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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Events

May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021: Oil-Gotten Gain: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab American Activism, 1973-1981, by Salim Yaqub - CMS Seminar Series

In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U.S. economy. The influx of Arab petodollars drew mixed reactions from Americans. Some feared that wealthy Arabs were “buying up America” and gaining control over the nation’s political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. Others welcomed Arab investment as a boon to the U.S. economy and to global stability. Petrodollars also played a key role in Arab American history. Demeaning portrayals of oil-rich Arabs in media and government discourse—reaching a crescendo in the FBI’s “Abscam” sting opererations of 1978–1980—goaded Arab Americans to adopt more organized methods of combating anti-Arab stereotypes. Salim Yaqub draws on his book, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.–Middle East Relations in the 1970s, to explore the complex legacy of Arab petrodollars in American life.

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May 8, 2021

May 8, 2021: Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium: Leigh Jenco

Presenter: Leigh Jenco, London School of Economics and Political Science

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May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021: Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Eduardo Viana da Silva

"Developing an Open and Inclusionary Language Textbook for Portuguese"
Eduardo Viana da Silva
Associate Teaching Professor of Portuguese, University of Washington

This presentation describes the development of an e-textbook for first-year Portuguese classes. This pedagogical initiative strives to provide an inclusionary and open textbook for Portuguese, including the collaboration and feedback from Portuguese speakers of several economic and cultural backgrounds. In this context, "openness" means listening to the language of a given community and the commitment to reproduce it in a textbook format. Inclusion of minority groups in the textbook is perceived not as "curiosities," but as an integral part of the cultures being represented so that a wider range of communities and language registers (from formal to informal) is portrayed. While the example presented here is in Portuguese, the process of developing open and inclusionary language materials applies to all languages.

Bio: Eduardo Viana da Silva (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Associate Teaching Professor of Portuguese and Portuguese Program Coordinator at the University of Washington. Before joining the University of Washington in 2015, Eduardo taught language courses, Luso-Brazilian literature, and topics on Brazilian culture at UCSB, BYU, University of Utah, and the Salt Lake Community College. His main areas of interest are Applied Linguistics, Luso-Brazilian literature and culture, curriculum development with a focus on culture and task-based language teaching (TBLT), and Global Citizenship. Eduardo is currently working on a textbook for Portuguese - Bate-Papo: An Introduction to Portuguese - as an Open Educational Resource (OER).

Co-sponsored by the Language Resource Center and Latin American Studies Program.

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January 13, 2015

Investing in China will Always be a Struggle: Andrew Karolyi Explains

Professor Andrew Karolyi is quoted by CFO Magazine on hurdles to investing in China. Click here to read the article.

February 10, 2015

Global Information Technology Report: China

Dean Soumitra Dutta talks to New Tang Dynasty Television about China’s position among nations in information technology infrastructure and development.

February 23, 2015

Chinese internet giants head for Latin America

Emerging Markets Institute Director gives her view. Read the article here.

April 28, 2015

Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute Team Wins mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015

See the mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015 site for details.

Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute Selects Research Solutions Subsidiary to Power Academic Research Portal

Available to Corporate Partners of the Institute, the academic research portal provides access to 50 academic journals with articles covering 43 emerging economies across the past five years


Los Angeles, Calif., and Ithaca, NY, February 11, 2014 Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), a pioneer in facilitating the flow of information from the publishers of scientific, technical, and medical content to enterprise customers in Life Sciences and other research intensive organizations around the world, today announced that wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk has been selected to provide document delivery retrieval services for a newly launched research portal from Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  Research Solutions’ services will be delivered through its award-winning Article Galaxy platform and will enable the institute’s corporate partners to order articles from a database of emerging markets research, powered by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.

“We have not seen this tool offered by any other peer institution to the private sector.  We believe this is a unique benefit not matched anywhere else,” stated Richard J. Coyle, Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, in regards to the academic research portal.

