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Financing Sustainable Development : Ideas for Action
World Bank • Tuesday, Sep 15

In 2015, global leaders aspire to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a financing framework to support them, and a framework agreement on climate change. Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation process is critical for success. World Bank Group and Wharton Business School jointly launched a youth finance competition in November 2014 to engage young people in creating innovative ideas for financing development in the future. 330 submissions from more than...

Next Deadline for George F. Kennan Fellowship Competition Approaching
Tuesday, Sep 1

The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, and...

The big picture: Debating China’s rebalancing
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Sep 1

Few words are more frequently mentioned in the context of China’s economic reform agenda than “rebalancing”. What will a rebalanced Chinese economy look like? Has the Chinese leadership come to grips with sources of resistance to change? What is the likely balance and sequencing of local government, banking, exchange rate, and environmental and judicial reform? Two leading analysts of China’s economic and political leadership, Professor David Daokui Li...

Chinese Strategy and Military Modernization: A Comparative Analysis
Center for Strategic and International Studies • Tuesday, Sep 1

China’s emergence as a global economic superpower and as a major regional military power in Asia and the Pacific, has had a major impact on its relations with the United States and its neighbors. China was the driving factor in the new strategy the United States announced in 2012 that called for the U.S. to “rebalance” its forces to Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, China’s actions on its borders, in the East China Sea, and in the South China...

Who-d a-thunk it?
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

A $15 an hour minimum wage would actually hurt those it’s designed to help, like recent immigrants and other low-skilled, limited-experience workers?From a recent op-ed in the Washington Post by Mirta Gutierrez, now the executive chef at Tortilla Coast Restaurant in Washington, DC (“A $15 minimum wage would hurt entry-level workers“): I am an immigrant who started at the bottom with nothing. I became an executive chef who understands the kitchen and an accountant...

Links and Quotations for September 1, 2015: Unicorns and angels, Pay-for-success contracts, why nuance is overrated, and more
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

Did you know nuance could be overrated? That and more gems below.The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors – TechCrunchGoogle Life Sciences Makes Diabetes Its First Big Target- Wired This is how your brain judges others’ personalities – FastCompany As India Goes After Google, A Simple Question: Do You Really Want Governments Deciding Search Results? – TechDirt Is Nuance Overrated? – Chronicle of Higher Education – Nuance is revered in higher...

India reports slower GDP… Good!
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

India reported slowing real GDP growth for the last quarter. This might turn out to be helpful. While the new numbers mean little for the economy, they may push policy-makers closer to realizing that only difficult reform will enable prosperity.For the April to June quarter, the first in the fiscal year, on-year real GDP growth was 7.0%. The previous quarter saw a 7.5% gain. Seven percent still appears to be a strong result but it’s not clear how to interpret Indian GDP...

Boycott, not Sehwag: Modi’s record on economic reforms contrasts unfavorably to NDA under Vajpayee
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi failing the Indian right? On the face of it, the very notion appears preposterous. For the true believer it verges on heresy.After all, no other BJP leader can claim credit for dramatically catapulting his party from the margins to the heart of national power. No other right wing politician — neither Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prime minister, nor Lal Krishna Advani in his heyday — ever enjoyed such nationwide popularity. On social media cultural and...

Questioning the Common Core
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

This summer, Republican presidential aspirants have roundly criticized the Common Core reading and math standards as federally supported and educationally unsound — and been lambasted by Beltway pundits for having the temerity to do so. The Washington Post editorial page laments that Republican “ideologues have so disfigured Common Core that supporters … now dare not speak its name.” The vice president for education at the Center for American Progress charges that...

Sorry, Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is no Nazi.
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Sep 1

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directs a group picture with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable of young Nevadans discussing immigration, as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada May 5, 2015. ReutersIn his seminal essay “How to argue effectively,” humorist Dave Barry had some advice for what to do “when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong.” The...

Pleasing and Appeasing Markets
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies • Tuesday, Sep 1

Following the recent and ongoing turmoil in financial markets, largely triggered by the growing uncertainty about the health of the Chinese economy, financial investors have started to expect and demand more actions from the European Central Bank (ECB). In a research note, the British bank Barclays went as far as predicting “more easing before year-end.” The financial institution does not believe that inflation in the euro zone will move to levels consistent with the ECB’s mandate...

