A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Diplomacy can save Iraq. Vali Nasr argues that diplomacy can still work in Iraq without resulting in redrawing Middle Eastern borders.
- Government failure. Paul Light studies recent examples of government failure, analyzing their causes and asking what can prevent them in the future.
- Perceptions of the American Dream. Richard Reeves and Joanna Venator find that solid liberals and hard pressed skeptics have little faith in the state of the American Dream.
- Manufacturing in America. Hillary Schaub and Darrell West discuss the future of manufacturing in America.
- Kerry’s diplomatic breakthrough in Afghanistan. Michael O’Hanlon explains the deal agreed upon by both candidates in Afghanistan’s presidential elections to recount all ballots.
- Who is Caliph Ibrahim? Bruce Riedel puts Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as Caliph Ibrahim, in perspective.
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.