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Released: 13-Apr-2011 1:45 PM EDT
Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new study shows that 17 percent of the United States’ imported oil for transportation could be replaced by biofuel made from algae. Researchers also determined that the water needed to grow that algae could be substantially reduced by cultivating it in the nation’s sunniest and most humid regions.

Released: 8-Apr-2011 8:00 AM EDT
In Libya, U.S. Should Heed Lesson of Afghanistan, Prof Says
University of Indianapolis

In this opinion essay on the Libyan conflict, international relations expert Douglas Woodwell of the University of Indianapolis argues, contrary to conventional wisdom, that the Afghanistan example calls for the U.S. to arm and support the Libyan rebels.

Released: 7-Apr-2011 4:00 PM EDT
George Washington University Experts Available to Speak on Middle East
George Washington University

George Washington University Experts Available to Speak on Middle East

Released: 30-Mar-2011 2:35 PM EDT
Obama Goal to Cut Imported Oil Possible, but No Easy Drive
Cornell University

Francis J. DiSalvo, director of Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and professor of physical science, comments on President Obama’s call to reduce foreign oil imports by one-third in the next decade.

Released: 22-Mar-2011 11:25 AM EDT
U.S. Involvement in Libya Military Action Not Constitutional
Cornell University

Michael Dorf, constitutional law expert and professor of Law at Cornell University, comments about the constitutionality of President Obama’s decision to commit U.S. military forces to enforce no-fly zone in Libya.

Released: 10-Mar-2011 10:00 AM EST
Rushing Decision for Military Intervention in Libya Would be a Mistake
Cornell University

Sarah Kreps, an international relations expert and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, comments about the wisdom of U.S. military intervention in Libya. NOTE: Kreps is author of “Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Released: 4-Mar-2011 10:30 AM EST
Don’t Expect Revolution in Cuba
Wake Forest University

Cuban dissidents and Cuban-American leaders have started to ask why Cubans haven’t followed the lead of oppressed populations in Egypt and Tunisia in overthrowing long-entrenched regimes. Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Political Science Peter Siavelis said he doesn’t expect to see demonstrations for democracy in the streets of Havana anytime soon.

Released: 28-Feb-2011 2:55 PM EST
International Sanctions Against Libya Clearly Legal: Cornell Experts
Cornell University

Three Cornell University Law School faculty members with an expertise in international law comment on the legality and potential effectiveness of international sanctions against the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Released: 1-Feb-2011 11:50 AM EST
Professor Quandt Available to Discuss Turmoil in Egypt
University of Virginia

In light of current events in Egypt, the University of Virginia offers the following expert for comment: William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, College of Arts & Sciences.

Released: 28-Jan-2011 4:25 PM EST
To Negotiate or to Retaliate – Conflict Resolution in Russia
Saint Joseph's University

Observers of the recent suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport were surprised that despite the carnage, the airport remained open for business. While some claimed that this response was an example of Russian toughness and stoicism in the face of a crisis, Lisa Baglione, Ph.D., chair and professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, believes that something else was at work.

Released: 26-Jan-2011 9:40 AM EST
Research Recommends New Regulatory Structure to Mitigate Financial Risk in China
University of New Hampshire

New research from the University of New Hampshire suggests that China should establish a unified supervisory agency, similar to what is used in Singapore, to oversee its complex financial sector.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 4:55 PM EST
Expert: South Sudan Vote Underscores Value of Self-Determination
Indiana University

This month's referendum on South Sudan's independence brings renewed attention to the importance of self-determination in ensuring global peace, according to Timothy Waters at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 12:40 PM EST
State of the Union Preview: Obama Gets Mixed Grades on Foreign Policy
Iowa State University

President Obama will laud some of his administration's accomplishments in tonight's State of the Union address, but Iowa State University's political science chair reports mixed reviews on the president's foreign policy performance.

Released: 24-Jan-2011 2:50 PM EST
'Hungry World' Tells Complex Story of Food and Global Politics
Indiana University

Nick Cullather's new book 'The Hungry World' examines the central role of food in U.S. foreign policy from World War I to the present day.

Released: 20-Jan-2011 9:00 AM EST
North Korean Refugees Highly Skeptical of Government, Support Unification with South
University of California San Diego

A path-breaking new book about North Korea by Stephan Haggard, a UC San Diego professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, and Marcus Noland, deputy director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, concludes that North Koreans hold their government in low regard and are far more skeptical of official explanations of their misery than is generally supposed.

Released: 19-Jan-2011 11:00 AM EST
Predicting Political Hotspots: Professors’ Global Model Forecasts Civil Unrest Against Governments
Kansas State University

Two Kansas State University professors developed a model predicting which countries will likely experience an escalation in domestic political violence against their governments within the next five years. The model is currently five for five, most recently predicting Tunisia.

Released: 19-Jan-2011 10:50 AM EST
Experts Available to Discuss US-China Trade
University of Southern California (USC)

Please note that the following USC experts are available to provide context for stories about President Hu and the US-China trade relationship.

Released: 13-Dec-2010 4:25 PM EST
Expert: Wikileaks Scandal Leads to Fear-Mongering Over Information Security
Washington University in St. Louis

“The recent response of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the WikiLeaks document dump gives us a peek at the sometimes surreal standards for dealing with classified information and at the fear-mongering in which some government officials are engaging,” says Kathleen Clark, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Clark teaches and writes about government ethics, national security law, legal ethics and whistleblowing.

Released: 9-Dec-2010 12:00 PM EST
Finding WikiLeaks Or Journalists Liable Could Prove Difficult, Law Professor Says
Washington University in St. Louis

The WikiLeaks controversy raises a number of important legal issues about national security and freedom of the press under U.S. law, says Neil Richards, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Journalists and government officials have suggested that either WikiLeaks or The New York Times (NYT) might face legal liability for publishing the contents of diplomatic cables and other leaked documents.

Released: 6-Dec-2010 11:20 AM EST
No Nukes? WikiLeaks Roil the Waters of Statecraft
Saint Joseph's University

The current WikiLeaks saga has many in diplomatic circles either red-faced with embarrassment or laughing up their sleeves at what the cables revealed. International relations expert Lisa Baglione, Ph.D., chair and professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, says that in the delicate dance between nuclear proliferation and containment, there is much more at risk than a loss of face.

Released: 29-Nov-2010 4:05 PM EST
Human Rights Day: AU Experts Available to Comment
American University

As Human Rights Day approaches (Friday, December 10), American University faculty experts are available to provide commentary the most pressing human rights issues of our time.