Policy Innovation Memoranda

Policy Innovation Memoranda target critical global problems where new, creative thinking is needed. Written for policymakers and opinion leaders, these brief memos aim to contribute to the foreign policy debate by providing succinct background, rigorous analysis, and specific recommendations.

Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

Each year, U.S. state and local governments waste tens of billions of taxpayer dollars competing to lure or retain business investment, with little impact on business behavior. Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss lay out incremental steps for curbing the subsidy war, beginning with greater disclosure and cost-benefit analyses, and building up to a multistate agreement that creates strong disincentives for continuing subsidies.

See more in United States; Economics

Countering Terrorism

Author: Charles E. Berger

Charles Berger argues that the United States should fund the establishment of a permanent terrorist rehabilitation institution in Yemen, providing a critical counterterrorism partner with a needed strategic capability to counter al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and forming the cornerstone of a strengthened intelligence-sharing relationship.

See more in Yemen; Radicalization and Extremism; Terrorism

Banking on Growth

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues why it is in U.S. interests to create an American development bank that invests in small- and medium-sized businesses, including those owned by women, in the world's least-developed and newly emerging economies.

See more in Global; Economic Development

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

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

Author: Robert A. Pastor

In looking abroad to promote economic growth, Robert Pastor argues the United States need not go further than its two closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Leaders of the three countries can build off of NAFTA to create a more seamless market by negotiating a common external tariff, eliminating restrictions on transportation and services, funding new continental infrastructure, and fostering a sense of community among North Americans.

See more in North America; Competitiveness