A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Future of oil production in Iraq. Kenneth M. Pollack predicts the effect of Iraq’s security situation on the country’s oil production, suggesting a potential production decline in the long term depending on various factors.
- Partisanship as a threat to federal management. Thomas E. Mann describes IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s appearance at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee and the partisan politics that threaten effective public management.
- Potential benefits of private airport competition. Clifford Winston and Jia Yan ask whether private airport competition could lead to more efficient pricing that benefits travelers, airports, and airlines alike.
- The role of character in politics. Richard V. Reeves looks at the role of character in the politics of social mobility.
- The rise of Khalifa Hifter in Libya. Ibrahim Sharqieh discusses the implications of Libya’s “fair dictator” General Khalifa Hifter in the broader context of the insecurity facing the country.
- Requirements of bank liquidity. Douglas J. Elliot studies requirements of bank liquidity in light of regulatory reforms and global responses to the recent financial crisis.
- The Supreme Court decides on EPA regulations. Philip A. Wallach assesses the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling on EPA regulations.
Elina Saxena contributed to this post.
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.
It’s not about values in one category and interests in another. In the case of the two previous administrations, one Republican and one Democrat, they both saw it as congruous with counterterrorism efforts. This administration is not even claiming to find a balance. They’re throwing it all out the window.