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Brookings 10/18/2019 09:50
With the Turkish incursion into Kurdish fighter-controlled northeastern Syria, the war has taken a new turn. It was long in the making, yet most stakeholders are reevaluating risks and losses rather than counting benefits. The damage to U.S. positions and influence is heavy, as my Brookings colleagues have carefully assessed. The hastily negotiated ceasefire deal…
Brookings 10/18/2019 08:12
Globally, women remain vastly underrepresented in local and national politics. As of 2018, according to the Inter Parliamentary Union, only 24%[i] of parliamentarians are women. Can public policy, in general, and affirmative action, in particular, result in political inclusion of women? Data from the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm (IDEA) shows that…
Brookings 10/18/2019 07:00
America’s business leaders, acting through the Business Roundtable (BRT), recently redefined the purpose of a corporation. Since 1997, the BRT’s Principles of Corporate Governance held that corporations exist to serve shareholders—period. In August, however, 181 CEOs of major American corporations recast their corporate purpose beyond the pursuit of shareholder returns. In place of “shareholders” the…
Brookings 10/18/2019 06:00
Senior Fellow David Wessel interviews Senior Fellows Elaine Kamarck and Stuart Butler about the new Policy 2020 project and resource at Brookings. Policy 2020 empowers voters with fact-based, data-driven, non-partisan information to better understand the policy matters discussed by candidates running for office in 2020. Plus, in a new Coffee Break segment, meet Stephanie Aaronson, the…
Brookings 10/17/2019 16:35
U .S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Baltimore’s native son, died Thursday of an undisclosed illness at the age of 68. Cummings leaves behind a distinguished legacy as a legislator, statesman, and civil rights leader, which he demonstrated nobly in his defense of his beloved city and colleagues after President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about his…
Brookings 10/17/2019 12:09
Last week, the World Bank released the latest issue of Africa’s Pulse, a biannual publication highlighting key macroeconomic trends in sub-Saharan Africa. The report updates the region’s growth forecast for 2019, revising its projection down to 2.6 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than its April forecast and only slightly higher than the 2.5 percent growth…
Brookings 10/17/2019 11:40
Last Sunday’s elections in Hungary and Poland gave democrats in Central Europe new cause for hope, as the ruling right-wing nationalist parties in both countries suffered setbacks at the polls. In Hungary’s municipal elections, a unified opposition defeated autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz in the capital of Budapest and a series of regional administrative capitals.…
Brookings 10/17/2019 11:23
As global development leaders convene at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, messages related to inequality and climate change dominate global headlines and social media, fueled to a large degree by the global youth movement. In recent years, the concerns and worldviews of young adults have been increasingly occupying center stage in…
Brookings 10/17/2019 11:00
Studies in this week’s Hutchins Roundup find that climate change will reduce global output per capita, non-U.S. banks remain vulnerable to dollar disruptions and more. Want to receive the Hutchins Roundup as an email? Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Climate change has long-term macroeconomic effects Using data for 174 countries…
Brookings 10/17/2019 10:36
The U.S. scores below many industrialized nations in rates of child poverty, lagging behind France, Hungary, and Chile, among others. Dramatically different social safety net and health care systems, population diversity, economic and political stability, and capitalist society values with purported opportunities are only a few of the many explanations for the disparities that play…
Brookings 10/16/2019 15:21
"The unfolding long-term strategic competition with China is the defining challenge of our generation," said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver at a Brookings event on October 1 as part of a broader initiative titled "Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World."
Brookings 10/16/2019 13:27
This week in Class Notes: Schools with strict suspension policies produce negative outcomes for children, including decreased educational attainment and a greater risk of incarceration in adulthood. Mothers’ employment status is strongly correlated with that of their children. Advancements in artificial intelligence have the potential to significantly increase productivity, though new forms of digital economic regulation will be required to…
Brookings 10/16/2019 11:20
On Sept. 26, 2019, Leonard Shand was shot and killed by 10 police officers from three distinct departments in Maryland: Hyattsville (6), Prince George’s County (3), and Mt. Rainer (1). For nearly 30 minutes prior, police officers attempted to use less lethal options to subdue Shand, a 49-year-old Black man who was talking loudly and…
Brookings 10/16/2019 10:34
The world is experiencing extraordinary advances in artificial intelligence, with applications being deployed in finance, health care, education, e-commerce, criminal justice, and national defense, among other areas. As AI technology advances across industries and into everyday use around the world, important questions must be addressed regarding transparency, fairness, privacy, ethics, and human safety. What are…
Brookings 10/16/2019 10:20
Policing in America has been criticized greatly over the past several years by the general public, politicians, and the media. Most of these criticisms have centered on the increase in officer-involved shootings, particularly involving Black Americans. Policy solutions to improve police-civilian relations, increase trust in policing, and reduce officer-involved shootings have centered on implicit bias trainings, virtual reality technology to improve decision-making, the…

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