Government & NGOs
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 20:04:00 04/16/10
With a historic new strategic arms accord successfully negotiated, the United States and Russia exemplify the importance of strong diplomatic ties between world powers. In this week’s @Brookings podcast, Steven Pifer, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, says the beginning of a new era in U.S.-Russia relations is underway. Featured Steven Pifer Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 52 VIEWS | ADDED 19:50:00 04/09/10
In this week’s @ Brookings podcast, Senior Fellow William Gale discusses the need to reform and simplify the complicated tax code. Gale explains why the system should be restructured, tallies up the benefits of giving it a comprehensive overhaul, and notes the political challenges that often stymie reform. Gale also discusses a missed opportunity to reform the way employer-provided health care benefits are treated under the tax code. Featured William G. Gale Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 51 VIEWS | ADDED 16:26:00 04/02/10
Despite frequent tensions between their countries, leaders in China and the United States realize that the two nations' fates are intertwined, especially in economic matters. Kenneth Lieberthal, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings, discusses the complicated relationship between the two global powers, and explains some of the economic and political interdependencies they face. He also addresses China's approach to Iran's development of nuclear capabilities and its reluctant agreement to pass a UN sanctions resolution. Featured Kenneth G. Lieberthal Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 48 VIEWS | ADDED 20:01:00 03/26/10
The political wrangling and procedural infighting that marked the path to passage of the health care reform legislation demonstrates the difficulty of achieving any policy goals in a Congress deeply divided over partisan lines. In this week’s @ Brookings podcast, expert Thomas Mann says the near-gridlock on Capitol Hill mirrors the deep divisions among the electorate. Featured Thomas E. Mann Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 41 VIEWS | ADDED 18:12:00 03/19/10
Every ten years, the federal government takes a nationwide census, collecting a gold mine of data that helps determine everything from how federal dollars are spent to where the lines of congressional voting districts are drawn. Andrew Reamer details the importance of an accurate census to our system of democracy and the smooth functioning of the economy, in this week’s @Brookings podcast. See the recent report, " Counting for Dollars: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Distribution of Federal Funds " for state, county and large metropolitan area data. Featured Andrew Reamer Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 40 VIEWS | ADDED 14:28:00 03/12/10
Alice Rivlin , the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and a Brookings senior fellow, says the soaring federal debt and deficits have put our financial security and the country’s future in peril. In this week’s @Brookings podcast, Rivlin says the public must demand that lawmakers take two unpopular steps: cut spending and raise revenue. Featured Alice M. Rivlin Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 56 VIEWS | ADDED 21:02:00 03/05/10
Opposition to trying alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court has led the Obama administration to consider a military tribunal instead. Meanwhile, controversy continues over when, where and how to try terrorism suspects, and what to do with some 220 detainees who remain at Guantánamo Bay a year after President Obama promised to close the infamous facility. Expert Ben Wittes discusses the complex issues behind the headlines in this week’s @Brookings podcast. Featured Benjamin Wittes Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 55 VIEWS | ADDED 16:56:00 03/01/10
@ Brookings takes an in-depth look at the polarizing effects of partisanship on Capitol Hill. Senior Fellow William Galston assesses the situation and offers some insight into how this way of doing business will affect the midterm elections. Featured William A. Galston Audio * Multimedia Downloadable Asset 2 (.mp3)
[LESS INFO] 47 VIEWS | ADDED 14:56:00 02/05/10
When President Obama’s proposed budget was released, education was declared among the “winners.” In this week’s @Brookings podcast, expert Russ Whitehurst says the proposed spending increases will make reform advocates smile, but could leave state legislators cold about the shift from state to federal funding.
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 21:14:00 01/29/10
In this week’s @Brookings podcast, expert Thomas Mann says President Obama’s first State of the Union speech had a clear message for members of his own party on Capitol Hill, while Martin Indyk , vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program, notes that Obama’s heavy emphasis on domestic issues sent a strong signal to governments around the globe that the President’s priorities are currently focused at home, not abroad.
[LESS INFO] 40 VIEWS | ADDED 22:23:00 01/22/10
As the United Kingdom raises its terror threat level to severe, concerns mount over al Qaeda’s presence in Yemen. This week @Brookings, Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel says history offers valuable lessons on how to deal with this issue in Yemen.
[LESS INFO] 39 VIEWS | ADDED 20:26:00 01/15/10
Expert Tom Mann says the past few elections have shown that the new power of small donors is a promising way to bring more people into the political process and dilute the influence of deep-pocket interest groups. A new report on campaign finance , in this week’s @ Brookings podcast.
[LESS INFO] 38 VIEWS | ADDED 21:19:00 01/08/10
The failed Christmas Day bomber may have trained in Yemen, but the nexus of al Qaeda and global terrorism remains in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this week’s @ Brookings podcast, Richard C. Holbrooke, special U.S. representative to the region, says strengthening democracy and restoring stability in those two troubled nations is crucial in the global fight against terrorism.
[LESS INFO] 42 VIEWS | ADDED 00:47:00 12/19/09
A new report on Afghanistan’s displaced population states that more must be done to help internally displaced people resettle in new areas of the country and rebuild their lives.
[LESS INFO] 60 VIEWS | ADDED 21:30:00 12/11/09
This week @Brookings, President Barack Obama presented his plan for creating jobs and spurring economic growth. The president outlined a package that includes tax incentives for small businesses, more spending on infrastructure projects and additional assistance for the unemployed.
@ Brookings Podcast: President Obama's Afghanistan Plan; The Reconfirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
[LESS INFO] 63 VIEWS | ADDED 22:47:00 12/04/09
In this week @Brookings, President Obama’s plan for a troop surge and timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan has drawn criticism from the left and the right—expert Bruce Riedel says it’s a necessary but risky move. Also, as Congress grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as he heads for a second term, expert Sarah Binder explains congressional concerns over the massive federal bailout to big banks and financial firms when the economic crisis hit.