Germany Vol.6 (Grand Coalition 2018 #GroKo, et al.)

Germany: Merkel’s next cabinet shows youth trend (11/03/2018) | @dwnews
Chancellor: Angela Merkel (CDU)
Chief of Staff at the Chancellery: Helge Braun (CDU)
Minister of the Interior, Heimat and Construction: Horst Seehofer (CSU)
The fight for the Foreign Ministry: Heiko Maas (SPD)
Finance Minister: Olaf Scholz (SPD)
Minister of Defense: Ursula von der Leyen (CDU)
Economic and Energy Affairs Minister: Peter Altmaier (CDU)
Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection: Katarina Barley (SPD)
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs: Hubertus Heil (SPD)
Minister for the Environment: Svenja Schulze (SPD)
Minister for Health: Jens Spahn (CDU)
Minister of Education and Research: Anja Karliczek (CDU)
Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Franziska Giffey (SPD-Mayor Berlin-Neukolln)
Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development: Gerd Muller (CSU)
Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure: Andreas Scheuer (CSU)
Minister for Food and Agriculture: Julia Klockner (CDU)
@cducsubt @CDU @CSU
German Elections: Mapping Economic Policy Preferences (09/14/2017) | Caspar Kolster @gmfus
Germany: A New Government Is off to a Weak Start (03/14/2018) | @stratfor
Coalition watch – The making of a new German government (14/03/2018) | Soren Amelang, Kerstine Appunn, Sven Egenter, Benjamin Wehrmann, Julian Wettengel CLEW
Angela Merkel sworn in for fourth term as German Chancellor (03/14/2018) | Judith Vonberg @CNN
Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor to fourth term after five months of political deadlock (14/03/2018) | @tomemburyd @independent
The SPD just won the Frankfurt mayoralty in a landslide. So why are Germany’s cities going red? (03/15/2018) | Stephen Jorgenson-Murray @CityMetric
Merkel secures fourth term in power after SPD backs coalition deal (04/03/2018) | Philip Oltermann @guardian
The last thing Germany – and Europe – needs is a grand coalition (23/02/2018) | Timothy Garton Ash @guardian
German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor (02/04/2018) | Michelle Martin & Andreas Rinke @reuters

Germany Vol.5 (Economy, et al.)

Germany’s Economy: Successes and Challenges (11/28/2017) | Kimberly Amadeo @thebalance
The Economic Miracle and Beyond
Germany: The Party System from 1963 to 2000 | Kimberly A. Allan
Focus Germany @DeutscheBank #dbresearch
How the German elections may affect Brexit | @leopoldtraugott @OpenEurope
German elections: Merkel looking for a (new) deputy (08/29/2017) | Daniel van Schoot and Stefan Koopman
Deutsche Bundesbank
Deutsche Bank
Commerzbank A.G.
KfW Group
DZ Bank Group
UniCredit Bank AG (HypoVereinsbank)
Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg
Bayerische Landesbank
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
Germany | @TheEconomist
Articles on German politics | @ConversationUS

Austria Vol.2 (Legislative Election & Coalition 2017)

Factbox: Key figures in Austria’s new coalition government (16/12/2017) | @reuters
Coalition @TheLocalAustria
Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis (15/10/2017) | @BBC
Republic of Austria (UN, World Bank)
Capital: Vienna
Population: 8.7 million
Area: 83,871 sq km (32,383 sq miles)
Major language: German
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 80 years (men), 84 years (women)
Currency: euro
Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz (16/12/2017) | @BBC
Sebastian Kurz gets approval for coalition with Austrian far right: Freedom Party returns to power after 12 years. (12/16/2017) | NICHOLAS VINOCUR @POLITICOEurope
New coalition government shifts Austria to the right: Anti-immigration Freedom Party will take control of much of country’s security apparatus (12/16/2017) | @reuters @CBC
Austria’s new coalition government rules out EU referendum (12/16/2017) | @AFP @DailySabah
Austrian populist coalition deal a warning sign for other EU states (12/17/2017) | Derek Scally @IrishTimes
Austria’s new coalition gets started (PDF; 12/18/2017) | @ING_news
Why Austria’s Anti-Immigrant Experiment Is Worth Watching: The new ruling coalition has set out draconian immigration controls that every populist party dreams of implementing. (12/18/2017) | Leonid Bershidsky @bpolitics
Austria’s Coalition Government Includes Party Linked To Ex-Nazis (12/18/2017) | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON @NPR
Austrian far-right party strikes coalition deal, enters government (12/18/2017) | SHADIA NASRALLA & FRANCOIS MURPHY @globeandmail
Theresa May congratulates new Austria leader amid huge protest over coalition (12/18/2017) | @AOLNews
Austrian Coalition Puts Europe’s Human Rights Values to the Test: Coalition Has Worrying Policies on Immigration, Asylum, and ‘Political Islam’ (12/20/2017) | Kartik Raj @hrw
The Far Right Is Now in Power in Austria: The new governing coalition includes the Freedom Party, which has deep roots in the country’s Nazi past. (12/29/2017) | Jordan Stancil @thenation
The Austrian Anti-Social Coalition (12/31/2017) | Joachim Becker @LeftEast1
A Populist Victory in Austria: The Freedom Party Enters Government (12/28?2017) | Reinhard Heinisch @ForeignAffairs

