Friday, June 30, 2017

Yemen update June 2017

Yemen update June 2017
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8026
The UN says that Yemen is at risk of famine. The Export of UK-manufactured weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia remains controversial

Renewal of MINUSMA: A missed opportunity for new generation of DDR

EU State Aid rules and WTO Subsidies Agreement

EU State Aid rules and WTO Subsidies Agreement
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06775
As a member of the EU and of the WTO, the UK must follow a number of rules when providing assistance to businesses and industries.

Making Chile Great Again

CFR news

 Making Chile Great Again

https://www.cfr.org/

Israel and Palestinian Talks

Israel and Palestinian Talks
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0131
Israel and Palestinian Talks

Aid and Stabilization in Afghanistan

Aid and Stabilization in Afghanistan

Examines U.S. Agency for International Development stabilization programming in Afghanistan, focusing on whether it reduced violence, increased support for the government, and promoted other desirable outcomes.  From the United States Institute of Peace

Earl Gregg Swem Library news

The future of ISIS

The future of ISIS
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8029
Could expelling ISIS from territory in Iraq and Syria make it more dangerous elsewhere?

Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

    Website for regulatory activity related to the Clean Water Rule designed to protect navigable waterways and wetlands. Contains the executive order and press release on the intent of the agency to rescind the rule and “recodify the regulatory text” as it existed prior to 2015.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Qatar crisis

Qatar crisis
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8030
Saudi Arabia and allied states have imposed a blockade on Qatar in protest against its foreign policy.

Libya: country policy and information notes

Libya: country policy and information notes

  • UKVI
  • Guidance

Hong Kong Handover: 20 Year Anniversary

Hong Kong Handover: 20 Year Anniversary
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0037
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the handover of Hong Kong and suggests sources of further reading on the subject.

Brexit and British Values: What Next?

Brexit and British Values: What Next?

 Hudson Institute news

移民受入れへの社会的抵抗を緩和できるか:広報活動の効力

2017年6月30日 [ノンテクニカルサマリー]

移民受入れへの社会的抵抗を緩和できるか:広報活動の効力

Giovanni FACCHINI (ノッティンガム大学)/Yotam MARGALIT (テルアビブ大学)/中田 啓之 (上席研究員)
 
RIETI news

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Burundi blues: the road to violence & back


Burundi blues: the road to violence & back

Alert - No20 - 29 June 2017

Erwin van Veen

In 2015, Burundi witnessed political unrest and bloodshed not seen since the end of its civil war. Although political repression has since suppressed dissent, how can the international community – and especially the EU – prepare for an eventual return to violence?

Minimum Wage Campaign Highlights Blue Model Contradictions The Left in Disarray...

Gulf of Guinea: pirates and other tales


Gulf of Guinea: pirates and other tales

Alert - No19 - 29 June 2017

Alice Vervaeke

Threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea range from piracy, armed robbery and oil theft to illegal fishing and trafficking in illicit goods.

Ministry of Defence Facing Tough Financial Choices

SMS – Food insecurity: between past and present


SMS – Food insecurity: between past and present

Security Monthly Stats (SMS) - No4 - 29 June 2017

Jorien van de Mortel

The fourth edition of the EUISS Security Monthly Stats (SMS) looks at the issue of food security and famines. What countries are most at risk? And how is the international community responding?

Sex, Deportation, and Rescue

Economies of Migration among Nigerian Sex Workers
Feminist Economics, 23:3
 
DIIS news

Africa goes digital: where and how?

Africa goes digital: where and how?

Alert - No18 - 29 June 2017

Aleksandra Tor

This Alert examines the impact of the ICT on sub-Sharan Africa’s political culture and civil society development. It identifies how various ICT solutions are influencing a number of realms, as well the structural and social limitations to using and spreading ICT tools on the continent.

The Future of Civil-Military Relations in an Age of Heightened Populism

Abdullah Aydogan

The Future of Civil-Military Relations in an Age of Heightened Populism

June 29, 2017
Research scholar Abdullah Aydogan explores to what extent would the spread of right-wing populism in the West may influence the ...

