As the supercommittee approaches its deadline, Derek Thompson provides a two-year history of how the U.S. government has failed to address long-term fiscal reform.
David Lepeska explains the high costs associated with transportation infrastructure, particularly in New York, where construction expenses are much higher than those of other major cities in the world.
Joseph Szabo explains the benefits of a proposed U.S. high-speed rail system.
As public funds decrease, Cezary Podkul discusses why infrastructure projects are shifting to the private sector.
Ashley Halsey III and Dana A. Hedgpeth consider the need for enormous investments in the U.S. transit system.
This report lays out the economic challenges posed by our ailing infrastructure and suggests a series of recommendations for crafting new innovative transportation policies in the U.S.
President Obama's latest jobs plan includes a call for more spending on roads and bridges, an idea that has at least some Republican support. Here's a look at the debate over infrastructure and the economy.
This report describes the economic challenges posed by our ailing infrastructure, provides a comparative look at the smart investments being made by our international competitors, and suggests a series of recommendations for crafting new innovative transportation policies in the United States.
This Report, the fifth in an annual series coproduced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, looks at infrastructure activities across six continents, paying particular attention to emerging markets in the United States. The report outlines infrastructure policy, looks at future trends in infrastructure investment and recommends strategies to facilitate growth.
All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built,ports deepened, commercial contracts signed—all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities seems insatiable. Do China's grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation?
Gilles Duranton and Matthew A. Turner investigate the relationship between interstate highways and highway vehicle kilometers traveled in U.S. cities.
Gallup suggests that the Obama administration's African aid policies focus not just on health, but also on infrastructure development and other areas that many Africans expressed dissatisfaction with in recent polling data.
The World Bank Group's Transport Business Strategy for 2008-2012.
Damage to or destruction of the nation's water supply and water quality infrastructure by terrorist attack could disrupt the delivery of vital human services in this country, threatening public health and the environment, or possibly causing loss of life.
RAND looks at the cost-benefit analysis of attempting to scan 100% of containers coming through U.S. ports. 100 percent scanning is cost-effective only if the attack damages or likelihood of an attack are quite high. Furthermore, unless scanning technologies improve significantly, additional land and labor transaction costs could render adoption infeasible.
The consequences of a 9/11-scale terrorist attack or a major natural disaster can be minimized if “America makes building national resiliency from within as important a public policy imperative as confronting dangers from without,” says Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Stephen E. Flynn in The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation.
Heidi Crebo-Rediker details Presdient Obama's latest initiative to repair American bridges, roads, water, and sewer pipes through the private sector.
Peter Orszag writes that making cities more resilient to the challenges of stormwater runoff is a wise investment to minimize climate change-related damage.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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