Trump dump of Paris pact environmental, economic blunder

President Trump is expected to announce that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, a global pact designed to fight climate change. Two experts at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University say that withdrawing from the accords would be a major mistake, both environmentally and economically. David M. Lodge: […]

Kurdish independence is substance of Trump-Erdogan meet

The armament of Kurdish rebels in Syria – which Turkey views as terrorist – is likely to be high on the agenda when Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with President Trump today. Dr. Azat Zana Gündoğan, a visiting scholar with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University studies the socio-spatial inequalities […]

Ford tackles dwindling sales with speedy management layoff

This week, sources at Ford Motor Company told reporters that the automaker plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia, amidst a larger effort to reduce costs. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says the decision to […]

Trump-Erdogan is an oft-repeated summit between rivals

Today’s scheduled meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump at the White House will take place amid a general chilling of relations between the two countries. Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, likens the occasion to many summits between […]

No science and no policy after EPA’s climate-change purge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to remove climate science information from several of its websites triggered vigorous national debate and protests. David M. Lodge, director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, says that changes in policy are expected with incoming presidential administrations, but removal of scientific data is an […]

Three reasons why Trump tax cut plan won’t reduce poverty

Thomas Hirschl, co-developer of the poverty risk calculator, an expert in income insecurity and professor of development sociology at Cornell University, says that President Trump’s proposed tax cuts will not reduce poverty. Bio: https://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/people/thomas-hirschl Hirschl says: “On April 25 President Trump set forth a proposal to cut taxes on corporations, individuals, and families. While the […]

Trump wall with Mexico provides illusion of a solution

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University says that the archaeological record is clear: President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexico-U.S. border offers only the illusion of security – just as similar walls have throughout history. Bio:   http://anthropology.cornell.edu/adam-smith Smith says: “Large-scale barrier walls established in antiquity were created in order to guard boundaries, […]

Trump-era shutdown surreal repeat of Carter-era standoff

David Bateman, an expert on Congress and the legislative process and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, explains how the possibility of a Trump-era government shutdown harkens back to the days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency – the last time a significant funding gap appeared under one party’s control. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/david-alexander-bateman Bateman says: “That we’re […]

Cornell faculty experts join March for Science April 22

Cornell faculty members will join thousands of their counterparts April 22 as they sound a call for supporting scientific research and evidence-based policies during an historic March for Science in Washington, D.C. The following Cornell experts are attending the march and are available for comment: Sarah Davidson Evanega: Science is the great giver Evanega is […]

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 […]