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    From North Korean Captivity to Freedom: Jeffrey Fowle

    The family of Jeffrey Fowle, his wife Tatyana (2nd R) and children Alex (L), Chris (2nd L) and Stephanie, surrounds family attorney Tim Tepe after Tepe read a family statement in Lebanon, Ohio (REUTERS/Skip Peterson).

    Jeffrey Fowle—an American detainee held in North Korea for over six months—was recently released to the United States, a move that has surprised many observers. Katharine Moon discusses what this move could mean, especially in the context of North Korea's recent series of surprise diplomatic efforts in the absence of its leader, Kim Jong-un.  Read More

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    Cross-Border Data Flows, the Internet and What it Means for U.S. and EU Trade and Investment

    A visitor takes a picture of a display of computer monitors produced by Vestel during the IFA Electronics show in Berlin September 4, 2014.

    Joshua Meltzer examines the role of cross-border data flows and the Internet in bilateral trade and investment opportunities for the United States and the European Union.  Read More

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    Building Bridges: Health Care, Meet Population Health

    There’s been considerable discussion recently about building a “Culture of Health” in communities across the nation. This is now a core strategic focus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and it’s aligned with many pilot projects and other efforts in the public and private sectors to improve nutrition and exercise opportunities, early childhood programs, social supports, and the other big influences on population health. One of the most promising yet most challenging fronts in these efforts is bridging the gap between good “health” and good “health care.”   Read More

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    Does Moving Across International Borders Boost Migrants' Incomes, Happiness and Freedom Satisfaction?

    Polish bank worker Hanna Mieszkowska, 53, poses with a wedding photograph of her son Piotr and his wife Ghizlane, who is of Moroccan origin, at her apartment in Warsaw June 19, 2013.

    In light of the renewed immigration debate in the United States and beyond, Milena Nikolova and Carol Graham examine the effect of migration on the well-being of native populations, and how migrants fare once they reach their destination countries.  Read More

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    Sponsored Journalism May Transform Journalists into Commodities

    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - A newspaper box outside the Watergate complex offers copies of the Washington Post for sale in Washington, August 6, 2013. Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos will buy the Washington Post newspaper for $250 million in a surprise deal that ends the Graham family's 80 years of ownership and hands one of the country's most influential publications to the businessman whose Internet company has transformed retailing.

    In response to the newest Brookings Essay, Jonathan Rauch reflects on the current state of the journalism industry. In an era where billionaires like Jeff Bezos can just buy venerable publications such as The Washington Post, how soon will journalists become like the public relations specialists that work for corporations?  Read More

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    Can the U.S. Army Win In A Complex World?

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers the keynote address to the Association of U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst).

    Federal Executive Fellow John Evans writes that America expects its military forces to win no matter what challenges lie in store. The Army Operational Concept, by recognizing the demands of future armed conflict and underscoring the merits of leader development, ensures that the Army has the will to win in a complex world.  Read More

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    Hutchins Roundup: Debt Restructuring, Mitigating Loss from Sudden Shocks, Inflation Expectations, and More

    The Hutchins Roundup

    This week's Hutchins Roundup highlights research on growth through debt restructuring, responding to disaster shocks with fiscal stimulus, influencing household decisions on consumption, and more.  Read More

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    Was Kim Jong-un’s Disappearing and Reappearing Act Ever a Mystery?

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang (REUTERS/KCNA).

    Kim Jong-un's absence from the public view for six weeks had prompted a flurry of speculation. After missing several high profile events, he reappeared with a walking stick on October 14th at a "field guidance" tour. Jonathan Pollack analyzes the facts surrounding the 31-year-old North Korean leader's disappearing and reappearing act, and distinguishes real concerns about the country from speculation.  Read More

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    A Systematic Use of Performance Based Logistics Will Save DoD Money

    After a crew of seven Soldiers removed all four blades and lead lag links from main rotor head of an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, Spc. Alexander Honey, from Lowville, N.Y., an Apache crew chief in Company A, 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, cleans all the components to properly inspect the parts for any wear or damage received from flying at camp Taji in Baghdad (REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Travis Zielinski).

    Michael O'Hanlon recaps an event held on October 14 by the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. The main topic was Performance Based Logistics, and how this concept can save the Department of Defense money.  Read More

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    Engaging North Korea: Calls for Leadership

    A spectator holds a pro-unification flag with the Korean peninsula on it before the start of the gold medal match between North Korea and South Korea at Munhak Stadium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon).

    During the month of September, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies hosted three events on issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. Though each event was organized with its own distinct topic, similar concerns resonated throughout discussions. Paul Park and Katharine Moon recount the conversations and examine urgent matters that may have been overlooked.  Read More

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