Brookings Today, 7/14/14

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

  • Diplomacy can save Iraq. Vali Nasr argues that diplomacy can still work in Iraq without resulting in redrawing Middle Eastern borders.

  • Government failure. Paul Light studies recent examples of government failure, analyzing their causes and asking what can prevent them in the future.

  • Perceptions of the American Dream. Richard Reeves and Joanna Venator find that solid liberals and hard pressed skeptics have little faith in the state of the American Dream.

  • Manufacturing in America. Hillary Schaub and Darrell West discuss the future of manufacturing in America.

  • Kerry’s diplomatic breakthrough in Afghanistan. Michael O’Hanlon explains the deal agreed upon by both candidates in Afghanistan’s presidential elections to recount all ballots.

  • Who is Caliph Ibrahim? Bruce Riedel puts Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as Caliph Ibrahim, in perspective.

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.