@pollofpolls_EU for Austria
How to watch the Austrian election like a pro: @POLITICO’s guide to keeping on top of all the Austrian action as the far-right FPO looks set to enter government. (10/14/2017) | EMMA ANDERSON & JUDITH MISCHKE
Austria’s Snap Election and the End of the Grand Coalition (10/14/2017) | Lindsay Mackenzie @QuilletteM
Results of Austrian Parliamentary Election 2017 (10/15/2017) | @AUSTRIANUSA
Austria election results: Far-right set to enter government as conservatives top poll: Austria seems to have elected its youngest ever head of government (15/10/2017) | Jon Stone, Samuel Osborne @Independent
Austrian election results: Conservative Sebastian Kurz on course to become Europe’s youngest leader (10/15/2017) | Justin Huggler & Balazs Cseko @Telegraph
AS IT HAPPENED: ‘Whizz-kid’ Kurz’s OVP clearly wins Austrian election, as voters turn right (15/10/2017) | @thelocalaustria
Austria moves to right as anti-immigration star seals election win: Kurz claims credit for closing Balkan migrant trail in 2016 that saw hundreds of thousands of migrants trek into Western Europe (15/10/2017) | @MiddleEastEye
Austria Election: Center-Right Party Head Likely Next Prime Minister (10/15/2017) | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON @NPR
Young party leader declares victory in Austria election, meaning a turn to the right (10/15/2017) | Maximilian Mayerhofer & Aamer Madhani @USAToday
Austrian Vote Paves Way for Nationalist Party to Enter Government (10/15/2017) | Boris Groendahl & Jonathan Tirone @bpolitics
Austria election: Europe reacts to Sebastian Kurz victory – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was hoping for close cooperation in Europe with Sebastian Kurz, who led his conservative party to election victory in Austria. DW has reaction from Berlin and beyond. (16/10/2017) | @dwnews
Meet the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria’s new chancellor: Sebastian Kurz reshaped a traditional political party to drive the Austrian elections. (10/16/2017) | Sarah Wildman @vox
Austria election RESULTS: Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz declares VICTORY in nightmare for EU (16/10/2017) | REBECCA PERRING & ALIX CULBERTSON @Daily_Express
Austria’s election: Four things to know about the result (16/10/2017) | Manes Weisskircher & Matthew E. Bergman @LSEEUROPP
The Guardian view on the Austrian elections: an old threat in a new guise (16/10/2017) | @guardian
Why Austria’s Election Should Worry Liberals (10/16/2017) | Jonah Shepp @nymag
EU holds breath after Austrian vote (10/16/2017) | Georgi Gotev @euractiv
World’s youngest leader: Sebastian Kurz, 31, declares victory in Austria election (16/10/2017) | Shadia Nasralla & Kirsti Knolle @smh
Orban, Szijjarto applaud right-wing victory in Austrian parliamentary election (10/16/2017) | Justin Spike @BudapestBeacon
The Austrian elections should terrify Europeans (10/17/2017) | Paul Hockenos @CNN
Austria’s march to the right got a boost from fake Facebook content (10/17/2017) | Hanna Kozlowska @qz
How the Result of the Austrian Election Will Affect My Life as a Refugee: The Freedom Party’s motto is “Austrians deserve fairness,” but its notion of fairness doesn’t extend to people like me. (10/19/2017) | Zakarya Ibrahem @vicenews
Austrian election proves right-wing populism is new normal in Europe (10/22/2017) | ANNA GRZYMALA BUSSE @TheHill
Austria and Czech elections will change Visegrad dynamics (24/10/2017) | WOJCIECH PRZYBYLSKI @euobs
The Austrian election showed populists yet another path to power (25/10/2017) | MARTIN EIERMANN @NewStatesman
The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe: In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching. (11/01/2017) | PETER ROUGH @ForeignPolicy
Austria’s Prospective Ruling Parties Agree on Budget Discipline, Cutbacks for Migrants (11/03/2017) | @reuters @VOANews
The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz: Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz could become his country’s next chancellor on Sunday. The politician is conservative and vain, but also adroit. What would the 31-year-old’s election mean for the country? (13/10/2017) | Walter Mayr @Spiegel
Now it’s Austria’s Turn (11/10/2017) | FABIO WOLKENSTEIN @myfairobserver
A few thoughts on the Austrian election: Why the rightwing Freedom party is so successfull and what the likely outcome will mean for Austria and Europe. (10/13/2017) | Felix Simon @medium
Austria’s snap election: Everything you need to know: With a young front runner and an anti-immigration party gaining traction, the election could send shockwaves through Europe. (15/10/2017) | Ceren Senkul @SkyNews
ElectionGuide – Republic of Austria | IFES
Elections in Austria | @OSCE
Austrian parliamentary election (10/15/2017) | @reuters
Austrian president to insist on pro-EU government after election (09/12/2017) | @reuters @businessinsider
How the Populist Right Is Redrawing the Map of Europe (12/11/2017) | Andre Tartar @bpolitics

