Brookings Today, 2/13/15

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

  • Internet access in the developing world. Darrell West argues that it is especially important to make progress on global digital access, particularly in India and China.
  • Both work and work support to alleviate poverty. Ron Haskins says that both the left’s and the right’s approaches to tackling poverty—both support programs and incentives to work—are needed.
  • CBO timeline. The Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary policy presents highlights of the Congressional Budget Office, founded in 1975.
  • How does Obama rank among presidents? In a post for FixGov, Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaugh discuss how President Obama fared in their poll of American Political Science Association members.
  • Israel’s Syria policy. Itamar Rabinovich says that Israel must change its passive stance toward the Syrian civil war.
  • Pathways to STEM careers. Jessica Lee reflects on alternatives to traditional college degrees for those wanting to enter STEM fields.
  • Vladimir Putin, Russian nesting doll. In a new video, see the many layers of Russian President Vladimir Putin presented as a Russian nesting doll.
  • Development finance success. John McArthur explains why the Addis Ababa Financing for Development conference this summer “will mark a pivotal juncture on the world’s efforts to achieve sustainable development.”