Brookings Today, 2/20/15

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

  • North and South Korea. Kathy Moon discusses the two Koreas, prejudicial views of the North, and challenges both would face in unification.
  • How Greece might fall out of the Eurozone. Douglas Elliott calls a “Grexit” “a watershed event, with major implications for the Greek economy, its politics, and its geopolitical role.”
  • We still need U.S. bases in Afghanistan. Michael O’Hanlon argues that the Obama administration “has the wrong mind-set on our future U.S. military posture in Afghanistan.”
  • Do Americans favor ground forces to fight ISIS? William Galston looks at recent survey data that indicate that the American people are in favor of more muscular foreign and defense policy than the Obama administration has pursued.
  • Obama’s last Africa trip. Mwangi Kimenyi says that President Obama needs to “get out of his comfort zone” and visit Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya before his presidency ends.
  • Netanyahu’s address to Congress. William Galston looks at American public reaction to the planned speech by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Congress, and its intersection with the Iran nuclear negotiations.
  • Effects of not expanding Medicaid. Jeremy Barofsky examines data on what happens when many states choose not to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.