Jihadism in Mali and the Sahel: evolving dynamics and patterns

Jihadism in Mali and the Sahel: evolving dynamics and patterns

Brief - No21 - 29 June 2017

Luca Raineri, Francesco Strazzari

The peace process in Mali has been deteriorating into a situation of sustained instability and protracted conflict. How has this affected the spread of jihadists throughout the Sahel?

EUISS news

OSINT news

Software capable to detect websites disseminating hate propaganda
27/06/2017
The  Belgian cabinet approved a software capable of automatically detecting websites disseminating hate propaganda. 
 
EUROSINT FORUM news

Legal aid crime tender 2017

Legal aid crime tender 2017

  • LAA

Brexit: Agriculture and trade

Brexit: Agriculture and trade
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7974
This paper looks at some the agricultural trade issues raised by Brexit.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

自民・下村氏が加計献金を否定 週刊誌の収支報告書報道

Donald J. Trump et al v. International Refugee Assistance Project

An evolving outlook for Latin American FDI

An evolving outlook for Latin American FDI

June 27, 2017
The landscape is changing for foreign direct investment in Latin America. Investments flow not only from north to south, but ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news
 

South America's Turn to Deadlock

South America's Turn to Deadlock
CFR news

https://www.cfr.org/blog-post/south-americas-turn-deadlock

Arbitration in the Energy Reform

Arbitration in the Energy Reform

June 28, 2017
The energy reform in Mexico has implemented far-reaching changes in the political, economic, and legal spheres of the country. Any ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news
 

Overseas Business Risk - Ecuador

Overseas Business Risk - Ecuador

  • FCO
  • Guidance

陸軍経理部と満洲事変

Briefing Memo
陸軍経理部と満洲事変
2017年6月28日
 
NIDS news

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/chokepoints-vulnerabilities-global-food-trade
Chatham House  news
 

A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

CSIS news
A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

https://www.csis.org/features/turning-point/?block1
 

Venezuelan isolation raises a range of grave risks

Kurdistan region in Iraq

Kurdistan region in Iraq
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0129
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on the Kurdistan region in Iraq

三菱地所とNRIが中心となって、「健康経営と働き方改革」を支援するソリューションサービスを開始

Monday, June 26, 2017

With North Korea Threatening, the U.S. Advances on Missile Defense

Richard Weitz
National Review Online

The Panama Canal’s Cautionary Tale


CSIS news

The Panama Canal’s Cautionary Tale

https://www.csis.org/analysis/panama-canals-cautionary-tale/?block3
 

Migrasjon, trafficking og sex-arbeid

Overseas Business Risk - Luxembourg

Overseas Business Risk - Luxembourg

  • FCO
  • Guidance

Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook 2017

Per Stig Møller's pessimism on behalf of Europe; Denmark, Brexit, Trump and much more

The Financial Action Task Force Extends Iran’s Lifeline

Countering Violent Extremism in Lebanon

DIIS news

Experiences from a Danish-Lebanese Partnership

The Winter of Our Discontent

Miriam Grunstein

The Winter of Our Discontent

June 26, 2017
To gain public support for Mexico’s energy reforms, the government promised a future of low gas prices. The author documents ...
 
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy NEWS

政治とのつながりとアンチダンピング調査: 中国企業データに基づいた実証研究

2017年6月26日 [ノンテクニカルサマリー]

政治とのつながりとアンチダンピング調査: 中国企業データに基づいた実証研究

張 紅咏 (研究員)
 
RIETI NEWS

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The FBI’s Role in National Security

CFR news

 The FBI’s Role in National Security

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/fbis-role-national-security

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017: Annual Report to Congress

Ziglar v. Abbasi

Ziglar v. Abbasi

Earl Gregg Swem Library news

International Tribunals Web Archive

International Tribunals Web Archive

Earl Gregg Swem Library news

Mexico’s Southern Border Program

Mexico’s Southern Border Program

June 23, 2017
The author examines the performance and impact of Mexico’s Programa Frontera Sur, a policy meant to deter unauthorized migration of ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news

Global governance reform will be hard in the Trump era

Crown Prince to Revamp Saudi Oil

Jim Krane

Crown Prince to Revamp Saudi Oil

June 23, 2017
The most difficult mission awaiting new Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is the revamping of the Saudi political economy ...

