Brookings Today, 6/9/14

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

  • The rise of innovation districts. Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner discuss the rise of innovation districts—geographic areas where leading-edge companies, research institutions, start-ups, and business incubators are located in dense proximity.

  • Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Tamara Wittes, writing from the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, reviews the Obama administration’s Middle East policy.

  • The challenges facing Palestine. Khaled Elgindy discusses the future of Palestine in light of recent political, social, and economic challenges.

  • Can we change the costs of cancer care? Jeffrey Nadel and Kavita Patel find that providers, payers, and patients can create a more effective cancer care model that would reduce costs and inefficiencies in the system.

  • Making global progress on climate change. Timmons Roberts and Marco Grasso call for compromise to break the impasse on climate change negotiations at the UN, suggesting, among other options, deals between smaller groups and fairer ways of measuring country emissions.

  • Seattle’s new minimum wage. Gary Burtless examines the possible impact of a new $15/hour minimum wage on Seattle’s business and employment opportunities.

  • Settling Ukraine’s crisis. Steven Pifer offers some policy suggestions for new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.  

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.