A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Increasing turnout in congressional primaries. Elaine Kamarck argues that the best way to lessen political polarization and increase voter turnout is to establish a national primary day.
- Understanding the U.S. intelligence operation in Soviet Afghanistan. In his new book, Bruce Reidel expounds upon the CIA’s successful covert intelligence operation during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
- Africa’s development story still being written. George Ingram suggests an optimistic reading of Africa’s narrative.
- Seattle’s smart building technology. Rachel Barker and Amy Liu explain how Seattle’s proclivity towards sustainability can lead to economic gains with smart building technology.
- Risk-based payment arrangements. Lawrence Kocot, Pratyusha Katikaneni and Ross White ask what it takes for Accountable Care Organizations to pursue risk-based payment arrangements.
- Narendra Modi’s electricity obsession in India. Bill Antholis recounts his 2012 meeting with then-Chief Minister Modi of Gujarat, when the future Indian prime minister was focused on bringing electricity to the people of his state.
Elina Saxena contributed to this post.
Young people are excited about the possibility for change [in Saudi Arabia], whether it relates to being able to go to the movies, or creating a different kind of career path than you might have imagined earlier.
The greatest threat from the U.S. perspective is direct military conflict between Turkish and American forces...Erdogan seems determined to force the Americans to fulfill past promises that YPG forces would return east of the Euphrates. The challenge for the US is whether that promise can be kept while also maintaining order on the ground.