Brookings Today, 5/12/14

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

  • The limits of Turkey’s hospitality for Syrian refugees. Kemal Kirişci reviews the tough challenges Turkey faces in dealing with the estimated 900,000 Syrian refugees in camps and urban areas.

  • Negotiations on Iranian nuclear enrichment. With negotiations among the P5+1 countries, the EU and Iran set to resume this week, Robert Einhorn argues that Iran must “adopt a more realistic position on the enrichment issue.”

  • America is in the midst of an infrastructure crisis, say Robert Puentes and Bruce Katz.

  • Seattle’s minimum wage increase. Alan Berube reminds us that although the City of Seattle plans to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour, wages are a function of regional economics, and “the problems of low wages, inequality, and social mobility do not stop at city borders.”

  • Arab countries in transition. Hafez Ghanem writes that while democratic transitions in countries like Syria, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen are challenged, “there is still hope for Arab democracy.”

  • Longform might be the answer to the “ugly web,” explain Beth Stone and Darrell West.