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ADVISORY: WRI Press Call On Bonn Climate Negotiations, Talanoa Dialogue

ADVISORY: WRI Press Call On Bonn Climate Negotiations, Talanoa Dialogue WASHINGTON— Country delegates will convene in Bonn, Germany next week for the next round of UN climate negotiations (April 30-May 10). During this session, negotiators need to make considerable progress on designing a robust set of rules to underpin the Paris Agreement (sometimes referred to as the “Paris Rulebook”) so they can be finalized and adopted this December. In addition, the Talanoa Dialogue will play...
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Macron’s Visit Will Test the Franco-American Security Partnership

Apr 19, 2018In this July 13, 2017 file photo French President Emmanuel Macron listens to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, in the courtyard of Les Invalides after a welcoming ceremony in Paris. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP, File) As President Donald Trump prepares to welcome his Fren...

Cyber Week in Review: April 20, 2018

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have mis ...

Forests: The Cinderella of Climate Solutions

Forests: The Cinderella of Climate Solutions Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe story of Cinderella is a metaphor for the underappreciated role forests play in climate change mitigation. Photo by Elena Ringo/Wikimedia Commons Earth Day provides a timely opportunity to reflect on all the things that forests do for us – not least helping to stabilize the climate – and how little we seem to appreciate them.  Last November at “Forests Day” held on the sidelines of the UN climate negotia...

By Sending Spy to North Korea, America Raises the Stakes High

By Sending Spy to North Korea, America Raises the Stakes HighThe circumstances of the meeting between Kim and Pompeo are far less significant than its consequences. Despite the odd timing and public exposure, the Trump administration has used a proven channel to attempt an extraordinary mission. ...

US Congress Should Back Bill Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment

201710africa_zambia_land09 Expand Esther Mambwe and her family were evicted ...

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm’s Way

A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. ...

Mike Pompeo’s Secret Mission to Pyongyang

Mike Pompeo’s Secret Mission to Pyongyang North Korea has posed a vexing dilemma the answer to which has eluded four US presidents over the past quarter century. ...

Nigeria Faces a Crippling Population Boom

At a population conference in New York, Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) Eze ...

Promising Montana Program Offers Services to Help Medicaid Enrollees Succeed in the Workforce

A number of states are implementing or considering policies that would take Medicaid coverage away from enrollees not working a specified number of hours each month. ...

The Myth of Appeasement

The Myth of AppeasementDespite popular narratives to the contrary, Muslims are losing ground in India in socioeconomic terms. ...

‘No Comment’ in Burundi

The Burundian government desperately wants an overwhelming win in next month’s constitutional referendum that will enable the president to extend his term in office. To do this, it must present the image of unity in the country – and open debate and criticism are less than welcome. ...

Making the 2020 census succeed – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

The 2020 decennial census is critically important. Businesses rely on official statistics to make key decisions, and those statistics must be accurate. Policymakers rely on official statistics as well, for decisions as important as setting interest rates throughout the economy. And the research community needs accurate data to evaluate the effects of public policies. Many are concerned about the 2020 census’ funding, the controversial decision to include a question on US citizenship, and re...

Building resilience at the local level: A conversation with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

When Mitch Landrieu became mayor of New Orleans in 2010, he inherited a city struggling with stalled post-disaster recovery and persistent economic and social problems. At this event, Mayor Landrieu will reflect on how his city has worked to rebuild physically and economically, to reform local government institutions, and to address police-community relations, high crime rates, and long-standing class and racial fissures. He will discuss the challenges that remain for New Orleans and the less...

Foster kids, wronged by the courts – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

Why do our courts make decisions about the fate of children on a timeline designed for adults? That’s the question that Rachel Schneiter and her family are asking themselves as they await a decision about what will happen to the now-3-year-old baby girl they took into their home shortly after her birth. Schneiter never planned to be a foster mother. A nurse for 18 years in a suburb of Buffalo, she volunteered through a church group to help yo...

From Spark Tank to think tank: A conversation with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

Want to ask a question? Go to sli.do and enter code AEI to submit a question for consideration. Last fall, the US Air Force announced its first “Spark Tank” competition to crowdsource innovative and cost-effective solutions from airmen for increasing the force’s lethality. After the congressional budget deal reached earlier this year, the service is poised to implement these ideas and resource a return to...

Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

  The nation’s 2017 NAEP results, often called “The Nation’s Report Card,” were just released. The results were not great. AEI’s Nat Malkus reviews the data a...

Facebook fixes won’t be easy – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

Many agree that Facebook needs to make some changes. But those changes are a lot more complicated than the public conversation suggests. Let’s discuss three of what would seem to be the simplest moves Facebook could make: tighter standards for political speech, user verification, and allowing people to take their social network with them when they stop using Facebook. Tighter controls on political content seem relatively simple to implement. In fact, a few days before Facebook...

Discussing the legitimacy of the recent air strikes in Syria: Wolfowitz on BBC Radio’s ‘The Real Story’ – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/4-20-18_Wolfowitz_BBC_The-Real-Story.mp3 ...

How America can win its tech war with China – Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | In 60 seconds – AEI

The U.S.-China trade throwdown isn’t just about helping “American steel,” protecting Corporate America’s intellectual property, reducing bilateral trade deficits, or really much of what President Trump typically tweets about. To focus exclusively on tariffs or international investment flows misses the big picture. What’s actually playing out on a global stage is an escalating conflict to be the technological leader and thus leading economic superpower of t...