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The top Brookings videos of 2017

Over the course of the year, Brookings published event videos relating to presidential ethics, Saudi Arabia and India and produced explainers about economic inequality, Congress, and more. Check out some of our most popular videos from 2017.

OGE Director Walter Shaub asks Trump to do more to resolve conflicts of interest

In January, Walter M. Shaub, Jr., then the Director of U.S. Office of Government Ethics, announced at Brookings that President Trump’s attempts to resolve his conflicts of interest were inadequate, adding that divestiture is not too high a price to pay to be president of the United States.

10 reasons black Americans still face more inequality than whites


In the rush to understand white working class Americans after the election of Donald Trump, Richard Reeves and Dayna Bowen Matthews discussed how important it is that we do not forget the deeper and longer term disparities faced by black Americans that did not change on election day. Learn more here.

Unpacked: The Senate, the power of the minority and the nuclear option

Brookings Senior Fellow Sarah Binder unpacks the legislative options of the minority party in the Senate and what it means to “go nuclear.”

India’s state election results

On March 13, the India Project at Brookings hosted a discussion on the results of the state elections in India and their implications.

“Deaths of despair” are surging in white America

Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton shared highlights from their BPEA paper that documents a troubling rise in midlife deaths among working class white Americans by drugs, alcohol, and suicide.

Unpacked: The delicate process of impeachment

Brookings Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck explained why presidential impeachment is a long, delicate, and complicated process fraught with significant political and legal ramifications. See also John Hudak’s video on the political risks of impeachment.

Indian Prime Minister Modi visits the U.S. and Israel – Part 1

On June 21, The India Project and the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted an event focused on India’s relationship with the United States and Israel.

Unpacked: The role of special counsels and the Russia probe

Brookings Senior Fellow Norm Eisen explained the role of a special counsel in an investigation and focuses heavily on Special counsel Robert Mueller, his investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, and the possibility of obstruction of justice.

Unpacked: What’s wrong with the congressional budget process?

Molly Reynolds unpacked the dysfunctional congressional budget process, explaining how increasing partisanship and flaws in the current legislative process have created a congressional budget process that has become increasingly less effective.

The future of Saudi Arabia and its regional role

During the annual Saban Forum in December, Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel held a discussion with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Saudi Arabia and its role in the Middle East.


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