Brookings Today, 7/16/14

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

  • Concern about Iran’s policies  in the Middle East. Natan Sachs testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Iran’s destabilizing role in the Middle East with a particular focus on Israel.

  • World Bank lending for coal-fired power. Nigel Purvis, Abigail Jones and Cecilia Springer ask what the role of the World Bank is in retrofitting coal-fired power plants in middle-income countries.

  • Sustainable development goals. Homi Kharas and John McArthur consider the large task in developing post-2015 sustainable development goals.

  • Carbon-intensity standards in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Philip Wallach and Alex Abdun-Nabi point out the discrepancies in state carbon-intensity standards contained in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

  • Understanding the Fed’s new job market index. David Wessel addresses the considerations behind the Fed’s new job market index.

  • Evolving information and communications technology. Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell West illustrate the rapidly transforming world of information and communications technology.

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.