Peter Orszag argues that widening gaps in college completion rates between rich and poor students not only undermines the American ideal of equal opportunity, but also misses an economic opportunity to boost productivity.
The United States is the only OECD country without paid maternity leave; a parent's job is not protected if he or she takes a day off to care for a sick child; and the United States still lacks affordable, high quality child care. Karen Kornbluh outlines the need to update the policies and practices that affect American families and discusses the benefits of health care reform for parents and children.
Peter Orszag explains how monthly cycles of food-stamp benefits may contribute to disciplinary problems among students from low-income families.
Isobel Coleman discusses the importance of leveraging new resources, such as commitment accounts and mobile technology, for poverty alleviation.
Jagdish Bhagwati defends poverty-reduction strategies based on economic growth against critics who favor redestributive policies.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says microfinance is only part of the solution to helping women entrepreneurs in poor nations.
Jagdish Bhagwati examines the current feud in Bangladesh between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Mohammed Yunus, the founder of the microloan-making Grameen Bank, and hopes the affair will pave the way to liberal reforms that will transform the Bangladeshi economy.
Isobel Coleman and Mary Ellen Iskenderian discuss several commitments aimed at women and girls from the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative.
Matthew Slaughter writes that as the crisis and recession recede, U.S. policymakers must refocus on persistent structural problems, particularly income inequality.
Michael Gerson writes that "the stimulus package is a terrible piece of necessary legislation."
Michael Gerson argues that despite rising food prices, the U.S. government has the ability to practically end hunger within its borders. And while there may be many explanations for why it has not already done so—there are no excuses.
Gene B. Sperling explains why "we need to provide more food aid and we need to make sure it is delivered in a way that continues to strengthen school-feeding programs."
In this op-ed article, Gerson says that Republicans need to show the same capacity to speak to the largest economic challenge of our moment -- the recovery of economic mobility.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
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