Business and Private Diplomacy: A Potential Catalyst for Sustainable Peace


GCSP news

Business and Private Diplomacy: A Potential Catalyst for Sustainable Peace

Strategic Security Analysis - 2017 n°3

Was NAFTA Good for the United States?

Russell A. Green, Tony Payan

Was NAFTA Good for the United States?

June 23, 2017
The authors of this paper explore the effects that NAFTA has had on U.S.-Mexico trade and the binational relationship since ...

East Africa—can we talk?

East Africa's new oil producers could maximise the industry's potential by working together, but that's easier said than done...
Petroleum Economist

Looting Fuel Pipelines in Mexico

Adrian Duhalt

Looting Fuel Pipelines in Mexico

June 23, 2017
Mexico's black market in gasoline has sharply increased since 2006. According to Pemex’s latest annual report, the number of illegal ...

Time to seize chance and boost innovative energy

Time to seize chance and boost innovative energy

http://www.friendsofeurope.org/greener-europe/time-seize-chance-boost-innovative-energy/

Friends of Europe news

Technological innovation “trumps” politics

Measles in England, 2017

Measles in England, 2017

  • PHE

Friday, June 23, 2017

BPOの反攻

みずほ情報総研 Vol.627「BPOの反攻」ほか


 コラム > BPOの反攻
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    │ https://www.mizuho-ir.co.jp/publication/column/2017/0620.html?rt_bn=mm

Brexit begins

When it comes to Brexit, I fear the worst

Andrew Lilico, CapX
Until the election, Britain had got everything about Brexit right. Now, it has gone terrible wrong. The EU would happily do a deal with either May or Corbyn. But if it believes May might be replaced by Corbyn at any time, a deal becomes near-impossible.

Radicals in Paradise

Radicals in Paradise
Kai Schultz
Radical Islam and Western tourism have been able to co-exist on the Maldives—so far. But grantee Kai Schultz reports in The New York Times, that the Indian Ocean island paradise, heavily dependent on tourist dollars,  is increasingly nervous about security.  
 
Pulitzer Center

The Brexit debate has been torn back open

The Brexit debate has been torn back open

Robert Colvile, CapX
Last night's debate between the heads of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns was meant to be a walk down memory lane. Instead, it revealed how the wounds of the Brexit referendum are still gaping open. In addition, it showed that the strategic position of Leavers and Remainers has been flipped - to the latter's advantage.

WRI Digest: Carbon Dividend

A strong, gradually rising, and comprehensive carbon price like that proposed by the Carbon Leadership Council could provide the foundation for a rapid transition to a low carbon economy. Read the statement by WRI President Andrew Steer and a blog post by Kevin Kennedy.

May's Government is barely in office and a long way from power

May's Government is barely in office and a long way from power

Alex Massie, CapX
In case you were still in doubt, today's Queen's Speech made it clear that an election without winners has left the country in a state of peeved limbo. Also in limbo is the Prime Minister, who is yet to seal the DUP deal and will struggle to manage feuding factions over Brexit. We limp on, hoping things improve.

6th Meeting of the STAMP Expert Group - Final record

6th Meeting of the STAMP Expert Group - Final record
The STAMP expert group is set up to provide advice and expertise to the Commission services in relation to the implementation of the EU Pharmaceutical legislation, as well as programmes and policies in this field.
      
          Read more...         

World Policy Journal news

Year one: A new start in Germany

Photographer Diàna Markosian worked with Milad Ahkabyar, a high school student in Düsseldorf, Germany, to document his first year in Europe. Milad and his family fled violence in Afghanistan and are still waiting to hear if they can legally stay in their new home.

