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What To Do About Migrants And Refugees? – Podcast With Michael Clemens
Center for Global Development • Tuesday, Mar 15

While I was still a BBC journalist I remember reporting on a terrible anniversary: the third year of the Syrian civil war. At that time, it was unimaginable that what had seemingly started as one domino in the Arab Spring, had spiraled and unraveled into a bloody quagmire. And yet now, even that pales by comparison to the horrors occurring today, as we mark the fifth anniversary of Syria's disintegration. A tenuous ceasefire notwithstanding, the millions of Syrians displaced...

2 Years Ago, I Thought The War In Ukraine Was Over. I Was Wrong.
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Sep 1

KYIV, Ukraine—Two years ago, on Sept. 5, 2014, the Ukraine war’s first cease-fire went into effect. For a brief moment, the guns fell silent along the front lines in Ukraine’s embattled southeastern Donbas region. These areas included the outskirts of the southern port city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian and combined Russian-separatist forces were engaged in a tank and heavy artillery battle. But the cease-fire collapsed the day after its signing, and a second cease-fire, called...

One Of America’s Greatest Patriots Passes Away At 94
Heritage Foundation • Monday, Aug 22

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., passed away on Thursday evening, leaving behind three children and a legacy of service. Vessey enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1939 when he was only 16 years old ,and over the course of a distinguished 46-year military career, progressed to the rank of a four-star general. Vessey’s early career as a field artillery officer was marked by service in two wars: World War II and Vietnam. His combat experiences...

Force Of The Future Survives In Defense Bill
Bipartisan Policy Center • Friday, Aug 26

One might think that Brad Carson’s difficult confirmation hearing for the position of undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness before the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year meant that a collection of defense personnel reforms he championed, collectively known as “Force of the Future,” would be dead-on-arrival on the floor of Congress. However, a close examination of this year’s Senate-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...

This Nation Wants America's Most Lethal Stealth Warplane Ever
Center for the National Interest • Monday, Feb 1

Retired Royal Australian Air Force wing commander Chris Mills doesn’t like the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that Canberra is buying from the United States. Noting the new plane’s sluggishness and poor results in simulated air combat against the latest Russian fighters, Mills has called for Australia to lobby the United States for F-22 Raptors.It’s a problematic suggestion. The U.S. Congress banned export of the Raptor and would have to reverse its legislation in order to sell the...

Paid Sick Days Access And Usage Rates Vary By Race/Ethnicity, Occupation, And Earnings
Institute for Women's Policy Research • Wednesday, Feb 17

Utilizing data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), this briefing paper estimates the proportion of public and private sector workers ages 18 and older with access to paid sick days, and their use of paid sick days, by race and ethnicity, immigration status, occupation, earnings, job level (supervisor/nonsupervisory status), and other demographic and occupational characteristics.

Technology Transfer 2.0: Finding Economic Value In University R&D
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Jun 7

University funding is under siege. Traditional sources aren’t keeping pace with staffing, teaching, and research costs. Inflation-adjusted federal funding for university research has fallen every year since 2011, the longest multiyear decline on record (with the exception of recent funding increases for the National Institutes of Health). Few expect government investments to increase any time soon, and, after three decades of tuition costs rising faster than inflation,...

What Do China’s Global Investments Mean For China, The U.S., And The World?
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, May 18

China’s economic rise is one of the factors creating strains in the international financial order. China is already the largest trading nation and the second largest economy. It is likely to emerge in the next few years as the world’s largest net creditor. It is already #2 behind Japan. Until recently, China’s main foreign asset has been central bank reserves, mostly invested in U.S. Treasury bonds and similar instruments.In the last couple of years, however, this pattern has...

Russia’s Information Warfare Continues
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Oct 5

Speculation about Russian interference in the upcoming U.S. presidential election is flowing fast in the U.S. media. Russia was widely believed to be responsible for embarrassing email hacks at the Democratic National Convention. Speculation abounds in the media that the Russian government might try to throw the U.S. election this way or that with a boldness not even seen during Soviet days. Speculation is all we have for now, yet, the Russian propagandists may feel they have...

Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Veterans' Transitions: Results Of A Decade Of RAND Work On Veteran Life
RAND Corporation • Monday, May 23

Research Questions Are veteran disadvantaged in the civilian labor market?What government policies and programs have been successful with veteran employment?What do veterans experience when returning to school?How widespread and costly are mental health problems among servicemembers and veterans? The transition from military service to the civilian world can be very challenging, particularly for young veterans with no prior civilian work experience and those with injuries or...

