Brookings Today, 11/24/14

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

  • Reflections on Defense Secretary Hagel’s tenure. Michael O’Hanlon says that he was never convinced that Chuck Hagel was the strongest choice for Secretary of Defense when appointed, but now that he is being pushed out, he explains why it is possible that Hagel is not a fair target.
  • Challenging critics of transparency in government. Norm Eisen discusses the debate over transparency in government and says governments needs more transparency, not less.
  • Safeguarding the role of displaced communities. Elizabeth Ferris explains why the notion that communities to be displaced or otherwise affected should be involved in the process is central to any discussion about planned relocations.
  • Relieving congestion to boost metro trade. Joseph Kane and Adie Tomer argue that “it’s time to tailor our freight improvements” based on what the data show about high-volume trade corridors.
  • Politics and Polarization in Washington. Thomas Mann reflects on his career in Washington, during which he’s observed politics and polarization in Washington.

Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.