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June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

Former San Antonio (Chennai Sister City) Mayor Julian Castro meets Chennai Corporation Mayor Saidai Duraiswami in Chennai, India, on January 25, 2013. (U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)

April 2, 2020

United States
Reducing Disaster Costs by Building Better

Although local communities decide where and how development occurs, the federal government pays for those decisions when disaster strikes. In the face of climate change, the federal government should…

An aerial view of a burned neighborhood in Paradise, California, on November 15, 2018.

March 19, 2014

Infrastructure
Infrastructure Finance in America—How We Get Smarter

To advise state and local government on how best to use private investment and build more critical infrastructure in a cost-effective way, Heidi Crebo-Rediker recommends the federal government create a new advisory unit within the Treasury Department called "Infrastructure USA."

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February 28, 2019

Palestinian Territories
Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians

Trump’s new approach to the Palestinians will do more harm than good. The United States cannot solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it can and should avoid making it worse.

Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return demonstration in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on February 22, 2019.

January 12, 2015

Labor and Employment
A Bipartisan Work Plan

American workers continue to struggle with lost livelihoods and wasted opportunities amid the most sluggish recovery since the Great Depression. The United States needs new policies designed to help …

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December 9, 2013

Development
Banking on Growth: U.S. Support for Small and Medium Enterprises in Least-Developed Countries

The United States has made economic development a central tenet of its national security policy, alongside defense and diplomacy. One of the best and most cost-effective avenues for furthering econom…

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August 7, 2019

Women and Economic Growth
Investing in Girls’ STEM Education in Developing Countries

The education gender gap costs the world between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in human capital. U.S. aid programs need to equip girls and women to participate in the modern digital economy.

Students at a government school work on individual laptops, in Ahmedabad, India, on July 26, 2018.

December 7, 2015

Syria
Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation

Introduction Of all the factors currently tearing the Middle East apart, none is more consequential than the war in Syria.  The war has left some 250,000 Syrians dead, seven million internally dis…

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June 27, 2019

Cybersecurity
Solving the Identity-Protection Problem by Bringing the Post Office Into the Digital Age

Revamping the U.S. Postal Service could help solve long-standing problems with validating identities in the digital realm and make email a true substitute for physical mail.

Low-angle view of post office against blue sky.

June 28, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Political Warfare

The United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. All have …

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