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Geothermal Power: The Forgotten Renewable
American Security Project • Monday, Jul 13

When renewable energy is discussed most people think of solar and wind power as the two prime examples; geothermal energy is overlooked as a carbon-free power source. Unlike, solar and wind, geothermal power has been providing round-the-clock electricity in the United States for over fifty years. The first industrial geothermal plant in the US was built in 1960 in The Geysers, California. Geothermal power, unlike wind and solar, is able to run consistently throughout the day, and...

Iran’s Treacherous Landscape In Vienna
American Enterprise Institute • Thursday, Nov 5

This blog series analyzes the most important Iran news events of the past week and provides an outlook of the regime’s strategic calculus.Iran’s leaders may be pleased about their inclusion in the recent Vienna talks on Syria as a sign of new found respect from the international community.The need for such talks in the first place was a reminder, though, of the precarious diplomatic and military position that Tehran still faces in the Levant.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Policies must be based on more than market moves
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Oct 13

Sir,In making his case for a co-ordinated round of fiscal policy stimulus, Larry Summers attaches considerable weight to market signals (“The Big Read“, October 8). He urges policymakers to pay heed to the fact that the markets are now telling us with increasing force that we are in a very different world that urgently needs a strong policy response.Yet, with practically the same breath, Prof Summers reminds us that history tells us that markets are inefficient and are...

Kin of Crooked Korean Kingpin Caught Up in EB-5 Case
Center for Immigration Studies • Tuesday, Aug 11

Drip, drip, drip, drip. They keep emerging: additional indications that the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program is a honey-pot attracting fraud of various kinds, as I reported recently. While many of these immigrant investor cases relate to citizen and alien middlemen conning rich aliens, this item, which is both investor-centric and one I have not discussed before, is different because it involves the son and daughter-in-law of a corrupt Korean politician and their use (or...

IWP Chancellor R. James Woolsey Discusses ISIS Amid Mideast Turmoil
Institute of World Politics • Friday, Apr 29

On Thursday, April 14, IWP Chancellor Ambassador R. James Woolsey was a guest on Fox News, where he discussed whether the increased movement of ISIS fighters into Libya suggests that the United States now has some momentum against ISIS forces. Fox News stated that the Obama administration believes that ISIS has increased its movement because the coalition against it has been successful.Amb. Woolsey mentioned that if the U.S. is going to confront a problem such as ISIS, we are...

Sen. Joni Ernst Warns ‘ISIS Present In All 50 States’
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Mar 3

Speaking in front of a room filled with conservative grassroots activists, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, took on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy, arguing that the country needs to elect a new leader who is willing to confront the “real and dangerous threats” facing the nation. “We’ve all got to come together and find conservative leadership that will confront the very real and dangerous threats America faces in this world,” Ernst said at the Conservative Political...

PacNet #22 - ADMM-dialogue Partners Informal Meetings As A Source Of Regional Stability
Center for Strategic and International Studies • Thursday, Feb 25

Defense diplomacy efforts led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have advanced significantly since the inaugural ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in 2006. A development that has recently gained prominence is the ADMM’s engagement with individual dialogue partners. These informal meetings have occurred since 2011 – five times with China, four times with the United States, and once with Japan. The forums are usually held on the side-lines...

AEI Political Report: Ideological Identification And Primary Profiles
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Feb 19

Read the PDFThis issue of Political Report looks at changes in partisans’ ideological identification over time, particularly among Democrats. We also assess what these changes could mean for the 2016 presidential election. Then, it is all about the primaries. We have broken down the 2008 and 2012 primary exit polls of several delegate-rich states with upcoming primaries to show how their profiles differ between parties, as well as from state to state.Ideological...

The Economics of Health Professional Education and Careers : Insights from a Literature Review
World Bank • Thursday, Sep 3

The formation of health professionals is critical for the health system to function and achieve its universal health coverage (UHC) goals. This is well recognized by the majority of governments that plan for the training and regulations necessary to ensure quality. But the importance of market forces is often overlooked, resulting in interventions and regulations that often fail to achieve their intended effects. The Economics of Health Professional Education and Careers aims to...

Behavioral Health and Service Use Among Civilian Wives of Service Members and Veterans: Evidence from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health
RAND Corporation • Monday, Aug 24

Research Questions Who are the wives covered by TRICARE or CHAMP-VA?Do military wives differ from a comparison sample with respect to behavioral health status?Do military wives differ from the comparison group with respect to use of behavioral health services?Does use of behavioral health services differ by urbanicity?Is proximity to an MTF associated with use of behavioral health services among military wives? AbstractIn recent years, policymakers and members of the media have...