Europe is more divided than Brussels would have you believe

Europe is more divided than Brussels would have you believe

Oliver Wiseman, CapX
With the election of Macron and the humiliation of May, the European elite feel the tide has turned in their favour

Criminalising Standing Rock

Criminalising Standing Rock
Frank Barat
Recent revelations of the Intercept, expose how the US government is treating environmental activism at Standing Rock as an "insurgency". The investigation reveals that security firm TigerSwan has been working closely with at least five states to target the protesters of the Standing Rock camp as "jihadists", aiming to destroy and delegitimise the whole movement and those standing in solidarity with it. Read the article.

EFSA reinforces independence policy

BICC Newsletter June 2017

BICC Newsletter June 2017

Grawert, E., Nusrat, R., & Ali Shah, Z. (2017, May). Afghanistan’s Cross-border Trade with Pakistan and Iran and the Responsibility for Conflict-sensitive Employment (BICC Working Paper series No. 4/17). Bonn.
https://www.bicc.de/publications/publicationpage/publication/afghanistans-cross-border-trade-with-pakistan-and-iran-and-the-responsibility-for-conflict-sensit/

Six moments that could debilitate Brexit negotiations

Six moments that could debilitate Brexit negotiations


The issues over which discussions between the UK and the EU could descend into a tailspin have been outlined by IPPR Senior Research Fellow Marley Morris.

Read the article >>

US dollar impact on Africa

US dollar impact on Africa
A weakening US dollar could improve prospects for economic transformation in sub-Saharan African economies.

ODI news

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror
Phyllis Bennis
Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus—a probable war crime—guarantee a growing death toll.

IPS news

The economics of cyber attacks

The economics of cyber attacks

Various authors, Vox.EU
Cyber security is generally seen as a national security concern.

経済を見る眼 財政再建に奇策はあるか

2017年6月23日 [新聞・雑誌等への寄稿]

経済を見る眼 財政再建に奇策はあるか

家森 信善 (ファカルティフェロー)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Organisational Futures: Four Critical Lessons

Peace solutions: Learning from what works and adapting to a changing world

Global Health Security and Climate Change

Is the GCC Worth Belonging To?

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy news

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Is the GCC Worth Belonging To?

June 22, 2017
The current crisis splitting the Gulf Cooperation Council — with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accusing Qatar ...

Who is Saudi Arabia's new crown prince?

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Who is Saudi Arabia's new crown prince?

June 22, 2017
On June 21, Saudi King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing the king's nephew, ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news

Trump’s Not Ready for a Crisis

The President and Fellows of Harvard College news

Trump’s Not Ready for a Crisis


http://www.belfercenter.org/publication/trumps-not-ready-crisis

利用者との対話がFinTech戦略の鍵をにぎる

NIRA政策提言ハイライトに「利用者との対話がFinTech戦略の鍵をにぎる」を掲載しました。

Proscribed Terrorist Organisations

Proscribed Terrorist Organisations
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00815
Proscription has been put forward as a powerful deterrent, a way of tackling lower-level support for terrorism, and a signal of rejection by society.

Brexit and data protection

Brexit and data protection
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the reform of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

Brexit: red lines and starting principles

Brexit: red lines and starting principles
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7938
What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Migration, development debates becoming mixed

Migration, development debates becoming mixed

 http://www.friendsofeurope.org/future-europe/migration-development-debates-becoming-mixed/

Friends of Europe news

Saudi Arabia will seek Gulf leadership against Iran

The Start of the Brexit Negotiations

The Start of the Brexit Negotiations
20 June 2017
 
RUSI news

Cyber-bombing ISIS

Why disclose what is better kept secret?
Global Affairs
 
DIIS news

2017 Texas Senate, from Right to Left

Mark P. Jones

2017 Texas Senate, from Right to Left

June 19, 2017
Fellow in political science Mark P. Jones analyzes the roll call votes of Texas senators from the regular 2017 legislative ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

only general EU principles and interests

What if ... Conceivable crises: unpredictable in 2017, unmanageable in 2020?

