The top Brookings videos of 2015

2015 was a big year for video at Brookings: We launched the “Brookings Creative Lab,” an innovative approach to video and visual storytelling that highlights research from across the Institution, and captured hundreds of videos of events and conversations with global leaders, policymakers, and our own experts. From a deep dive into marijuana policy in the U.S. to a conversation with the former Greek finance minister, here are some of the most popular Brookings videos of 2015:

An economic agenda for America: A conversation with Bernie Sanders

On February 9, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, to discuss his economic policy ideas to spur growth and rebuild America’s middle class.

Do Federal Taxes Reduce Income Inequality?

Just how unequal is the U.S. before taxes? How much–or how little, depending on your perspective–does the tax code change that? David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, explains.

The Modi government in India turns one: An assessment

On May 20, the India Project at Brookings hosted an event to assess the Modi government’s first year in office. The panelists considered developments over the last year in the economic, social, energy, and foreign policy realms, as well as in domestic politics.

Pat Mulroy on Lake Mead, water scarcity, and climate change

Drought continues to wreak havoc in the American West, especially in places like Lake Mead, Nevada. The impact of climate change plays itself out in the water arena says Brookings Senior Fellow Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. She discusses the crisis Southern Nevada faced during one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River. Read more about water scarcity in the U.S. here.

A conversation with Yanis Varoufakis

On April 16, the Global Economy and Development program and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy hosted former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis to discuss the Greek economy, the prospects for reform and economic renewal, and the details of any future strategic agreement among Greece, its European partners, and the International Monetary Fund.

A conversation with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

On October 27, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted President Joko Widodo of Indonesia for a discussion on the role of Indonesia in the changing world, focusing on economic opportunities and reforms, geopolitics, ASEAN, and international commitments.

What’s at stake in the war on marijuana?

According to Brookings Fellow John Hudak, it’s time for the federal government to recognize the serious policy risks in limiting medical marijuana research. Learn more about marijuana policy in the U.S. here.

The facts behind the student debt ‘crisis’

New data gleaned from U.S. government student loan and tax records on 4 million student-loan borrowers shows that the increase in borrowing—and the increase in defaults—is concentrated among the surging number of students at for-profit and two-year schools. Learn more about student debt in the U.S. here.

JFK’s forgotten crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian War

Bruce Riedel shares the gripping story of President Kennedy’s high stakes decision-making during the Sino-Indian war, one of the nations’ finest hours of diplomacy that coincided with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Learn more about his new book, JFK’s Forgotten Crisis here.

Baltimore and Beyond

After this year’s protests in Baltimore, residents are working to put their city back together and the city’s youth are playing an essential role to in transforming the community. Read more from Brookings experts on Baltimore here.

See all of our videos on the Brookings video channel and the Brookings Creative Lab channel.

Nawal Atallah contributed to this post.