Austria Vol.1 (Miscellaneous incl Presidential Election 2016)

Austrian Presidential Election Map 2016

The Borsen-Kurier of Vienna about Free Territory and Free Port of Trieste | @TriesteLibera

Italy (General Election 2018)

Italian elections 2018 – full results: Italy yesterday went to the polls to choose over 900 members of its two houses of parliament. Former prime minsters Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Renzi were the big losers as voters opted for anti-establishment parties (05/03/2018) | @guardian
Italy election: Populist Five Star and League vie for power (05/03/2018) | @BBC
How to watch the Italian election like a pro (03/05/2018) | EMMA ANDERSON & JACOPO BARIGAZZI @POLITICOEurope
The incredibly complex Italian election is today ? here’s a simplified version of what you need to know (03/04/2018) | Will Martin @businessinsider
The Impossibility of Italian Politics (03/07/2018) | JOHN LLOYD @aminterest
Italy election to result in hung parliament: Former PM Matteo Renzi will reportedly resign as head of the ruling center-left Democratic Party after a crushing election defeat. Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition took the lead but may face a hung parliament. (05/03/2018) | @dw_politics
Italy headed for hung parliament as anti-establishment 5-Star Movement projected top vote-getter: According to early projections, none of Italy’s 3 main blocs or groups can govern alone (03/04/2018) | @reuters @CBC
Italy election: what we know so far about who could form a government (03/06/2018) | Daniele Albertazzi @ConversationUK
Let the Populists Try to Govern Italy: An anti-establishment government would finally put the League and the Five Star Movement to the test. (03/09/2018) | Ferdinando Giugliano @bpolitics
After Italy’s Election, 2 Rival Populist Parties Claim Right To Lead Next Government (03/05/2018) | Sylvia Poggioli @nprpolitics
Victory for Eurosceptic, populist parties shocks the establishment in Italy election (03/05/2018) | Nick Squires & Peter Foster @Telegraph
Italy elections deliver stalemate, Silvio Berlusconi and maverick Five Star advance (03/05/2018) | @reuters @ABCnews
Italian general election ? when are the results out? (03/04/2018) | Sara Sjolin @MarketWatch
Italy’s Election Is A Blow To European Unity And A Boost For The Far Right: Anti-establishment and anti-immigrant parties made serious gains, throwing the country into political uncertainty. (03/05/2018) | Nick Robins-Early @HuffPostPol
Italy election: Populist parties claim right to govern after poll stalemate – A right-wing coalition is set to win the most votes overall, with the populist 5-Star Movement the biggest single party. (03/05/2018) | @SkyNews
Italy election: Italy goes to the polls: ITALIAN voters have delivered a hung parliament, meaning none of the country’s three main blocs or groups can rule alone, after a topless protester left Silvio Berlusconi with a clear message. (03/05/2018) | @AP @newscomauHQ
Riding wave of anger over jobs and immigration, Italian voters line up behind populist parties (03/05/2018) | Tom Kington @latimes
Italy election: Exit poll gives edge to center-right coalition (03/04/2018) | John Bacon @USATODAY
Italy’s election should be a wake up call for the EU: The EU can turn the victory of the populist Five Star Movement into an opportunity for dialogue and transformation. (03/08/2018) | Silvia Mazzini @AlJazeera
Italy election: What was the result and what is the Five Star Movement?: Nation faces political standstill after voters deliver hung parliament as support for anti-establishment party soars (06/03/2018) | Samuel Osborne @Independent
Election projections point to euroskeptic shift in Italy (03/04/2018) | FRANCES D’EMILIO & COLLEEN BARRY @AP @ABC
What the Italian election can tell us about the United States: Elections are the first step. What we care about is who is in and who is out of the government. (03/02/2018) | Hans Noel @vox
Italy heads to polls in election overshadowed by populism: Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the country’s most uncertain elections ever, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. (03/04/2018) | @France24_en
Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true (03/06/2018) | Annalisa Merelli @qz
How Italy’s New Electoral System Works (03/02/2018) | Marco Bertacche @bpolitics
Italy election 2018: A simple guide to the vote (03/01/2018) | Holly Ellyatt @CNBC
Italy election 2018: Untried voting system could return victory for Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition: But pollsters admit anything could happen (09/02/2018) | Gavin Jones @Independent
How does Italy’s new electoral law actually work? (15/01/2018) | Catherine Edwards @TheLocalItaly

