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    Making sense of NATO on the US presidential campaign trail

    (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins) NATO and U.S. flags flutter as U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter flies over the military air base in Siauliai, Lithuania, April 27, 2016.

    NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has become a hot issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. In an interview with The New York Times, Republican nominee Donald Trump said that “we have many NATO members that aren’t paying their bills” and has even suggested that coming to the aid of the Baltic states, if attacked by Russia, would depend on whether those states have “fulfilled their obligations to us.” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, called NATO “the most successful alliance in history,” and her campaign said that that Trump’s remarks to The New York Times showed he is “temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our commander in chief.” Here is some background and expert insight about NATO.  Read More

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    Rio's olympic economic gamble in the Summer Games

    (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) A construction worker walks by a logo of the Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 27, 2016.

    The lead up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been tumultuous for the city. Rio invested billions of dollars to host the Summer Games, yet reports state that the infrastructure will not be ready in time; athletes and attendees are opting out for fear of the Zika virus; and the athletes’ village may be uninhabitable. Sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, author of “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup,” answered some questions about Rio’s investment in hosting the Olympics and whether, in the end, the benefits will outweigh the costs, risks, and controversies.  Read More

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    WATCH: Experts on the failed coup in Turkey, what it means, and what happens next

    Turkey after the coup

    On July 15, some members of Turkey’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Forces loyal to the government as well as civilian supporters thwarted the coup by the next morning as President Erdoğan addressed the nation from Istanbul. This week, experts from Foreign Policy at Brookings offered their analysis about the implications of the coup attempt and aftermath for Turkish democracy, the regional situation—including the civil war in Syria and the fight against ISIS—and Turkey’s critical role in regional, European, and global affairs. Here are video highlights of their remarks.  Read More

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    Podcast: "Islam is a really complicated religion"

    Copies of the Quran rest on a book shelf during Friday prayer service at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    In a recent episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid spoke candidly about growing up Muslim-American and his research on political Islam. In a wide-ranging conversation, Hamid, author of the new book, "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World," said that "One thing I've really come to appreciate more is that Islam is a really complicated religion, when you dive into the theology, history, and culture-it's not the easiest religion to understand. I don't think it's conducive to sound bites." Listen to the episode here.  Read More

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    WATCH: CIA Director Brennan on emerging challenges for the US, enhanced interrogation techniques, drones, cyber threats, and terrorism in Saudi Arabia

    CIA Director John Brennan speaks at Brookings, July 13, 2016.

    Earlier this week, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to discuss the biggest threats to U.S. national security and the tactics the agency is using to meet those challenges. As Director Brennan explained, the CIA is tasked with adapting to an increasingly complex and dangerous world. The agency’s many challenges include combating the rise of ISIS, navigating the benefits and detriments of using enhanced interrogation techniques and drones, and facilitating innovation and integration within the agency, and among the U.S. intelligence community, the private sector, and the international community. Watch video highlights here.  Read More

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    What Brookings experts are saying about Brexit

    (REUTERS/Neil Hall) Participants hold a British Union flag and an EU flag during a pro-EU referendum event at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 19, 2016.

    Voters in the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. British PM David Cameron has resigned. The choice in favor of "Brexit" will have significant economic and political consequences that Brookings scholars have been analyzing and commenting on. Here is some of what they are saying.  Read More

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    10 things we learned at Brookings in June

    North Station Track (by Pi.1415926535, via Wikimedia Commons)

    As June comes to an end, a review of content produced by Brookings experts shows another month of analysis and commentary on the widest range of issues possible. While Brexit dominated the headlines at month's end, there was much more on our scholars' plates.  Read More

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    WATCH: Brookings experts discuss Brexit

    Panelists at a Brookings event on Brexit, June 29, 2016: (L-R) Homi Kharas; Thomas Wright; Aaron Klein; Fiona Hill.

    “The Labour Party is in a state of utter collapse,” Thomas Wright declared in a conversation with other Brookings scholars about the U.K. vote to leave the EU and the shock waves that the so-called “Brexit” has already set off. Economists Homi Kharas and Aaron Klein highlighted the effect Brexit has and will have on developing economies and the U.S. economy, while Fiona Hill spoke to how Russia sees the outcome. Uncertainty looms over nearly every aspect of the unprecedented British exit from the EU, as the British chose sovereignty over wealth in the recent referendum that has wide-reaching political and economic implications. Here are video highlights from the event. Visit the event's page to get full video, and see what Brookings scholars have been saying and writing about Brexit.  Read More

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    Experts discuss whether taking on student debt is worth it

    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) - Students hold up signs as they attend a demonstration calling for lower tuition at Hunter College in the Manhattan borough of New York November 12, 2015.

    In the latest Intersections podcast, experts Beth Akers and Jonathan Rothwell discuss with host Adrianna Pita the current state of higher education, student debt, and whether taking on that debt is worth it. Get highlights and download the episode here.

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    In latest Brookings Essay, Phil Klay discusses PTSD and the challenges veterans face returning to civilian life

    (REUTERS/Mike Theiler) Vietnam veteran Larry Edwards of Ellsworth, KS, sports a personal license plate "PTSD" for the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome he still suffers for his service in Vietnam.

    June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day. In the latest Brookings essay, National Book Award winner and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay explains the challenge veterans face reintegrating into civilian life, including reconciling their actions done in combat when they return home. Similarly, in a 2015 address to Brookings, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) stated, “Our troops are doing everything we ask of them and we must ask ourselves, ‘Are we doing everything we can for them?’ and the answer I say with profound sadness is ‘we are not’.” One of the ways that Sen. McCain suggests the United States can improve care for its veterans is by expanding the treatment available for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Read More

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