A roundup of some of the content published on brookings.edu today.
- Cities lead economic-equality revolution. Bruce Katz explains why cities and metro areas are leading the way to address poverty and inequality.
- Syrian civil war and the Middle East’s borders. Itamar Rabinovich reflects on the Syrian civil war and regional stability.
- Obama needs to do more. E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes of the importance of making government work better, which he says should be a top priority for President Obama during his remaining time in office.
- The 2008 Federal Reserve transcripts. Sarah Binder puts the FOMC transcripts from 2008 into the context of the Fed as a political institution trying to grapple with global financial meltdown.
- New student financial aid systems. Susan Dynarski predicts that Oregon’s and Michigan’s “Pay It Forward” student lending systems would collapse as currently proposed.
- More effective ways to spend financial aid dollars? Isabel Sawhill asks some fundamental questions about federal financial aid for college and its purposes.
- Nigeria sacked its central bank governor. Amadou Sy tells us why it matters and how much it will cost the country.
This is China stepping out of the shadows to play a more assertive role and to use its increasing leverage globally to get what it wants.