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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 in the Department 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. 

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.

Lawrence Glickman

Professor of History

Larry Glickman, professor of American studies and historian of consumer activism, can speak to boycotts and the role people play in influencing the political atmosphere.

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 likely to affect food markets globally and thus 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 will impact the U.S. economy.

Shanjun Li, an expert on energy economics, can weigh in on the economic implications of energy sanctions globally and how financial distress from gas price hikes can erode U.S. consumer confidence on the economy.

Andrew Karolyi

Professor of Asset Management and Finance

Andrew Karolyi is the Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and an expert in international financial markets. He can speak to issues investors are facing when trying to sell off Russian assets.

Robert Hockett

Professor of Law

Robert Hockett is a professor of law and an expert in financial and monetary law and economics. He can weigh in on concerns that have circled that Russia will turn to cryptocurrency to help evade economic sanctions. He says given the unity among the world's industrial nations to stop the war, Russia will be denied access to not only traditional banking and financial systems, but also to all the main crypto sites.

Maureen O'Hara

Professor of Finance

Maureen O’Hara is a professor of finance. She can discuss the financial sanctions the U.S. has imposed against Russia.

Charles Whitehead

Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law

Charles Whitehead is a professor of business law at Cornell Law School and has worked in Ukraine to develop new approaches to corporate governance and capital markets. As deputy chairman of the Ukrainian Startup Fund, under the country’s Ministry of Finance, he provides grants to early-stage tech businesses.


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.

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