Brookings Today, 9/19/14

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

  • Anxiety about a nuclear deal with Iran. Intense negotiations on the nuclear issue are on the agenda for Iran at this year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting. Suzanne Maloney provides insight on the discussions likely to take place over the next few weeks, and why the mood is “downbeat.”
  • President Obama issues executive order to help control antibiotic resistance. Greg Daniel and co-authors summarize the recent announcement from the Obama administration.
  • A U.S. Army Corps for NATO? John Evans takes a deeper look at the challenges facing NATO and suggests that overcoming ISIS, the Ebola epidemic and the ongoing war in Afghanistan might require deployment of a Corps headquarters to Europe.
  • The economic cost of climate change. Michael Greenstone explains why we should care about the economic costs of climate change, in advance of next week’s webcast and forum with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
  • Germany and Japan’s new initiatives on renewable energy. Japan and Germany are transforming their electricity mix by moving away from nuclear energy. John Banks highlights some of the key takeaways from an Energy Security Initiative report on their experiences
  • Income tax changes and economic growth. Bill Gale highlights recent research on the tenuous link between income tax reforms and economic growth. He concludes that the justification for sweeping income tax reform changes must rest primarily on objectives other than economic growth.

Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.