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November 13, 2018

Turkey
U.S. Should Reassess Its Approach Toward Turkey, Writes Steven A. Cook in New CFR Report

November 13, 2018—“While Turkey remains formally a NATO ally, it is not a partner of the United States,” writes Steven A. Cook in the Council Special Report, Neither Friend nor Foe: The Future of U.S…

Turkey CSR Cover

June 2, 2015

Infrastructure
U.S. Aviation Infrastructure

The United States has the most heavily-trafficked aviation system in the world, but its airports and airlines lag other developed countries in performance. While the United States is a leader in airc…

A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 takes off at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 7, 2015 (Louis Nastro/Reuters).

August 6, 2014

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: How Canada Lets Local Governments Pick Immigrants

Comprehensive U.S. immigration reform is dead.  More than a year after the U.S. Senate passed its reform bill, the House has not voted on comprehensive reform.  The upcoming mid-term elections will l…

Canadian flags line the road around Parliament Hill during the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa

April 18, 2014

Infrastructure
Driverless Cars

Driverless cars promise great benefits such as fewer accidents, elimination of drunk driving, better utilization of existing highways, and letting commuters work or relax while en route. The technolo…

A monitor in the back seat displays sensor readings and other information in a driverless car at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University (Kevin Bartram/Courtesy Reuters).

December 3, 2013

Education
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

The Space Race of the 1960s spurred groundbreaking investments in research and education, inspiring a generation of Americans to enter the fields of science and engineering. These investments not onl…

With the Earth in the background, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm (Photo provided by NASA/Courtesy Reuters).

November 8, 2013

Corporate Governance
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Questioning the Wisdom of Corporate Tax Incentives

Many states and cities offer a variety of tax incentives (credits, exemptions, deductions) to businesses with the aim of spurring growth and job creation, but few carefully analyze the costs and bene…

The shuttered General Motors Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012 (Jeff Kowalsky /Courtesy Reuters).

October 21, 2013

Education
Student Loans and U.S. Prosperity

Sticker shock was rampant among many freshmen in the class of 2017. The annual price of a private four-year university is now edging toward $60,000. As a result, federal student loans will play a key…

A student walks on the campus of San Francisco State University (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

October 31, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
The Saudis Are Killing America’s Middle East Policy

Mohammad bin Salman isn’t just ruining his own reputation—he’s spoiling Washington’s policies across the region.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is seen during a meeting with U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. March 27, 2018

July 1, 2013

Education
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Adaptive Education

If many technology startups and established education firms have their way, the future of education will more closely resemble a one-on-one private tutor than a traditional schoolhouse classroom with…

A first grade student listens during a computer lesson in school (Courtesy Reuters).

June 11, 2013

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: A One-Stop Welfare Shop

The United Kingdom is implementing a major welfare reform, replacing a constellation of social support programs with a single monthly payment, the universal credit. The amount a recipient receives wi…

A young, unemployed teacher works as a babysitter as she looks for a full-time position (Alessandro Bianchi/Courtesy).