Brookings Today, 10/31/14

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

  • Latin America: Grand vision of a shared future. In the latest Brookings Cafeteria podcast, Ernesto Talvi explains why there are actually three Latin Americas.
  • The roots of the Islamic State’s appeal. Shadi Hamid questions what the connection is between ISIS’s rise to prominence and Islam.
  • Is the EPA a campaign issue? In this midterm election series post, Philip Wallach weighs in on how the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is faring in retail politics.
  • Infrastructure on the ballot. Next week, voters in several states and metros will have a say in the future of their region’s infrastructure. Joseph Kane and Robert Puentes examine the key issues at stake.
  • What is Russia up to in the Baltics? Robert Hein looks at Russia’s recent provocations in the Baltics and discusses the influence of Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin on Russia’s foreign policy.
  • Africa in the News. A regular roundup of news about Africa, including the resignation of Burkina Faso’s president.
  • Key issues in the Kentucky Senate race. Writing for FixGov blog’s election series, University of Kentucky Associate Professor Stephen Voss answers questions about the race between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R) and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.