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    Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah lays out clear parameters for future negotiations with Taliban

    Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah delivers remarks at Brookings, March 26, 2015. (Photo by Paul Morigi)

    Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive officer of Afghanistan, to discuss Afghanistan's security challenges, its strategic partnership with the United States, and the future of Afghanistan following the departure of international forces. In his remarks, Dr. Abdullah commented on a wide range of matters, including the unity government of which he is a part; his and President Ghani's visit to Washington this week and the importance of the U.S.-Afghan relationship; continued progress on improving life for millions of Afghans, including women and children; and to national and regional security issues. Watch in the video below as he discusses what he terms "the main challenge in Afghanistan," which is security against terrorism.

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    Dreier Roundtable keynotes focus on bridging immigration divide in Washington

    Barry Jackson and Felicia Escobar deliver keynote addresses at the Dreier Roundtable conversation on immigration reform for STEM graduate visas, March 26, 2015.

    Today, the Dreier Roundtable and Brookings hosted the roundtable's inaugural conference in Washington, DC, focusing on how to retain foreign graduates of U.S. universities in STEM fields. Following opening remarks by David Dreier, former member of Congress and now a Brookings Distinguished Fellow, and a panel discussion led by Bill Antholis, director and CEO of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and a former Brookings scholar, closing keynote addresses were delivered by Barry Jackson and Felicia Escobar. Jackson is managing director of The Lindsey Group and is former chief of staff to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as well as a former adviser to President George W. Bush. Escobar is currently special assistant to the president for immigration policy.  Read More

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    New Brookings interactive shows the distance between people and jobs in metropolitan America is growing

    Neighborhood trends in the number of nearby jobs, Washington DC area

    New analysis from Elizabeth Kneebone and Natalie Holmes of the Metropolitan Policy Program finds that between 2000 and 2012 the distance between people and jobs in America’s metropolitan areas increased. As they note in the report, “Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers.” Their findings are displayed in a new two-part interactive. The first part maps the neighborhood changes within individual metropolitan areas throughout America and the second compares the trends of 96 large metropolitan areas. Keep reading for more details on the features of each part, or view the interactive online.  Read More

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    Brown Center publishes 14th report on American education with focus on reading gender gap, the Common Core, and student engagement

    The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings has published the 14th report in its series, "The Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?" In this 2015 edition, author Tom Loveless, a senior fellow, examines three subjects.  Read More

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    Why Korean reunification will be more difficult than German

    Visitors look north through a barbed wire fence on which South Korean flags and reunification banners are hung, on Freedom Bridge at Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak)

    In a recent Brookings Cafeteria podcast, Senior Fellow Kathy Moon, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, talked about a variety of issues related to North Korea and the Korean peninsula. In her response to a question about the challenges of reunification between North Korea and South Korea, she discussed the many challenges, including cultural divisions, economic concerns, and the impact reunification would have on South Korea's political system.
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    The economic benefits of fracking

    Innovations in drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) have enabled tremendous amounts of natural gas to be extracted from underground shale formations that were long thought to be uneconomical. But has this shale gas boom translated in an economic boom? According to Catherine Hausman and Ryan Kellogg, who shared the first-ever estimates of broad-scale welfare and distributional implications of fracking as part of the most recent conference of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA), the answer is yes. Here’s why.  Read More

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    Inequality may not grow in the way Piketty predicts

    BPEA inequality

    As part of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA), 26-year-old graduate student Matthew Rognlie explains why inequality may not grow in the way that Thomas Piketty's famously predicted.  Read More

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    What a single woman’s income suggests about sex, contraception, and abortion rates

    New research suggests that a single woman’s income can be a factor in whether or not she has an unintended birth. In fact, poor, single women ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. have over five times more unintended births than affluent women.

    A comprehensive review of single women’s sexual activity, contraception use, and abortion rates show major trends by income level that directly affect unintended childbearing rates. Since an unintended birth can shape a family for generations, it is important to examine the implications of this income gap and then work to narrow it.

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    3 ways to improve policing in America

    In advance of the release of the Justice Department’s report on the Ferguson Police Department, Brookings’s Governance Studies program convened a panel of experts to help answer the question: what can we do to improve the relationship between minorities and the police?  

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    What Brookings experts are saying about the King v. Burwell oral arguments

    Protestors in favor of the Affordable Care Act demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington March 4, 2015 (REUTERS/Gary Cameron).

    Brookings experts provide explainers, highlights from the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and more about the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


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