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  • Order from Chaos

    After the emergency: What European migration policy will eventually look like

    Migrants disembark from the Italian coastguard vessel Peluso in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

    For months, Europe has been dealing with the hectic, day-to-day struggles of managing a massive migrant crisis. While those challenges dominate in the short term, European leaders must also start thinking about medium to long-term reforms to the European Union’s asylum and migration policies.

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  • Markaz

    Obama's exit calculus on the peace process

    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as leaders gathered to deliver a joint statement on Middle East Peace talks in the East Room of the White House in Washington September 1, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    One issue that has traditionally shared bipartisan support is how the United States should approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, write Sarah Yerkes and Ariella Platcha. However, this year both parties have shifted their positions farther from the center and from past Democratic and Republican platforms. How will that affect Obama’s strategy?

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  • Markaz

    Poll shows American views on Muslims and the Middle East are deeply polarized

    Attendees listen during a campaign rally for Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    A recent public opinion survey conducted by Brookings non-resident senior fellow Shibley Telhami sparked headlines focused on its conclusion that American views of Muslims and Islam have become favorable. However, the survey offered another important finding that is particularly relevant in this political season: evidence that the cleavages between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively, on Muslims, Islam, and the Israeli-Palestinians peace process are much deeper than on most other issues.

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  • The Metropolitan Revolution

    In Buenos Aires, a city commits to a long-neglected neighborhood

    The Centro del Gobierno, Buenos Aires’ city hall, faces the Parque Patricios.

    Leadership changes in Argentina and its capital city of Buenos Aires in December 2015 marked the beginning of a significant political moment for urban governance and innovation. With the former mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, now Argentina’s president and his former chief of staff, Horacio Rodriguéz Larreta, now the current mayor, for the first time in modern history the leadership of the country and its capital are aligned and focused on maximizing the potential of this metro region of more than 12 million people.

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  • The Avenue

    A tale of two trade fairs: Milwaukee’s globally relevant water proposition

    Downtown Milwaukee photo by brennanMKE

    As we have previously discussed, the decision to prioritize a single primary cluster in a regional economic development plan is challenging. For Milwaukee, this was especially difficult in development of its global trade and investment plan because it has three legitimate clusters:  energy, power and controls; food and beverage; and water technologies. The team developing the plan was reluctant to pick a favorite.  Read More

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  • Brown Center Chalkboard

    Innovations in workforce development: Partnering schools with industries

    Students of the Escuela Taller technical school carve adobe stones

    Governance Studies at Brookings recently hosted a half-day conference on the global context of modern manufacturing. A panel on innovations in workforce development addressed alternative education models, skill gaps in the manufacturing workforce, and the role that corporate partnerships can play in education. 

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  • Markaz

    What are the legal foundations of the Islamic State?

    Shi'ite fighters stand near a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants in the town of Tal Ksaiba, near the town of al-Alam March 7, 2015. Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia fighters struggled to advance on Saturday into the two towns of al-Alam and al-Dour near Tikrit, their progress slowed by fierce defence from Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

    Media coverage of the Islamic State has focused on the group’s grotesque use of violence and archaic governance style. Less attention has been paid, however, to the institutions that make those practices possible—institutions that lend the group legitimacy, at least in the eyes of supporters, as a sovereign state. 

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  • FixGov

    DNC Day One: The fight for unity among Democrats

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    Elaine Kamarck reviews Democratic Party efforts to generate unity among competing factions at the DNC in Philadelphia. As Sanders supporters booed and shouted down some speakers, Michelle Obama and others helped begin to healed the wounds of a contentious primary.

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  • Education Plus Development

    How overlooked innovations can streamline education systems

    Robots built with recycled materials are seen during the annual robotics fair for students supported by the Bolivian Education Ministry in La Paz, August 10, 2015.

    In continuation of our blog series on innovations in education, Rebecca Winthrop, Timothy P. Williams, and Eileen McGivney explore one of the biggest challenges in accelerating education systems: collecting and reporting data.  Read More

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  • Markaz

    Local elections could help unlock Palestinian political paralysis

    A Palestinian Central Election Commission worker updates a woman's details in the West Bank city of Nablus February 11, 2013. The Palestinian Central Election Commission on Monday began registering voters in Gaza and the West Bank for an upcoming election hoped to help with healing nearly six years of political rifts among rival factions. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

    Last month’s decision by the Palestinian Authority to schedule municipal elections in early October hardly registered in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, much less here in Washington. In light of Hamas’ recent decision to take part in the process, however, those elections have suddenly taken on new meaning. Local elections have the potential to unlock the current paralysis within Palestinian politics. 

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