Brookings Today, 11/17/14

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

  • Origins of the Islamic State (ISIS). Bruce Riedel explains the origins of ISIS.
  • Is $3 billion too much for the Green Climate Fund pledge? Following the U.S. announcement of a $3 billion pledge to the multilateral Green Climate Fund (GCF), Timmons Roberts examines the pledge closely.
  • Taiwan-China meeting at APEC. Richard Bush explains why the meeting at the recent APEC event between Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, and Wang Yu-chi, chairman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Office, was important.
  • Can the G-20 plan boost economic growth? Colin Bradford says the Brisbane target of an additional 2 percent of global GDP growth by 2018 is ambitious, but feasible.
  • Did Democrats’ Bannock Street Project fail? Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell West look at the available evidence on the effectiveness of the Democratic Party’s recent digital campaign outreach effort.
  • Mexico’s security and anti-crime strategy under Peña Nieto. Vanda Felbab-Brown details key vulnerabilities in Mexico’s policies to reduce violence and offers recommendations for a comprehensive law enforcement strategy.

    Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.