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.

Breaking the Stalemate in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

Author: Scott A. Snyder

South Korea and the United States have reached an impasse in bilateral talks on nuclear cooperation. Senior Fellow Scott Snyder argues that the United States should extend the current agreement and make a follow-on agreement contingent on the results of an ongoing study on feasibility and proliferation risks of South Korea's right to enrich and reprocess U.S.-origin nuclear fuels.

See more in South Korea; Nuclear Energy

How to Make Fuel Subsidy Reform Succeed

Author: Isobel Coleman

Each year, governments around the world spend more than half a trillion dollars on fuel subsidies, crowding out productive investment in poverty alleviation and growth. CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman proposes establishing a private-public partnership to help governments build the case for subsidy reform directly with citizens.

See more in Global; Energy Policy; Economics

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: An Institution-Building Approach for Yemen

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

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