Hardship in Brazil, South Africa strengthens China’s BRICS lead

This weekend, China will be hosting the annual BRICS summit – a meeting of leaders from five developing nations including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Lourdes Casanova, academic director of Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute, says that political and economic instability in Brazil and South Africa has solidified China’s lead position at the […]

Mandela will continue to inspire emerging democracies, says African historian

Following Nelson Mandela’s death, Judith Byfield, a professor of history at Cornell University focusing on the decolonization of Africa, comments on Nelson Mandela’s lasting legacy. Byfield says: “Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century’s most illustrious figures. Through his writings and his actions, he created a wealth of theories and strategies to consider and […]