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August 5, 2014

Israel
Hamas’s War for Cash

Nowadays most of the press takes for granted the demands for a "Marshall Plan" for Gaza, rehabilitation of Gaza, and payment of salaries for civil servants. The humanitarian needs of the people of Ga…

August 1, 2014

Iran
The Gaza War and the Feeble PA

The Gaza war took a new turn today, when Hamas violated a cease-fire in order to kill and capture IDF soldiers. The reasonable conclusion to draw is that Hamas’s agreement to the cease-fire was a rus…

June 17, 2013

Education
Progress Report and Scorecard: Remedial Education

The Renewing America Initiative is publishing today a new Progress Report and Infographic Scorecard on federal education policy entitled “Remedial Education.” There is no single issue that is more im…

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March 21, 2013

Trade
The Rising Tide: A New Look at Trade, Jobs, and Wages

In the Council on Foreign Relations 2011 Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy, we noted that many economists had begun to worry that growing U.S. trade with developing countries…

A man rides his motorcycle past shipping containers at the Port of Shanghai (Aly Song/Courtesy Reuters).

December 16, 2013

United States
The Un-American Studies Association

The American Studies Association has voted 2-to-1 for an academic boycott of Israel. The best comment on this move came from former Harvard president Lawrence Summers, who criticized the idea that …

August 29, 2012

Education
Globalization, Job Loss, and Stagnant Wages: The Evidence Is Changing

For decades, economists resisted the conclusion that trade – for all of its many benefits — has also played a significant role in job loss and the stagnation of middle-class incomes in the United Sta…

An employee works on the assembly line at GM's Toledo Transmission Plant in Ohio (John F. Martin/General Motors Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

May 29, 2012

Education
A Long-Term Fix for Long-Term Unemployment

The gaps in the U.S. social safety net are about to become very large holes. For the past several years, lawmakers have repeatedly voted to extend unemployment insurance benefits, most recently in Fe…

A man looks at employment opportunities in San Francisco (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

February 27, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Remaking the U.S. Tax Code

In the Financial Times, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers writes that 2013 is the year the U.S. tax code should undergo a major overhaul. "…

January 24, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama's SOTU To-Do List

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union tonight, eight budget and public policy experts discuss the most important objectives the president must accomplish with his address (Fiscal Tim…

September 2, 2016

Europe and Eurasia
Cyber Week in Review: September 2, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Iran rolls out its halal internet. After six years of work, the Iranian government has finall…

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