornell University are available for comment on today’s development. Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government at Cornell University, says that in the aftermath of the ruling, […]

South China Sea court ruling will have profound impact, regardless of decision

On July 12, a United Nations tribunal is expected to rule on an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says that the Philippines brought the case to court with the hope of undermining Chinese claims. Regardless of whether […]

Philippine front-runners threaten an already imperfect democracy

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, is available for comments on the upcoming elections in the Philippines. If front-running president and vice president candidates – Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – are elected, Pepinsky says it may pose a true threat to an already imperfect democracy. […]

Filipinos could be without essentials for over six months, says disaster expert

Keith Tidball, leader of the Nature and Human Security Program at Cornell University and an expert in emergency response, explains the various stages of disaster recovery as well as how long recovery could take following the typhoon in the Philippines. Tidball is also coordinator for the New York Extension Disaster Education Network, which has partnered […]