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  • TechTank

    Deciding Who Will Govern the Internet

    Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), attends a meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (not seen) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia October 9, 2013.

    In March the United States announced that it would relinquish its oversight of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is an enormously important organization that administers the Internet.  There is an emerging consensus that international governance of ICANN is coming but there are many unanswered questions.

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  • Iran at Brookings

    The Islamic State Creates Frenemies in Iraq

    Mehdi Army fighters march during military-style training in Najaf, Iraq.

    Longtime foes Iran and the U.S. have suddenly found themselves on the same side of the fight against Islamist militants in Iraq. In a new Foreign Policy Essay on Lawfare, Afshon Ostovar examines Iran’s role in this fight and what this could mean for the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

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  • Brookings Now

    Brookings Today, 7/29/14

    Brookings Today

    A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.  Read More

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  • Brookings Now

    In Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, Shadi Hamid Explains Islamists' "Willingness to Die"

    "This idea that you can have a revolution and then overnight you get to liberal democracy is not only unrealistic, it's totally ahistorical. This is not the way political change happens. So we have to readjust our expectations," said Brookings Fellow Shadi Hamid in a recent two-part Brookings Cafeteria podcast on Islamists, Democracy, and the Roots of Middle East Violence. In the podcast, Hamid discussed political Islam, his experiences meeting with various leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed Morsi, and Islamists "willingness to die."  Read More

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  • Up Front

    Dueling Long-Term Projections Highlight Uncertain Trajectory for Health Care Costs

    Louise Sheiner and Brendan Mochoruk explain why beyond 2040, long-term projections for Medicare spending from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Congressional Budget Office diverge.  Read More

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  • Africa in Focus

    The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: The Case for Doing More in Congo

    Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) take positions near its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out in eastern Congo June 12, 2014.

    As leaders prepare to gather for next week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Michael O'Hanlon discusses the continent's overall security trends and argues that the summit provides a rare opportunity for the United States to support and strengthen local solutions to conflict, particularly in the Congo.  Read More

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  • Social Mobility Memos

    Wealth Gaps: Time for Asset-Based Mobility Policies?

    While income gaps are often the focus of inequality discussions, Richard Reeves points out that wealth gaps are much greater than income gaps and may matter a great deal in terms of intergenerational mobility.  Read More

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  • The Avenue

    Place and the Paul Ryan Poverty Plan

    Paul Ryan, U.S. congressman (R-WI), waits to speak at the SALT conference in Las Vegas May 16, 2014.

    The new poverty plan unveiled last week by Rep. Paul Ryan has definitely sparked a conversation, generating a flurry of responses from positive to critical to somewhere in between (call it skeptical). By not engaging in a budget cutting exercise as in the past, Ryan has framed his proposals as an effort to start a conversation in Washington about real policy reforms to more effectively fight poverty and promote economic opportunity.

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  • FixGov

    Turnout in Congressional Primaries & Rising Polarization

    REUTERS/Mark Makela- A woman exits the Greek Orthodox Church voting center after casting her ballot on primary election day in Philadelphia May 20, 2014.

    In a new paper, Elaine Kamarck explains how Congressional primaries are contributing to polarization, while popular reform efforts will do little to address the problem. She argues that boosting primary turnout is the key to combating polarization in Congress and a National Primary Day may be the best solution.

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  • TechTank

    Human-Robot Partnerships: Design & Policy Implications

    Honda's latest version of the Asimo humanoid robot runs during a presentation in Zaventem near Brussels July 16, 2014. Honda introduced in Belgium an improved version of its Asimo humanoid robot that it says has enhanced intelligence and hand dexterity, and is able to run at a speed of some 9 kilometres per hour (5.6 miles per hour).

    The initial purpose of robots was to alleviate unnecessary and tedious burdens on people through automation. In her new paper on the subject, Heather Knight explains how different cultural perceptions impact the mission of helping humans and robots work better together.  Read More

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