Brookings Today, 12/17/14

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

  • Brookings experts on the U.S. diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba:
    • Ted Piccone: “This is precisely the kind of bold presidential leadership needed to move our relations not only with Cuba but with the region and the world to a more positive and constructive place.”
    • Richard Feinberg: “[President Obama’s new measures advance U.S. long-term interests by supporting the opening of the Cuban economy to international trade and investment, the growth of the emerging private sector and the decentralization of business decision making—all policies that the United States supports worldwide.”
    • Harold Trinkunas: “The release of Alan Gross from his imprisonment in Cuba is good news, both for humanitarian reasons and because of what his freedom means for possible progress in U.S.-Cuba relations.”
  • The Nixon Sightings (part III). Steve Hess, author of The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House, recalls a key moment in his time working with Richard M. Nixon. In this story: November 22, 1963.
  • Private capital, public good. Rob Puentes and Patrick Sabol present nine recommendations for public leaders who are considering public-private partnerships for infrastructure.
  • The future of cyber policy in China. Josh Bleiberg and Darrell West discuss a recent event about how China, if it really wants to become a military and economic superpower, must institute large policy changes in its information and communications technologies.
  • Should we worry about low fertility? Isabel Sawhill puts low fertility rates in some rich countries, including the U.S., into the context of upward mobility.
  • Americans and the CIA torture report. Bill Galston reflects on the fact that “a majority of the American people are prepared to endorse what they regard as torture to safeguard the country.”
  • Coping with budget uncertainty. David Wessel sums up a Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy event to uncertainty in federal budget projections.