Children and the British Border: UK Policy Hurting Lone Child Migrants

  Since September 2016, I have been working with unaccompanied minors in refugee camps in Northern France and on the streets of Paris and Calais, and have witnessed how policy decisions made by the British government have affected their lives. UK policies have removed unaccompanied minors from dangerous camps and street situations in Europe and… Read more »

Dropping Out of the Electoral College

Public Attitudes In the 1960s, Republicans were even more likely than Democrats to think the electoral college system of electing an American president should be replaced with a popular vote. Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans continued to feel that way until the 2000 presidential election, when Democrat Al Gore won the national popular… Read more »

Politics, Family-Run Conglomerates, and Corruption in South Korea

  South Korea held its 19th presidential election yesterday. The ongoing vote count shows the leading candidate is Mr. Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea. A former human rights lawyer and the runner-up in the 2012 presidential election, Moon promises, among other things, a crackdown on corruption and reform of family-run conglomerates…. Read more »

The Feminization of Migration: Why are Women Moving More?

Historically, humans have left their homes to build a different, hopefully better, existence somewhere else. People break away from their countries of origin for several reasons, including lack of economic opportunities, social inequality, poverty, political repression, persecution, warfare, and natural disasters.[1] In 2016, more than 247 million people, or 3.4 percent of the world population,… Read more »

The One President Thesis: Do Politics Really “Stop at the Water’s Edge”?

There have been many historical iterations of the concept that the U.S. Congress behaves differently regarding foreign affairs than it does for domestic affairs. The first iteration of this was the two presidents thesis, which suggests that the president has increased latitude in foreign affairs and can consequently behave differently in that context than in domestic affairs.

30 Days of Demonetization in India

At midnight on November 8, 2016, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister (PM) of India, declared in a broadcast to the nation that the two highest currency notes—Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000—would immediately cease to be legal tender. This move was considered a very drastic and bold step, especially since nearly 86% of all the currency by value in India was in the form of either Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 notes.

Was the Syria Strike illegal? Explaining the International Law of Warfare

  The recent US missile attack against the sovereign state of Syria was an act of aggression bearing distinct resemblance to the strike on Iraq in 2003. On April 6, 2017, the United States military dropped nearly 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield; this strike was in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s usage of… Read more »

Introducing the Upcoming Cornell Policy Review Board

The Cornell Policy Review is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 selections for Editor in Chief, Senior Managing Editor, Senior Content Editor, and Senior Public Relations Editor. Please join us in congratulating Arpit Chaturvedi, Paulina Lucio, Elizabeth Sweitzer, and Lillie Gabreski on their new roles, which will officially begin in May of this year. As Associate… Read more »


Lobby Law in Chile: Democratizing Access to Public Authorities

The Lobbying Act of 2014, a reform 10 years in the making, and the commitments of the Chilean government in its Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) to adopt and implement the legislation, must be situated in the wider context of reforms designed to combat corruption and promote transparency.

UK’s International Role, Post-Brexit

On June 23, 2016, a majority of the British people voted to leave the European Union. The political earthquake that followed Brexit is now beginning to stabilize, and the British population is beginning to demand answers about how future negotiations with the European Union (EU) will be carried out. The truth, as in all negotiations, is that there is no answer—outcomes will depend not only on the British government but also, clearly, on the position the EU takes.

  • Transparency at The Fed

    I recently had the pleasure of moderating a Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and SC Johnson Graduate School of Management roundtable of ten students hailing from nine countries with Dr. Roberto Perli, founder and Partner at Cornerstone Macro. Dr. Perli, Italian-born and partially American-educated, was well equipped to field questions on topics ranging from the Federal… Read more »

  • Colombia’s Peace Talks

    On August 27, 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government would begin peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as an attempt to end the 49-year civil conflict. After six months of negotiations, the government and the FARC have agreed on land reform, one item out of the six-point… Read more »

  • Equality in Education: Exploring Current Education Policy for LGBT Students

    October is LGBT History Month – a month dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movements, historical figures, and legislative accomplishments. Across the United States, communities will be remembering the contributions of Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, John Maynard Keynes, and Langston Hughes to the impacts of… Read more »

  • Beyond Benefits and Body Parts: Obamacare and Black Trans Health

    This article, written by Renee Bracey Sherman, MPA ’15, originally appeared on Starting today, open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will set in motion a trifecta of change.  The ACA adds protections for many, expands coverage for services once considered rare, and ensures the vast majority of the population will receive affordable… Read more »

  • Farm Bill Politics

  • R.I.P. Farm Bill

    Last fall I wrote a piece for The Cornell Policy Review examining the history of the US farm bill and identifying stakeholder conflicts that have rendered administration of the bill impossible. I suggested that the recurring five-year omnibus bills be separated to increase the level of consideration given to the two largest components: direct agriculture… Read more »

  • The Countdown to the United States Federal Government Shutdown

    Throughout most of United States’ history, fierce battles were waged over the direction of fiscal policy and management of the national budget. Many of these contests arose during periods when government was divided politically: most notably, the combinations of Reagan-O’Neill in the 1980s and Clinton-Gingrich in the 1990s. At times, this clash of ideologies over… Read more »

  • American Intervention in Syria: Good or Bad for the World?

    In last night’s primetime speech, President Barack Obama articulated to Americans and the world that the United States plans to shed its passive stance toward the Syrian conflict and launch airstrikes in defense of Syria’s civilians. On that same day, in a not-so-pleasant and desolate Syrian community, a civilian holdout ought to have asked this… Read more »

  • The Review’s Guide to Ithaca

    The Cornell Policy Review is pleased to present our Guide to Ithaca. The Review Board has tirelessly selected their favorite restaurants, bars, and local businesses. If you have any suggestions or need further suggestions, leave us a comment! We will continuously update the map as we discover new things in this curious little town. Click… Read more »

  • Online Launch: Spring 2013 Issue

    It is my pleasure to introduce this issue of The Cornell Policy Review. As an interdisciplinary policy journal, we present a wide range of political and policy-related articles. As editors of The Review, we have the opportunity to read, research, and work with a variety of topics across substantive policy areas. Not only does this… Read more »

  • Implementing Performance Measurement: Reflections on Tompkins County New York

    By: Luis A. Martinez and Henry McCaslin About the Authors:  Luis A. Martinez is a second-year graduate student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His professional focus is organizational strategy and design in the public and social sectors. Specifically, Luis is interested in performance measurement indicators, metrics, and evaluation strategies in… Read more »

  • The Effect of Private Detention Policy on Immigrant Political and Social Incorporation

    By: Greg Jette Abstract:  Immigration policy remains a contentious issue at both the federal and state levels,and post 9/11, has overwhelmingly favored detention and deportation strategies. Private detention companies have gained increasing political and economic influence as national rhetoric has characterized many immigrant groups as posing a threat to national security. As a result, private detention… Read more »