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Cornell experts on war in Ukraine, global ripple effects

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Becka Bowyer

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been met with severe economic sanctions from Europe and the United States that will have ripple effects throughout the global economy.

The following Cornell University experts are available to discuss the conflict and its implications.


Foreign Sanctions and Diplomacy

Nicholas Mulder

Assistant Professor in the Department of History

Nicholas Mulder is an assistant professor of history and studies the origin and effects of economic sanctions. His book “The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War” published in January. 

Bryn Rosenfeld

Assistant professor of government

Bryn Rosenfeld is an assistant professor of government and studies post-communist politics and public opinion. She co-authored a recent piece for the Washington Post analyzing Russian public opinion, suggesting that the war in Ukraine may be a tough sell for many Russians. She can speak to public opinion in Russia.

Thomas Pepinsky

Professor of Government

Tom Pepinsky is a professor of government and an expert global democratization, authoritarianism and “regime cleavage.” He can speak to the financial sanctions Russia faces and the impacts of the financial turmoil.

Oumar Ba

Assistant Professor

Oumar Ba, assistant professor of government at Cornell University, studies the international criminal justice system and is author of the book “States of Justice: The Politics of the International Criminal Court.” He can speak to how the ICC may respond to reports of war crimes perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine. 

Jens David Ohlin

Vice Dean and Professor of Law

Jens David Ohlin, professor and dean of Cornell Law School, is an expert on international law, international crime and the crime of war. He can speak about the legal implications of actions in Ukraine. 

Nicholas Rostow

Visiting Professor of Law

Nicholas Rostow is a professor of law, and previously served as general counsel and senior policy adviser to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, staff director on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and on the National Security Council for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


Economic Implications

Christopher Barrett

Professor of Applied Economics and Policy

Christopher Barrett is an agricultural and development economist whose research centers around poverty, food insecurity and environmental stress in the developing world. He can speak to how the war is impacting food markets globally and food insecurity.

Erica Groshen

Visiting Senior Scholar at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Erica Groshen, is a senior economics advisor at the Cornell ILR School, as well as a former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She can provide insight into how the war is impacting the U.S. economy.


Disinformation Campaign

Sarah Kreps

Professor of Government

Sarah Kreps is a professor of government and international relations, director of the Cornell Tech Policy Lab and faculty in the Brooks School of Public Policy. She studies the weaponizing of information and disinformation. She says countering Russian misinformation is a ‘comparatively easy’ problem to solve.


Historical Dynamics in Europe and the U.S.

Matthew Evangelista

President White Professor of History and Political Science

Matthew Evangelista is a professor of history and political science. He has written a book, “The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union?” and is available to speak on international humanitarian law and separatist movements. 

Barry Strauss

Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies

Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics, is an expert in military strategy. 

Cristina Florea

Assistant professor of history

Cristina Florea is an assistant professor and historian of Central and Eastern Europe. She can speak to the region’s multilayered past, particularly its pre-national history. 

Douglas L. Kriner

Professor of Government

Doug Kriner is professor of government and author of the book “Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power.” Also faculty in the Brooks School of Public Policy, he can speak to the domestic policy implications in the United States.

David Silbey

Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy

David Silbey, associate professor of history and associate director of Cornell in Washington, specializes in 20th century wars. He can discuss the war, prisoner exchanges and more.

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