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Afghanistan After the Drawdown

Afghanistan After the Drawdown

Authors: Seth G. Jones and Keith Crane

The United States maintains important interests in Afghanistan, even as most U.S. and allied troops are withdrawn in 2014. Seth G. Jones and Keith Crane assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.

See more in Afghanistan; Wars and Warfare; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Making the New Revolutions in Biology Safe

Making the New Revolutions in Biology Safe

Author: Laurie Garrett

Two new revolutions in biologygain-of-function research and synthetic biologyare forcing policymakers to rethink current national and international surveillance and regulatory systems, and any resolution will require international buy-in since the threat entails all living organisms.

See more in Global; Health

Building the American Workforce

Building the American Workforce

Author: Thomas Hilliard

There has never been greater urgency for expanding and improving U.S. workforce training programs. In this Working Paper, Thomas Hilliard argues that the federal government should corral the country's siloed and disjointed workforce-development programs in line with a common national strategy.

See more in United States; Labor

South Korean Civil Society: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

South Korean Civil Society: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Author: Andrew Yeo

South Korea has long enjoyed a robust civil society that encourages citizen participation in civic groups and social movements. Though it may not effect much change at the policy level, social activism related to the U.S.-ROK alliance provides valuable insight into domestic opinions. In this Working Paper, Andrew Yeo examines how these opinions shape the future partnership of the United States and South Korea.

See more in South Korea; Society and Culture

Ending Gaza’s Isolation

Ending Gaza’s Isolation

Author: Robert M. Danin

U.S. policy of isolating Gaza is counterproductive and inadvertently helps entrench the terrorist group Hamas' control. The Obama administration should instead encourage trade and contacts between the West Bank and Gazan people to reestablish national institutions and elections, thereby empowering Palestinian partners for peace.

See more in Palestine; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Nuclear Power in  South Korea’s Green Growth Strategy

Nuclear Power in South Korea’s Green Growth Strategy

Author: Jill Kosch O’Donnell

Although public trust in nuclear safety has faltered in South Korea, it can recover. Nuclear power expansion is likely to continue under President Park Geun-hye, though it is uncertain whether Park will be as eager as her predecessor to embrace green growth as a justification for it.

See more in South Korea; Nuclear Energy