Perdue must be voice of reason in Trump cabinet

David Wolfe, professor of horticulture, climate change expert and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says while Sonny Perdue has the pedigree appropriate with the position of Secretary of Agriculture, the confirmation hearings must provide clarity on how influential he will be in providing a well-balanced, science-based viewpoint to the Trump […]

Populism, sexism and nationalism pair Trump and Abe

Naoki Sakai, professor of Asian studies and comparative literature at Cornell University, and expert on Japanese nationalism, says while Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump – who are scheduled to meet today – have much in common, including their overt populism and nationalistic tendencies, Trump’s promises to withdraw from the region is a serious concern for […]

Don’t hold your breath for TPP, or China-led trade deal

Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University, says that the APEC meeting this week has become more relevant in the current anti-globalization climate, but also cautions people that free trade deals will take time. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile/id/lc683 Casanova says: “Discussions initiated at the APEC summit in Beijing two years ago about […]

Enforcement clause of TPP deal is key to worker protection

Lance Compa, attorney and expert in labor law and corporate fairness at Cornell University’s ILR School, discusses the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade agreement between the United States, Japan and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.   Compa says: “Workers’ rights advocates will want to carefully study the TPP’s labor chapter to see […]