Italian election leaves science out in the cold: Researchers hold out little hope that the next government will improve their underfunded research system. (23/02/2018) | Alison Abbott @nature

UK Vol.113 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.37)

UK Vol.112 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.36)

UK Vol.111 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.35)

UK Vol.110 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.34)

UK Vol.109 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.33)

US Policy Changes Vol.82 (Asia)

Great stuff!

Can China Back Down? Crisis De-escalation in the Shadow of Popular Opposition (w PDF; Winter 2017/18) | Kai Quek, Alastair Iain Johnston @BelferCenter
The autocrat’s Achilles’ heel (02/05/2018) | Alina Polyakova and Torrey Taussig
One Kim to rule them all (02/18/2018) | Nicholas Eberstadt @AEI
THE EDUCATION OF KIM JONG-UN (February 2018) | JUNG H. PAK @BrookingsInst
US Approach to Russia in New Nuclear Posture Review Risks Boosting Chances of Conflict (02/02/2018) | Jon Wolfsthal @russia_matters

Ex-CIA analysts explain why a bloody nose policy on North Korea would backfire (02/12/2018) | Jung H. Pak, Sue Mi Terry, and Bruce Klingner @BrookingsInst

US Policy Changes Vol.81 (Economy, Monetary policy, Budget, Trade, Urban-Rural, et al.)

Great stuff!

A Fed duet: Janet Yellen in conversation with Ben Bernanke (Video; 02/27/2018) | @BrookingsInst
Credit, financial conditions, and monetary policy transmission (w PDF; 11/30/2017) | David Aikman, Andreas Lehnert, Nellie Liang, and Michele Modugno @BrookingsInst
What do stock market fluctuations mean for the economy? (02/23/2018) | Gary Burtless @BrookingsInst
The Hutchins Center Explains: Federal budget basics (05/23/2017) | Anna Malinovskaya and Louise Sheiner