The Only Way To Solve The South China Sea Showdown
Center for the National Interest • Saturday, Aug 20

Despite the old adage that "good fences make good neighbors", sometimes it is impossible, for a variety of reasons, to build good ‘fences’ in the sea. This is certainly the case in the South China Sea, where territorial claims are complicated by geography.While the recent ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague on the dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea has theoretically ‘cleared the air’ on some aspects of maritime boundary-making, in practical...

Prior To Lahore Bombing, Pakistanis Were Critical Of Taliban And Other Extremist Groups
Pew Research Center • Wednesday, Mar 30

The bombing that took place on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, was a devastating reminder that the scourge of terrorism is not confined to the recent headlines from the Middle East and Europe. Pakistan has dealt with multiple extremist insurgencies over the last couple of decades, with a variety of groups operating in the area, including the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban or TTP) and most notoriously, al Qaeda and its former leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed...

Who Will Stand Up To China This Year?
Center for the National Interest • Saturday, Mar 12

The growth of the South China Sea as a primary area of concern of the U.S.-Japan alliance, second perhaps only to the Korean nuclear threat, is one of the main trends of the past four years. The East China Sea, once a serious concern, has receded in the background as China—under Xi Jinping’s direction—has turned its attention and focus on securing Chinese pre-eminence inside the Nine-Dashed Line. This coming spring, the Philippines’ court case on the legality of this line will be...

American F-22s and B-2 Bombers vs. Russia's S-300 in Syria: Who Wins?
Center for the National Interest • Tuesday, Sep 22

Russia is deploying advanced air defense systems to Syria as part of its military build up inside the war-torn country. While it is currently deploying point defense missiles, it’s possible Russian forces could deploy more capable area air defense systems like the much-feared Almaz-Antey S-300 to the region. If Russia does deploy their latest surface-to-air missiles (SAM) to Syria, the areas protected by these systems would become no-go zones for most allied aircraft save for the...

"What's Next?" With Nicholas Clark
American Security Project • Wednesday, Jun 29

  Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?” Maggie Feldman-Piltch hears from ASP Board member and CEO and Executive Director of Alexium International, Nicholas Clark, on CBW (or chemical/biological warfare) and future of warfare. Nicholas Clark is a member of ASP’s Board and the CEO and Executive Director of Alexium International, an innovative chemical solutions company...

Why We Should Care About Economic Sustainability In Agriculture
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Sep 26

The phrase “economic sustainability” is frequently used by farm subsidy advocates to justify wasteful expenditures on agricultural programs. However, in an agricultural context, the exact meaning of economic sustainability is often misunderstood. Unlike environmental and ecological notions of sustainability, economic sustainability conveys a specific and clear concept about the long run viability of any industry, including the US farm sector. Twenty20. In his recent paper, Vincent...

Will The US Punish ISIS Profiteers?
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Oct 26

As US, Iraqi, and Iraqi Kurdish forces close in on Mosul, there is hope that the military campaign can force the Islamic State out of Iraqi territory. Of course, there are many questions still unresolved, for example, about how to pick up the pieces in Mosul. In an October 7 briefing, US envoy Brett McGurk basically said the problem is not the lack of a political plan for the day after, but rather too many. The Obama administration policy is simply to kick the can down the road....

A Sidekick For Development
World Bank • Tuesday, Oct 18

October 17 was End Poverty Day – and we at the World Bank in Washington had a small celebration and a lively discussion around the new Poverty report: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality. Topics ranged from 2 billion people living in countries affected by conflict to the work on social inclusion – which included a two-part definition of social inclusion: “The process of improving the terms for individuals and groups to take part in society” and “The process of...

Greying The Budget : Ageing And Preferences Over Public Policies (English)
World Bank • Tuesday, Feb 2

This paper looks at how individual preferences for the allocation of government spending change along the life cycle. Using the Life in Transition Survey II for 34 countries in Europe and Central Asia, the study finds that older individuals are less likely to support a rise in government outlays on education and more likely to support increases in spending on pensions. These results are very similar across countries, and they do not change when using alternative model...

Achieving Middle-Class Economic Security Through Raising Wages And Rebuilding Wealth
Center for American Progress • Thursday, Sep 8

Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.Download the report: PDFRead it in your browser: ScribdSee also: Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth: A Roadmap for Middle-Class Economic SecurityThe U.S. middle class is finally seeing economic gains after more than a decade of stagnant incomes. The average middle-class household’s wealth fell 49 percent, or $82,500, between 2001 and the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2010. Middle-class wealth has begun to...


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