Report - No34 - 19 June 2017

edited by Florence Gaub

This Report presents a number of grey swan scenarios which are designed to help decision-makers think about possible responses to crises and how they can be prevented. They cover a wide variety of geographical and operational situations while never explicitly calling into question specific EU actions or policies – only general EU principles and interests.

EUISS news

Dagger, but No Cloak: Brazil’s Top Spy Exposes C.I.A. Officer

Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

 Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

Guardian News

Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?

Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain and will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy.

The 2017 French parliamentary elections

The 2017 French parliamentary elections
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8015
What next for President Macron's government after his party's emphatic victory in the 2017 parliamentary elections?

Monday, June 19, 2017

日本の人事を科学する 因果推論に基づくデータ活用


RIETI NEWS
2017年6月19日 [RIETIブックス(日本語)]

日本の人事を科学する 因果推論に基づくデータ活用

著:大湾 秀雄

Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance

DCAF news

Tool 8: Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance


La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme dans un contexte défavorable

La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme dans un contexte défavorable

Geneva Hub for Democracy Highlights Paper

Low Turnout and Macron’s Partial Victory

The Oxford Analytica Weekly Brief

The Oxford Analytica Weekly Brief

http://www.oxan.com/services/weekly-brief-signup/

European anti-migration agenda could challenge stability in Niger

European anti-migration agenda could challenge stability in Niger

DIIS Policy Brief, 2017:June, 19 June 2017
 

RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2017


RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2017

https://rusi.org/

OSINT news - Rand corporation study on "Monitoring social media"

A moment that changed me: finding out at 15 that Dad was a spy

A moment that changed me: finding out at 15 that Dad was a spy

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/16/moment-that-changed-me-finding-out-dad-was-spy

 Guardian News

OSINT news - Analytical deficit puts UK intelligence at risk in a context of Big Data

Analytical deficit puts UK intelligence at risk in a context of Big Data
15/06/2017
Intelligence gathering within Britain's security services has evolved during the last four decades. Today, the worry is whether analysts and security officials are acquiring too much information they can handle. Professor Philip Davies, director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies believes "UK's security apparatus is suffering from what those in signals intelligence call information overload". 
 
EUROSINT FORUM news

Why China Is No Climate Leader

CFR news

Why China Is No Climate Leaderhttps://www.cfr.org/

Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs

Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07160
Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around.

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.

NRIパブリックマネジメントレビュー

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Even after the election, Brexit still means Brexit

Even after the election, Brexit still means Brexit

Stephen Booth, Open Europe
Now that Theresa May has lost her majority, the ill-defined and unhelpful language of 'hard' and 'soft' Brexit is back. But this rhetoric ignores a crucial detail: there is little meaningful difference between the Conservative and Labour stances on the issue.

Unmet healthcare needs in Ireland

The Economic and Social Research Institute news

Unmet healthcare needs in Ireland
Sheelah Connolly, Maev-Ann Wren
This Research Bulletin summarises the analysis of a 2013 survey in which respondents were asked to report on unmet healthcare needs.

The Australia Institute news

The National Energy Emissions Audit will be published on a quarterly basis, and in each intermediate month we will publish the NEEA Electricity Update Report, reporting on changes to emissions from electricity generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM), and including analysis on other issues relating to the extraordinarily dramatic changes happening in Australia’s electricity supply system.

The Australia Institute news

Trump’s trade deal with Saudi Arabia

World Policy Institute news


William Hartung appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and Mother Jones, among others, discussing recent speculation surrounding arms sales in Trump’s trade deal with Saudi Arabia.
 