Fear Factors
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies • Tuesday, Sep 1

Plato once wrote, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”Fear is a basic instinct of all mankind. From the time of running from “saber-tooth tigers” to today’s threats of terrorism and violence, fear moves us to protect ourselves from any perceived dangers. If those fears are cloaked in darkness, which scares us, it is easy to exploit that fear among the anxiety-ridden.Germans are popularly...

The Arctic at the Center of World Affairs
American Security Project • Tuesday, Sep 1

The Arctic is now at the center of world affairs. What was once a frozen ocean, closed to all but the most intrepid explorers, is now a venue for oil and mineral exploration, cargo transit, and even tourism.   President Obama’s visit to Alaska for the GLACIER conference is an important reminder about America’s Arctic, and about the importance of climate change (the White House has a live blog of the trip at   America is an Arctic nation, and has been since...

Risks of Arming Syrian Opposition Group Against ISIS
American Security Project • Tuesday, Sep 1

As the quest to fight and eliminate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) continues, the US government has considered many options to secure victory, including aiding opposition groups in the region.  One group that has surfaced as a potential ally is Ahrar al-Sham, a large opposition force in Syria.  Although the group is more than willing to fight ISIS, the US government remains skeptical when it comes to providing monetary aid and weaponry because of the group’s Islamist...

CTBT Group of Eminent Persons Meets in Hiroshima, Calls for Fortified Effort to Accelerate Entry Into Force
Arms Control Association • Tuesday, Sep 1

Although the vast majority of the world’s nations recognize that nuclear explosive testing is no longer acceptable, the failure to sign or ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) on the part of a few Annex II states will have delayed entry into force for more than 20 years after the opening for signature of the Treaty in 1996. These states are: China, the United States, Israel, Iran, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea. With enormous...

What We’re Reading in Prevention, September 1
Bipartisan Policy Center • Tuesday, Sep 1

Welcome to What We’re Reading in Prevention. This new, quarterly publication will share highlights from recent publications, speeches and testimony focused on the intersection of health and health care. Please let us know if you have comments or suggestions we should consider. Compiled by Caitlin Krutsick and Madison Ethridge Retreat Is Not An Option For North Dakota By Mission Readiness “While the Nation’s obesity epidemic makes daily headlines, its effect on the U.S....

Wild Ride on Wall Street: Early Test of Liquidity?
Bipartisan Policy Center • Tuesday, Sep 1

The stock market’s wild swing last week, including its sharpest sell-off since 2009, could provide an early indication of whether concerns about broader market liquidity declining are accurate, and if so, to what degree are financial regulatory reform or market evolution the cause. Market liquidity is important because investors demand higher yields from illiquid assets thereby increasing the cost of raising capital, reducing investment and slowing economic growth. Liquid markets...

Hopes for Obama's address to the American Jewish community
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Sep 1

Editors' note: Shadi Hamid contributes to an August 28 experts' discussion published in Tablet on what he hopes President Obama will say about the Iran nuclear deal in a speech to the American Jewish community. Hamid argues Obama has oversold the Iran deal in a way that has alienated fence-sitters and pushed away skeptics. He urges Obama to focus on what the deal means for U.S. strategy in the Middle East going forward and to connect the deal to American democratic...

Obama walking a razor’s edge in Alaska on climate change: President’s trip to the Arctic requires two contradictory ideas be held in mind
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Sep 1

In the summer of 1978, my grandfather George Washington Timmons, my cousin George, and I took the train from the Midwest across Canada and the ferry up the Pacific coast to Alaska. There we met up with my brother Steve, who was living in Anchorage. It was the trip of a lifetime: hiking, and fishing for grayling, salmon and halibut in Denali park, on the Kenai peninsula, Glacier Bay, and above the Arctic Circle in a frontier town called Fort Yukon, camping everywhere, and cooking on...

Serving the underserved in workforce development: A Q&A with Beth Weigensberg
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Sep 1

Improving data in the field of workforce development is a necessary step to evaluating programs and replicating success. What does current data tell us about the populations served? What outcomes should we measure to ensure programs are meeting America’s workforce development needs?Earlier this month, we convened an expert group of policy makers, practitioners and scholars to address this problem, along with other challenges in workforce development. Previously, we...


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