Despite stalemate, Merkel’s twilight is still not in sight

  Germany is locked in a political stalemate after coalition talks failed and the liberal Free Democrats announced its withdrawal from the negotiations. If the impasse continues, Angela Merkel – who was voted in to form a government in September – may have to trigger snap elections. Mona Krewel, an assistant professor of government at […]

Oil development at Arctic Refuge would forever alter sensitive ecosystems

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 13-10 this month to approve a bill that would allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The measure will be added to the Senate’s tax-reform package that is expected to be put to a vote before the end of […]

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 […]

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Mass expulsion of refugees from Myanmar cause concern around the world

Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis has now escalated into a massive international, humanitarian and political catastrophe with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. Amid increasing international criticism, Myanmar’s civilian leader – and Nobel peace prize winner – Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday in which she will address the Rohingya crisis. Magnus […]

Twitter followers use friendships to fight fake news

ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research offers hope that fake news and false rumors that reverberate around the Internet can be quashed. When Twitter users tweet a false rumor, they are more than twice as likely to accept correction if it comes from a mutual follower – someone they follow who also follows them […]

FARC congress brings rebels to politics, strengthens Colombia’s democracy

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are holding a historic congress in Bogota this week to determine the political fate of the demobilized guerrilla organization. Gustavo Flores-Macias, a professor of government at Cornell University and author of the book “After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America”, says that while much is […]

New US visa definition of family strict, but soft on sensibility

The State Department issued new immigration guidelines aimed at clarifying the Trump administration’s travel ban, which limits visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. The guidelines outline the meaning of “bona fide” relationship, one of the visa requirements for foreign visitors from those countries attempting to come to the U.S. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor […]

Trump out of his league in meeting with Xi

The heads of the world’s two largest economies are scheduled to meet this weekend to face-off on a range of issues – from trade to North Korea’s provocations. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says Trump’s glaring inconsistent approach to China coupled with his lack of vision and […]

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 […]