Here come the big government Republicans! (02/15/2018) | James Pethokoukis @AEI
Trump’s formula for growing the U.S. economy: What will work and what won’t (02/16/2018) | Martin Neil Baily @BrookingsInst
Summers and Former Diplomats Critique Trump’s Trade Policies (01/31/2018) | ALEXANDRA A. CHAIDEZ @thecrimson
The Heightened Risks of a US Downturn (01/26/2018) | Martin Feldstein @ProSyn @BelferCenter
Metro Monitor 2018 (w PDFs; February 2018) | Chad Shearer, Isha Shah, Alec Friedhoff, and Alan Berube @BrookingsInst
Which metros are achieving true economic success? (02/26/2018) | Alan Berube @BrookingsInst
City and metropolitan income inequality data reveal ups and downs through 2016 (w Excel; 02/05/2018) | Alan Berube @BrookingsInst
Five maps show progress made, but mostly lost, on middle-class incomes in America (w Excel; 10/12/2017) | Alan Berube @BrookingsInst
Does TV bear some responsibility for hard feelings between urban America and small town America? (02/12/2018) | Jenny Schuetz @BrookingInst
Big moves to drive innovation and growth are alive… in Canada! (02/22/2018) | Mark Muro and Joseph Parilla @BrookingsInst
Employer-sponsored health insurance: Love the plan you’re with? (02/16/2018) | Thomas P. Miller @AEI
Selfishness Is Killing Liberalism: The path to its revival lies in self-sacrifice, and in placing collective interests ahead of the narrowly personal. (02/19/2018) | JAMES TRAUB @TheAtlantic

US Policy Changes Vol.77 (Asia, et al.)

Great stuff!

The general public thinks the average company makes a 36% profit margin, which is about 5X too high, Part II (01/15/2018) | Mark J. Perry @AEI

Part I (04/02/2015)

Is another debt crisis on the way? (12/18/2017) | Kemal Dervi? @BrookingsInst

Realism and North Korea (07/02/2017) | James Winnefeld and Michael Morell @thecipherbrief

Avoiding nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula (Podcast; 01/17/2018) | Ryan Hass, Bruce Jones, Jung H. Pak, and Adrianna Pita @BrookingsInst

Beyond maximum pressure: A pathway to North Korean denuclearization (w PDF; December 2017) | Jung H. Pak and Ryan Hass @BrookingsInst

Understanding the North Korea Threat (12/06/2017) | Joseph S. Nye @BelferCenter

North Korea’s Biological Weapons Program: The Known and Unknown (October 2017) | Elizabeth Philipp, Hyun-Kyung Kim, Hattie Chung @BelferCenter

Approaching the North Korea challenge realistically (w PDF; 08/14/2017) | Robert Einhorn @BrookingsInst

Why deterring and containing North Korea is our least bad option (08/08/2017) | Jeffrey A. Bader @BrookingsInst

The Korean nuclear issue: Past, present, and future: A Chinese perspective (04/30/2017) | Fu Ying @BrookingsInst

Can Chinese banks identify North Korean sanctions evaders? (04/10/2017) | Aaron Arnold @BulletinAtomic

What Can Vietnam Learn From China’s Economic Retaliation Against South Korea?: China’s punishment for THAAD could preview what Vietnam can expect if South China Sea tensions rise too high. (03/29/2017) | Viet Phuong Nguyen @Diplomat_APAC

Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea: A Practical Guide (June 2017) | Eleanor Freund / Andrew Facini @BelferCenter

Was pre-Trump U.S. policy towards China based on “false” premises?: China in Trump’s National Security Strategy (12/22/2017) | Jeffrey A. Bader and Ryan Hass @BrookingsInst

Is Chinese Nationalism Rising? Evidence from Beijing (w PDF; Winter 2016/17) | Alastair Iain Johnston @Journal_IS

Balancing China: How to Check Chinese Military Expansion in East Asia (w PDF; November 2017) | Michael Beckley @BelferCenter

China, America and the Thucydides Trap: An interview with Graham Allison (23/08/2017) | Sam Roggeveen @LowyInstitute

The troubling U.S.-China face-off (June 2017) | Harvard Gazette

Avoiding war: Containment, competition, and cooperation in U.S.-China relations (w PDF; 11/21/2017) | David Dollar, Ryan Hass, Robert Kagan, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Cheng Li, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Jonathan Stromseth, Bruce Jones, and Tarun Chhabra

How China Cheats (11/02/2017) | Derek Scissors @NRO

Trump’s War – More Risk Than Reward for US Military Involvement in Afghanistan (w Video; 08/22/2017) | Rolf Mowatt-Larssen @JustSecurity

