A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- The limits of Turkey’s hospitality for Syrian refugees. Kemal Kirişci reviews the tough challenges Turkey faces in dealing with the estimated 900,000 Syrian refugees in camps and urban areas.
- Negotiations on Iranian nuclear enrichment. With negotiations among the P5+1 countries, the EU and Iran set to resume this week, Robert Einhorn argues that Iran must “adopt a more realistic position on the enrichment issue.”
- America is in the midst of an infrastructure crisis, say Robert Puentes and Bruce Katz.
- Seattle’s minimum wage increase. Alan Berube reminds us that although the City of Seattle plans to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour, wages are a function of regional economics, and “the problems of low wages, inequality, and social mobility do not stop at city borders.”
- Arab countries in transition. Hafez Ghanem writes that while democratic transitions in countries like Syria, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen are challenged, “there is still hope for Arab democracy.”
- Longform might be the answer to the “ugly web,” explain Beth Stone and Darrell West.
I think it's unusual for the chief of staff to go on a trip, particularly on a trip this long. The chief of staff is usually more of a chief operating officer in the White House itself, and normally when your principal—whether it's the president himself or the head of Cabinet agency—goes abroad, you have his deputy and those folks staying behind to help manage operations in his absence.