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Trends in U.S. Military Spending

Author: Dinah Walker

Policymakers are currently debating the appropriate level of U.S. military spending given increasingly constrained budgets and the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following charts present historical trends in U.S. military spending and analyze the forces that may drive it lower.

See more in United States; Defense Budget

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

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

Ending Child Marriage

Ending Child Marriage

Author: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Ending child marriage is not only a moral imperative—it is a strategic imperative that will further critical U.S. foreign policy interests in development, prosperity, stability, and the rule of law.

See more in Women; Children