The outlines of Trump’s Asia strategy: The President’s Asian trip sketched out a smart approach to containing North Korea, competing with China, and rebuilding trust with allies. Now comes the time to fill in the blanks. (11/17/2017) | Dan Blumenthal @AEI

The new geopolitics of trade in Asia (11/15/2017) | Mireya Solis @BrookingsInst

Russia, China and the Uncertain Future of the Collective West: Q&A with Kevin Rudd (03/29/2017) | @russia_matters

After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime (12/07/2017) | Kevin Ryan @russia_matters

Putin’s disinformation war on the West (Podcast; 12/15/2017) | Alina Polyakova and Fred Dews @BrookingsInst

Dreaming Spies: The Inside Story of the KGB at Oxford (12/01/2017) | Calder Walton @prospect_uk

Russia’s Lasting Influence in Central Asia (11/19/2017) | Morena Skalamera @Survival

TPPs for success: Here is how India can use this gamechanger agreement (07/17/2017) | Harsha Vardhana Singh @BrookingsInst

Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem: There’s a plutonium arms race brewing in East Asia that could see China, Japan, and South Korea with the capability to make tens of thousands of nuclear weapons. (08/17/2017) | HENRY SOKOLSKI, WILLIAM TOBEY @ForeignPolicy

Some reflections on Japanese monetary policy (05/23/2017) | Ben S. Bernanke @BrookingsInst

‘There were just so many things that I was curious about’ (05/09/2017) | Harvard Gazette

US Policy Changes Vol.76 (Trade, Energy, National Security, Financial Regulation, Tax, Values, et al.)

Great stuff!

Export Monitor 2017 (w PDFs; 08/18/2017) | Joseph Parilla and Nick Marchio @BrookingsInst

When renegotiating NAFTA, Trump should re-evaluate his premises on international trade (08/17/2017) | Dany Bahar @BrookingsInst

NAFTA renegotiation: Separating fact from fiction (08/17/2017) | Amanda Waldron @BrookingsInst

American Energy Policy (w PDF; April 2017) | Daniel Poneman @BelferCenter

Is the United States the new Saudi Arabia? (01/26/2018) | Samantha Gross @BrookingsInst

Learning from Katrina to care for Hurricane Harvey’s youngest victims (09/06/2017) | Jon Valant @BrookingsInst

Trump’s border wall is standard practice in other parts of the world (01/23/2018) | Michael Rubin @BrookingsInst

Hitting the wall: On immigration, campaign promises clash with policy realities (w PDF; 06/22/2017) | John Hudak, Elaine Kamarck, and Christine Stenglein @BrookingsInst

Strengthening and streamlining bank capital regulation (w PDFs; 09/07/2017) | Robin Greenwood, Samuel G. Hanson, Jeremy C. Stein, and Adi Sunderam @BrookingsInst

What Treasury’s financial regulation report gets right and where it goes too far (06/13/2017) | Nellie Liang @BrookingsInst

Hoarding the American Dream (Podcast & Transcript; 06/16/2017) | Richard V. Reeves, Bill Finan, and Fred Dews @BrookingsInst

Professionalism in politics: The paradox of populism (Podcast & Transcript; 06/28/2017) | Jonathan Rauch, Benjamin Wittes, and Adrianna Pita @BrookingsInst

Winners and losers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Podcast; 12/22/2017) | Fred Dews and Adam Looney @BrookingsInst

Next Task for GOP: Spend Less and Help the Poor – Republicans did well to cut corporate taxes, not so well at expanding opportunity. (12/19/2017) | Michael R. Strain @bpolitics

Who would pay for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? (w PDF; 12/08/2017) | William G. Gale, Surachai Khitatrakun, and Aaron Krupkin @BrookingsInst

Senate tax bill: Lower rates for corporations? Check. Broadening the tax base? Not so much. (12/05/2017) | Adam Looney and Hilary Gelfond @BrookingsInst

Relax, the housing market will be fine after tax reform (11/09/2017) | Alex Brill @AEI

Is the rent “too damn high”? Or are incomes too low? (12/19/2017) | Jenny Schuetz @BrookingsInst

Where the robots are (08/14/2017) | Mark Muro @BrookingsInst

Signs of digital distress: Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods (09/12/2017) | Adie Tomer, Elizabeth Kneebone, and Ranjitha Shivaram @BrookingsInst

