More than 5 years ago, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sparked a public dialogue about the current economic situation in the United States, through protests in Zuccotti Park, New York City. OWS not only curated the discussion about the control money has over the government, but also the growth of social inequality throughout the nation. “We… Read more »
Commandment number 2 in promising to combat corruption in a small, developing country is to have a long-term, strategic plan. But perhaps that was not important because the newly elected Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti, might have not thought of commandment number 1, which is that there is a possibility that someone will kill you… Read more »
Today we are witness to an age inundated with competing information and amplified by social media, as we stand at the intersection of novel ideas and antiquated beliefs. In this complex world, made even more incomprehensible by widespread phenomena such as “fake news”, alternative facts, and superficial analysis, it may not be an exaggeration… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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. In 2016, more than 247 million people, or 3.4 percent of the world population,… Read more »
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.
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.
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 »
2012 Spring Review – Full Issue
K-12 Distance Education: The Case of Rural Schools
Bobby Hall, Cornell University
The Necessity of Upgrading the Iraqi Financial Sector: Role of the Financial Sector in Spurring Economic Development
T. Keyzom Ngodup, Executive Director, Ideas sYnergy
“Making the World Safe for Democracy”: UN Security Council Resolution 1373, the International Imposition of Counterterrorism Policies, and the ‘Arenas of Power’ Model
Edward Grodin, Cornell University
The Need for Intervention: A Counterfactual Approach to Challenging War Theories
Santiago Delgado Calderon, Cornell University
The Irvine 11: Let’s Not Make Martyrs Out of Ruffians
Anne-Marie D. Dao, University of California, Davis School of Law
An Interview with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and H.I. Latifee
Sean Murphy, Cornell University
School Food, Inc.: The Contracting of America’s National School Lunch Program and its Nutritional Consequences
Robyn Ziperstein, Cornell University
Interview with Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
Nicole Majestic, Cornell University; Daniel Nolan, Cornell University; Morgann Ross, Cornell University
Education Spending and the Effect on Income Disparity: but What About Gender Equality?
Alexis M. Arthur and Kimberly J. Vallejo, Cornell University
Welcome to the Cornell Policy Review
We are engaged in the process of understanding and refining the concepts, ideas and goals that affect the public. To this end, I present The Cornell Policy Review, a place for ideas that draw policy perspectives and criticisms from the varied interests among Fellows at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, the broader Cornell community and other colleagues similarly engaged in this process.
In this online edition of our inaugural publication of The Review, we are pleased to present a diverse selection of entries that reflect this commitment, featuring several former, current and future CIPA Fellows. As you explore The Review, please feel free to join the debate by leaving questions and comments where appropriate.
Michael Donovan, Editor-in-Chief, 2011-2012
Agricultural Technology Adoption: Issues for Consideration When Scaling-Up
Andrei Parvan, Cornell University