Renzi needs the skills of Cicero to persuade voters at referendum

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced the date of a key referendum on constitutional reforms to overhaul the size and role of the Italian Senate. Barry Strauss, chair of the history department at Cornell University and author of the book The Death of Caesar, says Italians are skeptical about changing what has been a mark […]

Cornell experts offer four perspectives on Brexit

Experts in finance, European politics and history from Cornell University react to the U.K.’s vote to withdraw from the European Union. Barry Strauss: Brexit will be a textbook case for years to come of how leadership makes the difference Strauss is an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of […]

Withdrawal establishes Russia as regional power

After months of protests from the West and in the midst of UN-led peace talks in Geneva, Russia started to partially withdraw its troops from Syria. Barry Strauss, a professor of history at Cornell University, says Putin’s strategic goal is to showcase Russia as a more reliable regional power than the United States. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php […]

Pentagon’s decision to build up military bases is “prudent” according to military historian

Barry Strauss, military historian, prolific author, and chair of the History Department at Cornell University says the Pentagon’s plan for building up military bases in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, is a prudent decision. Strauss says: “The Pentagon’s plan for new bases is a prudent response to the threat represented by the […]

After Paris attacks, two opposing strategies seen as the way forward

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of history at Cornell University, says in the days ahead, the world will react to the Paris attacks with measured responses. However, further attacks by ISIS, may force leaders into all-out war. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says:    “The Paris attacks […]

Catalan parliament secession plan is one step closer to the Rubicon

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict and chair of the department of history at Cornell University, comments on the secession plan approved by the regional parliament of Catalonia on Monday. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php Strauss says: “With the Catalonian Parliament’s vote for independence the struggle for public opinion – the key target – […]

Rejected migrants potential recruits for terrorists

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 3, 2015 Rejected migrants potential terrorist recruits Barry Strauss, military historian, prolific author, and chair of the History Department at Cornell University, says security issues should be considered when dealing with the current migration crisis in Europe. Strauss says: “The European migrant crisis is a drama with many faces: […]

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 […]

The end of the American republic? Not so fast

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Oct. 14, 2013  The end of the American republic? Not so fast, says ancient Rome scholar Barry Strauss, chair of the Department of History at Cornell University, editor of “The Princeton History of the Ancient World” series and author of 11 books on military history with a focus on Greece […]