The world is in great danger of spending scarce resources on climate policies that hurt rather than help its poorest people. Governments should instead focus on growth-enhancing measures such as trade liberalization, which provide a pathway to increased welfare and greater equality.
In the absence of a horizon for a political settlement, economics and security will be the twin pillars of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. This is not an economic peace that holds out prosperity in lieu of Palestinian national aspirations but because it is in Israel’s security interest. As international donor assistance to the Palestinians has declined, Israel –and the defense establishment in particular- has more actively promoted economic and financial stability in the West Bank and Gaza.
As we approach the fourth birthday of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), much angst remains around testing and accountability in education. ESSA released some steam from the boiling pot of education politics by turning a number of key decisions over to states and reducing the stakes associated with “high stakes testing.” But those politics still simmer. That’s partly because American children continue to spend lots of time taking standardized tests; because of growing interest in aspects of schools’ mission that go beyond academics, especially social and emotional learning; and because of questions around whether testing and accountability systems are actually helping to make our schools better.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book The Square and the Tower, which traces the influence of non-hierarchical networks as well as how they have taken on a new life in the 21st century.