“Research Solutions is honored to be one of the select information services suppliers chosen to collaborate on this ground-breaking initiative from the prestigious Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University,” said Research Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Derycz. “This collaboration is yet another accomplishment for Research Solutions and our Article Galaxy solution, which is growing in both market adoption and preference.”

Established in 2010, the Emerging Markets Institute was founded at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to promote the research and study of emerging economies. The Institute provides a private forum for lively exchange among corporate leaders from emerging and developed markets and leading researchers.

Corporations, academic institutions, and government organizations around the world rely on Research Solutions and its Article Galaxy online platform for single article document delivery research retrieval as method for obtaining copyrighted journal content that complies with applicable copyright laws when subscriptions do not exist. Reprints Desk has held lone honors as the top-rated document supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., since 2008

Brazil can’t lose World Cup, even if it doesn’t win

“This should be Brazil’s moment of glory,” says Lourdes Casanova, a senior lecturer of management at Cornell University’s Johnson School and co-author of the recently published The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream.

Interpreting the Emerging Markets

Johnson’s Andrew Karolyi discusses emerging markets in an article in the October/November issue of Alternative Emerging Investor magazine.

Johnson Faculty Shine in New Report

The Johnson Scholar illustrates the depth and breadth of research produced at Johnson.

Dean Designate’s Global Innovation Index Garners Attention Worldwide

Booz & Co. provides in-depth interview with Soumitra Dutta to its consulting clients, via its Strategy+Business magazine. In July 2012, Dutta joins the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management as dean.

Take time to take in Enterprise online!

The spring 2011 issue of Johnson’s award-winning, biannual magazine Enterprise features a fascinating look at global water scarcity, a profile of branding guru Naomi Kelman, MBA ’83, a birdseye view of Johnson’s new Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute, the life and times of a CQEMBA team & much, much more!

EMI hosts expert panel on emerging markets

The new institute connects its mission with the formidable experience of Johnson’s most prestigious alumni and members of its Advisory Council in a presentation for current students


Johnson’s Advisory Council hosted an alumni panel discussion on emerging markets for current students, Sept. 30 in Sage Hall. Moderated by Richard Coyle, executive director of EMI, the panel featured Nell Cady-Kruse, BS ’84, MBA ’85, chief risk officer of Singapore-based Standard Chartered Bank, Hernan Saenz, MBA ’98, MIL ’98, managing partner of Bain Dallas, Bain Houston and Bain Mexico and Bob Staley, BS ’57, BME ’58, MBA ’59, senior advisor and retired vice chairman of Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific. Discussants shared their perspectives on emerging markets as representatives of the banking, consulting and energy industries.

Panelists’ opening remarks revealed a shared understanding that emerging markets, including and beyond the BRIC nations, are becoming a dominant force in international business. Speakers touched upon the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed by international firms seeking to successfully enter these countries.

Although previous thinking has understood these nations primarily as sources of production, the speakers emphasized that the rising consumption potential of these nations, which are home to the next billion middle-income consumers, is a major opportunity for international firms. This opportunity has gained momentum as local production firms have begun shifting toward serving their own populations.

Saenz however, emphasized that international firms seeking to successfully enter these markets must completely redefine their value proposition and production methodologies if they hope to compete against growing local firms. Similarly, Cady-Kruse also emphasized spoke of the need to fully understand the diversity of a market’s governance, size, production capacity and market potential and how this diversity may create a range of international business opportunities depending on local conditions.

In addition to discussing the need for strategic market entry, the speakers also emphasized some of the key challenges faced by these countries as they shift to global prominence and how these challenges will impact market entry by foreign firms. Staley discussed the importance of due diligence and anti-corrupt practices as companies enter countries with weak copyright and contract enforcement infrastructures. Firms must be keenly aware of changes in local political and economic sentiment toward foreign business which can lead to backlash in the forms of (for example) higher taxation and expropriation.

In China, these challenges are compounded by the nation’s need to transition from an export-led, to a consumption economy without the major debt and workforce disruptions faced by previous nations forced to undergo such a transition. Panelists agreed that local circumstances, and how they impact foreign investment, is key to addressing these challenges.