Opportunity 08: Independent Ideas for Our Next President

Opportunity 08 - On the Issues

Martha Raddatz Watch Brookings experts discuss provocative issues with ABC News senior White House correspondent Martha Raddatz in Opportunity 08’s On the Issues series. The video dialogues examined the topics important to our nation and the world and which shaped the presidential campaign.


 


U.S. Relations with China

Michael GreenThe rise of China has created a number of geopolitical and diplomatic challenges. Michael Green says that our next president will work to maintain good relations with China.

U.S. Relations with China »
Michael Green

Corporate Governance

Richard ThornburghFormer U. S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh examines today’s corporate culture and finds that, while it is replete with good corporate citizens, we've seen a culture of greed and failure to observe basic fiduciary duties in the first part of this decade.

Corporate Governance »
 Richard Thornburgh 


Middle East Policy Options for the Next President

Martin IndykIn this interview with ABC News senior White House correspondent Martha Raddatz, Brookings senior fellow and Saban Center for Middle East Policy director Martin Indyk discusses the state of the Mideast and U.S. policies in the region.

Middle East Policy Options for the Next President »
 Martin Indyk 

Immigration Reform Ideas for Our Next President

Audrey SingerReforming immigration policy is critical to the economic, social and civic well-being of the nation, Singer says. Doing so entails a broad set of reforms that our next president needs to address.

Immigration Reform Ideas for Our Next President »
Audrey Singer 

Rental Housing and Home Ownership

Bruce KatzDespite the fact that one-third of all Americans - representing 36 million households - live in rental housing, rental policy often takes a back seat to home-ownership policy in Washington. To ensure that low- and moderate-income Americans can afford rental housing, Bruce Katz says that the next president needs to help supplement incomes through tax credits, empower local governments to expand and preserve the supply of affordable housing and deal with the subprime mortgage crisis.

Rental Housing and Home Ownership »
Bruce Katz

Extending Deregulation

Robert CrandallFew industries remain subject to classic economic regulation in the United States. Senior Fellow Robert Crandall says the next president should help remove some of the controls left on these industries in order to help promote economic expansion.

Extending Deregulation »
Robert Crandall

Winning the War of Ideas in the Islamic World

Peter SingerThe U. S. mission in Iraq has reached the mid-decade mark, while U.S. troops continue to battle Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Senior Fellow Peter W. Singer says our next president will need a thoughtful plan for improving America’s relationship with the Islamic world.

Winning the War of Ideas in the Islamic World »
 Peter W. Singer

Optimism in Afghanistan

Despite some reports out of Washington that the war in Afghanistan is on the brink of failure, Brookings expert Jeremy Shapiro says that the mood among American and NATO troops on the ground is optimistic. The reason they are optimistic, Shapiro says, is that Afghans today are seeing the increasing capacity of their government and security services and are increasingly rejecting the insurgency.

 Optimism in Afghanistan »
 Jeremy Shapiro

The Cost of Medicare

Alice RivlinPaying for Medicare threatens the solvency of the U.S. budget while meeting the needs of the aging Medicare population is a demographic battle. Senior Fellow Alice Rivlin says that, while difficult, our next president must control the costs while maintaining the program.

The Cost of Medicare »
 Alice Rivlin

A Political and Diplomatic Surge for Iraq

Carlos PascualThe nation has been at war in Iraq for five years. Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of Foreign Policy, says, when looking at Iraq, there are critical lessons to be learned from prolonged conflicts in Kosovo, Somalia and Bosnia. Examining the state of political reconciliation among competing groups in Iraq, he also calls for a political and diplomatic surge.

A Political and Diplomatic Surge for Iraq »
 Carlos Pascual

Health Care Challenges for Our Next President

Henry AaronSenior Fellow Henry Aaron explains to ABC’s Martha Raddatz that our next president will confront major health policy decisions with far-reaching effects on the life of virtually every American.

Health Care Challenges for Our Next President »
Henry Aaron

Contending with the Rise of China

Richard BushChina is an economic powerhouse, a key member of the United Nations Security Council and a world leader that continues to expand its influence. Richard C. Bush III says now is the time for the United States to embrace a strategy of engagement with China.

Contending with the Rise of China »
 Richard Bush

Climate Change and Global Trade

William AntholisTwo of the top issues that the next president of the United States must face are climate change and global trade. William Antholis explains how the United States can seek breakthroughs in reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions and succeed in an open world trading system.

Climate Change and Global Trade »
 William Antholis

Military Recruitment

Michael O'HanlonWhile the United States military’s technical superiority remains unmatched, the military itself is too small to meet the growing demands of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the global war on terror. Michael O’Hanlon explains how the military can rapidly build up its number of recruits without instituting a draft.

Military Recruitment »
Michael O'Hanlon

Attacking Poverty and Inequality

Ron HaskinsIn the late 1990s, Congress and President Clinton collaborated on bi-partisan legislation that led to a substantial decline in child poverty in the United States – especially in African-American communities. Ron Haskins explains that the next president should reinvigorate the fight against poverty through increasing benefits while requiring more personal responsibility.

 Attacking Poverty and Inequality »
Ron Haskins

Military Readiness

Peter SingerPeter Singer explains how the next U.S. President should ensure that the ranks of our military continue to grow and that our troops have the resources they need to remain ready and capable.

Military Readiness »
Peter W. Singer