Meat safety in Europe

Meat safety in Europe

EFSA's new infographic shows how the EU Food Safety system

Big business is nothing to be scared of

Big business is nothing to be scared of

Marian L. Tupy, CapX
Large corporations aren't exactly popular at the moment. Yet concern about the growing power of the capitalists is nothing new - and gloomy forecasts that wealth and power would accrue to a smaller and smaller group have not come to pass.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE STUDIES

Can the G5 Force Work Counterterrorism Magic in Africa’s Sahel Region?

France has requested the authorization of a G5 Sahel Joint Force

東日本大震災によるサプライチェーンの寸断が労働者に与えた影響

2017年6月13日 [ノンテクニカルサマリー]

東日本大震災によるサプライチェーンの寸断が労働者に与えた影響

近藤 絢子 (東京大学社会科学研究所)
 
RIETI news

Listing and Financial Constraints

June 13, 2017 [Discussion Papers (English)]

Listing and Financial Constraints

UEDA Kenichi (University of Tokyo / TCER) / ISHIDE Akira (Northwestern University) / GOTO Yasuo (Faculty Fellow, RIETI)

わが国における政策の不確実性

RIETI news
 
2017年6月14日 [ポリシー・ディスカッション・ペーパー(日本語)]

わが国における政策の不確実性

伊藤 新 (研究員)

Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Gender Inequality in the Workplace: Theory and empirical analysis

June 13, 2017 [RIETI Books (Japanese)]
Written by YAMAGUCHI Kazuo
 
RIETI news

株式上場と資金制約

2017年6月16日 [ノンテクニカルサマリー]

株式上場と資金制約

植田 健一 (東京大学 / TCER)/石出 旭 (ノースウェスタン大学)/後藤 康雄 (リサーチアソシエイト)
 
RIETI NEWS

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Is It Possible to Undo 2016?

Is It Possible to Undo 2016?
John Feffer
Bureaucracy may constrain the worst of Trump and Brexit, but returning to the status quo won't fix anything.

IPS news

The EU's euro clearing plan is an act of protectionist self-harm

The EU's euro clearing plan is an act of protectionist self-harm

By Patrick L. Young
Brussels is determined to use Brexit as an excuse to bring euro clearing - an essential part of the financial system - under its control.

A Smarter Approach to Cuba

A Smarter Approach to Cuba

 Hudson Institute news

Medicare has problems, too.

Medicare has problems, too. Insurance market rules and Medicaid are the focus of current efforts to repeal Obamacare. But, because of its costs and because of the way it sets the terms under which health care is organized, Medicare will eventually have to be reformed, too, writes James Capretta. A good place to start, he argues, is to recast the Obama administration’s attempts at Medicare “delivery service reform”:
“The centerpiece of the delivery system reform effort is the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) initiative. These are provider-led organizations aimed at improving the management of care for beneficiaries enrolled in the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. ACOs that successfully lower costs and meet quality goals are eligible for bonus payments. 
“The ACO effort has fallen short of the lofty goals set for it. In 2015, the ACO effort increased overall program spending by a modest amount instead of reducing it. The basic problem with the ACO program is that it is designed to avoid consumer choice and engagement, which is the opposite of what is needed. Under current rules, beneficiaries are assigned to an ACO if their primary physician participates in it.
“There is a place for a provider-led integrated care option in Medicare, but it should be offered to the beneficiaries as an option for enrollment, alongside the Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and unmanaged fee-for-service. If an ACO is able to cut costs, beneficiaries should be given an incentive to join it through a reduction in their monthly premiums.
“Recasting the ACO program – with a new name, such as Medicare provider networks – should be part of a broader effort to improve and clarify the choices available to the beneficiaries, with the aim of intensifying competition and lowering costs. The Medicare program should ensure that beneficiaries are able to see clearly and easily the overall cost of various combinations of coverage. In particular, beneficiaries should be able to select combinations of basic Medicare coverage, plus a drug benefit, and supplement insurance with a full view of the financial consequences of the various options. That cannot be done today.” [American Enterprise Institute]

The Heritage Insider
 

Gender Lens

Gender Lens

Our two-day Gender Lens Conference covered some of the most critical issues of our time, from how we treat widows around the world to what can be done to bring more diverse voices into journalism. Hear from the speakers via video highlights and blog posts from Pulitzer Center staff.