Human Development Is The Key To Restoring Global Growth
World Bank • Tuesday, Apr 5

The global slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis has both cyclical and structural causes, both of which may take years to work out. But at the same time, history tells us that the seeds for spectacular growth are often sown during recessions and depressions. Our job as development agents is to identify these seeds and nurture them into full bloom. The pace of structural reform has been sluggish in many countries. The slow growth environment exerts a headwind against the...

Strange Bedfellows – Politics of Immigration Policy in the 2016 Presidential Election
Center for Global Development • Thursday, Aug 13

Spoiler alert: this is not a blog post about #DumpTrump. However, the 2016 U.S. presidential election – and last week’s Republican debate – demonstrates an increasing focus on U.S. immigration policy and reform. While many candidates are sticking to the oft-repeated refrain of ‘border security first,’ some have taken unexpected stands. We’ve been struck that the positions expressed so far don’t fall neatly along the traditional political...

The Thaw With Cuba And The Region
Inter-American Dialogue • Monday, Dec 21

This post is also available in: SpanishUntil December 17th, 2014, only two of the Cold War’s many walls endured: the 58th parallel that divides the two Koreas and the Straits of Florida that separate the United States and Cuba. That day, President Barack Obama announced the end of the diplomatic isolation put into place by President Eisenhower—after Fidel Castro’s turn towards communism—and reinforced by his successors, even in the years after the fall of the Soviet Union.It has...

Unpacking OPEC’s Decision
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Wednesday, Jul 8

OPEC hopes that demand will soon recover and prices will rise. But no one knows where prices will ultimately settle—or if they will settle at all. With this backdrop, at its 167th meeting, OPEC decided to stay the course, maintaining its upper limit at 30 million barrel per day and pushing member Countries to join it. OPEC is sending a signal to say to the market that, even through the lean years, its members plan to remain open for business. The terms, however, are...

Global Daily: U.S. consumer confidence drops sharply in September
World Bank • Friday, Sep 11

U.S. consumer confidence drops sharply in September Financial MarketsOil prices extended their weekly decline on Friday after Wall Street’s most influential voice in oil trading, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., cut its price forecasts, citing a global supply glut and concerns about China’s economy.  Brent, the global benchmark, fell 2.6 percent (or $1.27) to $47.62 a barrel, extending its weekly decline to 3.9 percent, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the U.S. benchmark, lost 3.2...

Wages For Top Earners Soared In 2014: Fly Top 0.1 Percent, Fly
Economic Policy Institute • Tuesday, Nov 3

After dipping slightly in 2013, annual earnings of the top 1.0 percent of wages earners grew 4.9 percent in 2014, and the top 0.1 percent’s earnings grew 8.9 percent, according to our analysis of the latest Social Security Administration wage data. This analysis provides the first look at the likely trend of the household incomes of the top 1.0 percent. The top 1.0 percent’s earnings have nearly returned to their previous high point, attained in 2007. In fact, the earnings of...

Links And Quotations For November 5, 2015: The Evolution Of The Bond Gadget, Data On VR’s Proponents, And More
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Nov 6

In honor of the release of “Spectre,” Wired reflects on how Bond’s technology has evolved from out-of-this world to realistic, a testament to how far our own daily tech has come since Bond began.  That and more here.The Evolution of the Bond Gadget, From Insane to Reasonable- Wired Square Takes an IPO Bullet for All of the Overpriced Unicorns – Re/codeNot Just Academics Fed Up With Elsevier: Entire Editorial Staff Resigns En Masse To Start Open Access...

10 things we learned at Brookings in July
Brookings Institution • Friday, Jul 31

The Communications team here at Brookings mined nearly 300 pieces of new research and commentary published on brookings.edu in July to identify 10 interesting findings. Visit brookings.edu to discover what interests you. 1. The Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan drew three times more viewers than game six of the Stanley Cup finals. Andrew Zimbalist, author of the new book, Circus Maximus,” discusses what this means for FIFA, countries that host major...

RealClear Radio Hour: Free The Market: Ending The Corporate Welfare Racket
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Monday, Mar 14

This week on RealClear Radio Hour we tackle insidious corporate cronyism and what can be done to stop it. At the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference, I moderated a lively panel discussion with Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney, Alison Fraser of the Charles Koch Institute, Matthew Mitchell of the Mercatus Center, and Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute. Despite public outcry, big businesses and big government have institutionalized corporate...

“Our Economy Depends on Maintaining the Forests” – Podcast with Brazil’s Amazon Champion
Center for Global Development • Monday, Oct 19

If you want a simple explanation of why climate change is a development issue, Juliana Santiago can provide it. The head of the Amazon Fund department at Brazil’s national development bank (BNDES) tells me that Brazil's economy "was dependent on the maintenance of the forest,” and that, with 29m people living in the Amazon – many in poverty – getting rural landowners to “understand that deforestation might be a threat to their...

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