As 2015 comes to a close, we reflect on the more than 4,000 pieces of content authored by over 200 scholars on hundreds of topics to select ten of the most popular of the year.
Will McCants, in this Brookings Essay, traces the rise of an introvert with a passion for religion and soccer to the head of a self-proclaimed caliphate.
Jonathan Rothwell and Siddharth Kulkarni analyze college “value-added,” the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.
Ben Bernanke says that low interest rates are not a short-term aberration, but part of a long-term trend.
Bruce Riedel, in this Brookings Essay, calls Muhammad bin Nayef “Washington’s favorite Saudi” for his efforts to fight al-Qaida, but cautions that he is no friend to those who seek reform in his kingdom.
Is the U.S. military too large, and costly? The chart from Michael O’Hanlon’s new book, “The Future of Land Warfare,” shows that while the overall U.S. military budget outstrips the rest of the world, the relative size of the United States Army does not.
In her Brookings Essay, Jennifer Bradley showed how metropolitan areas like the Twin Cities in Minnesota need to be preparing for an increasingly diverse workforce.
Presidents Day is often a time to reflect on our greatest leaders, and consider how our current commander-in-chief measures up. On that occasion this year, Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn reviewed old and new evidence on presidential greatness.
This interactive feature, based on William Frey’s work in “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” mapped the racial composition of different age groups at the county and metropolitan area scales.
The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in 2014 than a similarly situated worker earned four decades ago, observed David Wessel. And those are the ones who had jobs.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced a proposal to dramatically shift U.S. marijuana policy by removing marijuana from the Schedule of Controlled Substances entirely. John Hudak breaks down what we know, and what we don’t know, about the impact of this proposal.