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January 12, 2018

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid deliberations over President Trump’s first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face majo…

January 9, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A coal-fired power plant is pictured near a construction site in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee Green Giants? Sectoral Obstacles and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in China and India

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

April 27, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Podcast IDP camp in northeast Nigeria. Problem Solved with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn

In this episode of Africa in Transition John Campbell and Allen Grane speak with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, author of Problem Solved: A Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence and C…

November 3, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The American flag flies over the New York Stock Exchange U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Trump has vowed to pass corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress must still navigate complex negotiations over how to reduce rates and subsidies, as well as whether to tax profits made ab…

December 11, 2015

Trade
kid chess_1 The New Education Bill May Not Improve Student Outcomes

Congress is on a roll. First a budget deal, then a multi-year highway bill, and now a K-12 education bill, whose most previous authorization had dated from 2002—the infamous No Child Left Behind Act …

December 3, 2015

Infrastructure
CFR RoadToNowhere 20151202 Finally a Highway Bill, But Big Financing Problems Remain

For the first time in a decade, Congress has cobbled together a highway bill that guarantees transportation infrastructure funding for several years. House and Senate negotiators announced a deal thi…

October 16, 2014

Infrastructure
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, New York May 14, 2014 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Obama’s Disappointing Legacy on Transportation Policy

We’ve seen it all before. Today Vice President Biden gave a speech calling for more infrastructure investment, but without offering a way to pay for it. We heard the same from President Obama this pa…

September 16, 2014

Corporate Governance
A customer reacts after collecting his food order on the opening day of the Burger King restaurant at the Marignane airport hall (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Courtesy Reuters). Corporate Inversions: Small Fish in A Big Pond of Corporate Tax Problems

Washington policymakers can be forgiven for focusing on the low-hanging fruit when it comes to corporate tax reform. When Congress hasn’t managed any kind of major reform since 1986, we should probab…

March 27, 2014

A woman tries the silver colored version of the new iPhone 5S after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters). We Don’t Know If Our Patent System is Working

“Innovation” is a hot buzzword in Washington. In a city gripped by partisanship, being pro-innovation is something everyone can agree on. One of the most direct ways the federal government participat…

March 20, 2014

Infrastructure
Vehicles drive on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge in San Francisco, California September 2, 2013 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters). An Easy Way to Get Smarter on Infrastructure Finance

“The United States has an infrastructure investment problem,” so starts CFR Senior Fellow Heidi Crebo-Rediker’s compelling new policy innovation memo released yesterday. As we lay out in our report o…