Brookings Today, 1/16/15

A roundup of some of the content published today at Brookings. Note that Brookings will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

  • Best and worst State of the Union moments. As we prepare to watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech next week, Elaine Kamarck presents some of the best and worst from the president’s annual message.
  • Israeli elections. Natan Sachs continues his series on the upcoming Israeli elections, focusing this time on the prospects of the Labor Party, the main opposition party to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
  • Dark clouds for Greenland’s mining ambitions. Tim Boersma and Kevin Foley take a look at some major challenges for Greenland’s hopes for economic development from mining.
  • U.S.-South Korea collaboration on nuclear nonproliferation. In a new report, experts assess the prospects for continued Republic of Korea-U.S. collaboration on civil nuclear projects and nuclear nonproliferation, safety, and security.
  • Why Mali belonged next to France. Cynthia Schneider says that, during last week’s unity rally in Paris, it was “fitting that Malian President Boubacar Keita strode alongside President Hollande in mutual defiance of barbaric violence and in support of peace and unity.”