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Brookings 12/10/2019 10:08
America is in an era of heightened distrust, symptomatic of accelerating political, social, and economic divides. The ramifications of this are often discussed in terms of political outcomes and growing polarization in our current election cycle, yet they carry equally significant consequences for people’s everyday economic well-being: Distrust makes it difficult to generate and share…
Brookings 12/10/2019 09:52
Movements and politicians claiming the mantles of populism and nationalism have risen to prominence in democracies around the globe, including in Israel and the United States. As experts discussed at a Brookings event on October 7, both countries have seen dramatic challenges to existing norms in recent years as part of ongoing political turmoil, and…
Brookings 12/10/2019 00:02
In Madrid this week, the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) meets to finalize key decisions of the Paris Agreement before implementation next year. With countries set to submit revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs—or, a country’s plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions…
Brookings 12/10/2019 00:01
Academics and policymakers are actively looking at creative ways to help college students succeed. While increasing college access and enrollment is an important first stage, too many students matriculate but fail to thrive. Bluntly, too many never graduate. Like most faculty, I have many informal “advising conversations” with undergraduates. I like to think these conversations…
Brookings 12/10/2019 00:01
An overwhelming majority of the American public believes that artificial intelligence (AI) should be carefully managed. Nevertheless, as the three case studies in this brief show, the public does not agree on the proper regulation of AI applications. Indeed, population-level support of an AI application may belie opposition by some subpopulations. Many AI applications, such…
Brookings 12/09/2019 15:52
La crisis de refugiados venezolanos está a punto de superar la escala de la crisis siria. Para finales del 2019, 4 años después del comienzo de la crisis humanitaria venezolana, 4.6 millones de venezolanos han huido del país, alrededor del 16 por ciento de la población. La cifra es sumamente similar a los 4,8 millones…
Brookings 12/09/2019 13:38
For over two centuries, government officials and civil society groups have looked to the Bill of Rights for guidance on maintaining civil liberties while promoting public safety. Today, facial recognition technologies significantly augment the government’s ability to monitor or surveil individuals, prompting unique constitutional and ethical questions. On Dec. 5, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and…
Brookings 12/07/2019 07:00
Namibia reelects President Geingob while Guinea-Bissau’s elections will go to a run-off On Saturday, November 30, Namibia’s electoral commission announced that incumbent President Hage Geingob won reelection with 56.3 percent of the vote. This will be Geingob’s second and final term, as the position is term limited. Though Geingob came away with a win, his…
Brookings 12/06/2019 15:57
On Wednesday afternoon, an Iranian ammunition depot in Al-Bukamal, Syria was hit by an airstrike. This attack comes after Israel reportedly conducted four air strikes in Syria between November 12 and November 20, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. While Israel has reportedly carried out thousands of strikes in Syria and neighboring Iraq in recent…
Brookings 12/06/2019 14:00
Employers have an important leadership role to play in providing viable pathways into the workforce, particularly amid uncertainty about exactly what the future of work will look like. This leadership can take many different forms, from partnering with local high schools, to creating internal skills development programs, to identifying the skills they need and communicating…
Brookings 12/06/2019 14:00
The nature of work is rapidly changing due to emerging technologies and disruptive forces, such as artificial intelligence, the gig economy, and automation. The exact effect of these and other changes remain unknown, but one thing seems certain: The skills that employers value and rely upon are changing. In turn, a “skills gap” has developed…
Brookings 12/06/2019 14:00
Batesville Tool and Die Inc. (BTD) is a global supplier of precision metal stampings located in Batesville, Indiana, and employs approximately 450 people. BTD has four other locations, over 1,100 employees worldwide, and like many other employers, they are creating innovative solutions to meet the challenge of developing a robust workforce. BTD’s approach to workforce…
Brookings 12/06/2019 14:00
John Hazen White Jr. is owner, chairman, and CEO of Taco Comfort Solutions (Taco). Originally known as the Thermal Appliance Company, Taco is a family-owned HVAC manufacturer based in Cranston, Rhode Island. The White family has owned and operated Taco for three generations, and John Hazen White Jr. has led the company since the early…
Brookings 12/06/2019 14:00
Cook Medical is a large, privately held medical technology company headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. Cook Group (the parent company of Cook Medical) employs about 12,000 employees worldwide, many of whom work in the manufacturing of minimally invasive medical devices, the company’s core business. In this post, Dan Peterson, vice president of industry and government affairs…

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