Brookings Today, 3/7/14

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

  • Russia’s lawbreaking, simplified. Steven Pifer relates how Russia is violating the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, the agreement Ukraine made to trade its nuclear weapons for security.

  • Most important takeaway from Obama’s budget is … that over the next decade, non-defense discretionary spending will continue to drop. Bruce Katz explains the dramatic impacts.

  • Bad weather hurt the work week. Gary Burtless reviews the payroll gains but notes that the severe February weather “may have dampened employment growth.”

  • Fighting Pakistan’s Taliban through culture. Cynthia Schneider describes how one young Pakistani politician is using Pakistani culture to defy the Taliban.

  • Who profits from Africa’s boom? Amadou Sy asks, and answers, the key questions.

  • Big data and the Common Core. Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg make a positive connection between “big data” and Common Core standards analytics.

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.