Segregation and changing populations shape Rust Belt’s politics (09/14/2017) | John C. Austin @BrookingsInst

Census shows nonmetropolitan America is whiter, getting older, and losing population: Will it retain political clout? (06/27/2017) | William H. Frey @BrookingsInst

A primer on gerrymandering and political polarization (07/06/2017) | Fred Dews @BrookingsInst

The geography of desperation in America (07/24/2017) | Carol Graham, Sergio Pinto, and John Juneau II @BrookingsInst

Will the release of the JFK assassination records put to rest one of the most widely believed conspiracy theories? (w Video; 10/27/2017) | Karlyn Bowman @AEI

The Rudeness of King Donald (12/04/2017) | Niall Ferguson @BostonGlobe

US Policy Changes Vol.75 (North Korea)

Great stuff: The Method in North Korea’s Madness: A monstrous regime’s rational statecraft (01/16/2018) | Nicholas Eberstadt @Commentary. Excerpt is on our own.

… A CIA study in the late 1970s, for example, concluded that South Korea did not catch up with North Korea until 1975. …
In 1984, Kim Il Sung made a fateful error: He leaned decisively toward Moscow, a tilt signaled by his unprecedented six-week state visit to the USSR and Eastern Europe that same year. The gamble paid off initially: Between 1985 and 1989, the Kremlin transferred around $7 billion to Pyongyang, twice as much as the amount transferred over the entire previous 25 years, much of it in military materiel. In 1988, North Korea relied on the Soviet bloc not only for almost all its net concessionary foreign-resources transfers, but also for roughly two-thirds of its international trade, most of it arranged on political, highly subsidized, terms.
Then the came the Soviet bloc’s collapse. By 1992 – the year after the collapse of the USSR – both trade and aid from the erstwhile Soviet bloc had plummeted by nearly 90 percent. North Korea’s worldwide overall supplies of merchandise from all foreign sources consequently plunged by more than half over those same years. …
… Rough estimates suggest that, by 1998, North Korea’s real per capita commercial merchandise exports were barely a third their level of just a decade earlier, while real per capita imports, including supplies indispensable to the performance of key sectors of the domestic economy, were down by about 75 percent. …
… Between 2002 and 2008, China’s annual net balance of shipments of goods to North Korea – its exports to Pyongyang minus corresponding imports – more than quintupled, rocketing upward from less than $300 million to more than $1.5 billion. …
…Kim Jong Il’s North Korea clawed its way back from famine to a low but acceptable new economic normal – all the while forswearing domestic economic reforms or genuinely commercial contacts with the outside world. North Korea did not completely avoid potentially fraught economic changes under Kim Jong Il, of course – that was beyond the powers even of the Dear Leader. Domestic cellphone use began during the Dear Leader’s reign… “transition without reform,” …
… Unlike the Great Leader, who had groomed his son to rule from an early age, Kim Jong Il himself put off the whole business of naming a successor for as long as he possibly could…
…the name of his signature policy: byungjin, or “simultaneous pursuit.” …
… Pyongyang does not “do” gratitude. … capricious cutbacks in free food from China in the year 1994 were the trigger for the Great North Korean Famine, which became impossible to conceal by 1995.
Today it is all but impossible to get by in North Korea on state-supplied provisions alone?and a wide array of goods and services, both foreign and domestic, are available for money in North Korean markets. Although formally prohibited, even real estate is for sale throughout the country, with a vibrant market for private flats in Pyongyang. And a wealthy marketeering caste has arisen: donju, or “money masters,”…
…Pyongyang has made unknown millions abroad from what we might call its own style of human trafficking: profiting off the tens of thousands of workers in labor gangs it has sent to China, Russia, the Middle East, and even parts of Europe. No less inventive has been Pyongyang’s apparent monetization of its growing capacity for cyberwarfare through international bank robbery. …
…Barely weeks after Tehran inked its September 2012 Scientific Cooperation Agreement with Pyongyang, the won suddenly ended its decade-long freefall and finally achieved exchange-rate stability. …
… China and Russia flagrantly and routinely violate the very sanctions their own Security Council representatives voted to impose. Most countries around the world still ignore them, too. In early 2017, the UN’s Panel of Experts on the sanctions reported that 116 of the UN’s 193 members had not yet bothered even to file implementation reports on the then-latest round (UNSC 2270, levied in response to Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear blast). The previous year, the Panel noted that 90 countries had never reported on any of the sanction resolutions against North Korea (eight at that time, the first of them ratified a decade before that report). …
As 2018 commences, three big changes …
… The Achilles’ heel of the North Korean economy – and thus, of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs – is its existential dependence on foreign aid and outside money. …
Washington can also take the lead in lobbying governments to shut down the North Korean work crews operating within their own countries – these are too close to slave labor for comfort. This need not be quiet diplomacy. The complicit governments in question, including Beijing and Putin’s Kremlin, deserve to be called out publicly if they are intransigent. …
… America gets to decide who can, and who cannot, engage in the dollar-denominated financial transactions with the myriad of correspondent banks serving the globe, for which the Federal Reserve Bank is the clearing house. Existing legislation and executive orders already provide the U.S. government with a panoply of instruments for inflicting nuanced and escalating economic penalties and losses on…
…we should not lose sight of the money that North Korea receives through arrangements with other governments -including states in Africa and the Middle East that receive U.S. foreign aid. …
…some of the best work mapping out the connections between Chinese front companies and the North Korean military these days should apparently come from a small think tank, C4ADS, that relies entirely on open sources. …
…we can help shut down North Korea’s worldwide criminal enterprises, arrest their international accomplices, freeze and seize violators’ overseas assets (not just Kim Jong Un’s assets: think Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and the rest), and levy potentially devastating fines against…
… North Korea will test the stomach and the will of the pressure alliance, threatening what sees as the campaign’s weakest and the most exposed elements and ranks. …
… There are good reasons to think North Korea would not resort to first use of nuclear weapons, most compelling among them, its own state-enshrined doctrine known as “Ten Principles for the Establishment of a Monolithic Ideology.” (The essence of this doctrine: The Hive must keep the Queen safe, and at all cost.) But there is no sugarcoating the terrible risks, including risks of miscalculation…