Pocket guide to capacity building for climate change

IIED news


Pocket guide to capacity building for climate change is a publication of the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) training and support programme, which focuses on building the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries.

European Drug Report 2017: Trends and Developments

European Drug Report 2017: Trends and Developments
This new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction examines the drug supply and market, drug use and trends and drug-related harms and responses to them across the 28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway.

      
          Read more...         

IPPR's Manifesto for change: General Election 2017

How Theresa May shot her own fox

How Theresa May shot her own fox

Oliver Wiseman, CapX
When asked what was making their ground campaign difficult, Conservative activists in one key marginal raised a surprising issue: fox hunting.

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia?

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia?
John Feffer
With a divided U.S., the way is clear for China to become the dominant power in Asia. But don't sign up for a crash course in Mandarin quite yet.

IPS news

Globalisation is in peril. Defend it with all your might

Globalisation is in peril. Defend it with all your might

By Philippe Legrain
We tend to think of globalisation as an unstoppable, almost elemental force. But really it is a political choice.

The Heritage Insider news

The military is not very good at managing its talented work force. Tim Kane writes:
“One statistic above all else serves as a red alert that the military personnel system is dysfunctional: the unemployment rate of young veterans. It averaged nearly a third higher than nonveterans (10.7 percent compared to 8.0 percent) before the 2009 recession. After 2009, more than one in five veterans age eighteen to twenty-four could not find a job between 2009 and 2012, twice the jobless rate of nonveterans. The persistence of this employment gap has reinforced some misperceptions about the quality of troops, even among top policymakers.
“The unemployment rate of veterans may seem irrelevant to the readiness of the active-duty force, but it is a profoundly relevant symptom of the real problem: the institutional inefficiency of central planning. In blunt terms, some of the nation’s most talented young men and women are on active duty but never empowered to take—and in fact are discouraged from taking—an active role in applying their unique skills to the military’s needs. Job-matching is centrally planned in all of the armed forces. Young veterans enter the private sector almost totally unprepared to search for a job because that activity—the engine that drives America’s free market economy—is anathema to the modern Pentagon bureaucracy.” [Hoover Institution]

Calm down - Brexit is still on course

Calm down - Brexit is still on course

Douglas Carswell, CapX
Those who always wanted Britain to stay in the EU have jumped on Theresa May's lost majority to argue we are now destined for a so-called 'soft Brexit'.

The Next Phase in U.S. Intelligence Reform

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies

Todd Moss

The Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies: Challenges and Solutions for the Electricity Sector in African Markets

June 15, 2017
The authors examine ways in which disruptive technologies could potentially help improve power sector development in African countries.
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news

Trump spells out foreign aims on grand tour

 Chatham House news

The World Today

Trump spells out foreign aims on grand tour 

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/trump-spells-out-foreign-aims-grand-tour

Reviving Venezuela's oil industry

Francisco J. Monaldi

Reviving Venezuela's oil industry

June 15, 2017
Radical changes are necessary to revive Venezuela’s oil industry, writes energy fellow Francisco Monaldi. The goal must be to increase ...
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy  news

Reading list: the state of the USA

Chatham House news

Reading list: the state of the USA

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/reading-list-state-usa

Guanxi & Science Ethics: A Double-Edged Sword

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy news

Steven W. Lewis, Elaine Howard Ecklund

Guanxi & Science Ethics: A Double-Edged Sword

June 15, 2017
As China continues to open up to the transnational circulation of labor, ideas, technology and capital under globalization, one must ...

The immigrants’ story

The World Today

The immigrants’ story

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/immigrants-story

Chatham House news

What is happening in Qatar?

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

What is happening in Qatar?

June 15, 2017
In a Q&A with New York magazine, Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen gives context to tensions between Qatar and ...
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy news
 

The politics of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Finding local solutions to global challenges