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What the Iran nuclear deal means for oil prices (07/15/2017) | @bradplumer @vox
Oil prices slide as Iran’s nuclear deal spells trouble for U.S. shale (07/14/2015) | Geoffrey Smith @fortune
How Would The Iran Nuclear Deal Impact Oil Prices? (06/29/2015) | @forbes
Iran-US Interim Agreement: Historic Breakthrough or Historic Sellout? (12/10/2013) | Dr James Petras @NewsBud_
Iran-US Regional Relations Subsequent to Nuclear Agreement (07/26/2015) | Masoud Rezaei @Iran_Review
World powers reach nuclear deal with Iran to freeze its nuclear program (11/24/2013) | Anne Gearan and Joby Warrick @washingtonpost
Why Europe Backs Obama on Iran (04/07/2015) | Carl Bildt @berggruenInst @HuffPost
Iran Nuclear Agreement | @plough_shares
Iran: Inside the Deal | @AJEnglish
Nuclear Iran | @cbsnews
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Ernest J. Moniz Addresses Global Nuclear Risks (Speech; 01/11/2018)
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Iran: One year since sanctions relief (17/01/2017) | Henry Smith @Control_Risks
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Why the Iran protests matter (Voice; 01/02/2018) | Suzanne Maloney @BrookingsFP
Iran nuclear deal: Key details (13/10/2017) | @BBC
Iran Nuclear Agreement (PDF; 09/15/2017) | Kenneth Katzman & Paul K. Kerr @CRS4Congress
Full text of the Iran nuclear deal (14/07/2015) | @washingtonpost
Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions and Political Theory (06/03/2012) | Allison Kushner @FPA_ORG
Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal, Despite Trump’s Decertification (13/10/2017) | @CrisisGroup
The Real Promise of the US-Iran Agreement – Yes, it will prevent Iran from developing nukes. But it could also transform the Middle East, bringing  order and peace to a region falling into chaos. (07/16/2015) | @thenation
Proxy War Over Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Europe at UN (10/12/2017) | Kambiz Foroohar @bpolitics
The Iran Nuclear Deal – A Simple Guide (03/31/2015) | @nytimes
Trade – Iran | @EU_Commission

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