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Adapting To The Cyber Domain: Comparing US And UK Institutional, Legal, And Policy Innovations

by Robert Chesneyvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

This article explores the origins and evolution of the institutional, policy, and legal frameworks that define the defensive and offensive aspects of UK and US cyber strategies. There is a strong degree of convergence, particularly from a defense perspective, but there are also important variations, especially in the degree to which the countries’ most capable operators—the National Security Agency and the Government Communications Headquarters—are integrated into non-intelligence activities.

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The Gulf New Deal: Power, Competition, And The Renewable-Energy Transition In The Arab Monarchies

by Oliver McPherson-Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What does the global transition to renewable energy mean for the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf? This essay outlines the political rationale, and consequences, of the Gulf monarchies’ aggressive efforts to scale up their renewable power industries. Driven by political survival, these neighboring states are increasingly being drawn into regional economic rivalries and civilian nuclear development. For American foreign policy makers, this high-stakes transition poses a raft of unique challenges.

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Israel’s Grand Strategy Ripples Begin At Home

by Assaf Orionvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel was born into a state of war, with preponderant and unaccepting neighbors. Against daunting odds, it not only survived but prospered, gradually becoming recognized as a permanent, legitimate country in the Middle East and even a desired partner. Its success stems from its ability to harness its human talent and international networking potential into an advanced defensive enterprise, deftly managing rather than attempting to resolve conflicts.

Introduction | How to Improve Our Schools in the Post-COVID Era

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Perhaps no issue is more important to American prosperity than the education of our citizens. Our nation’s schools serve more than fifty-six million students each day, and their success is essential to our long-term economic progress, our national security, and our civic life.

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Learning Losses - What To Do About Them

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

In early 2020, education leaders across the globe watched in dread as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, with dire consequences for schools and those attending them. Dealt a hand of bad to worse options, they conscientiously chose to protect educators and students by closing school buildings, sending everyone home, and redirecting educators to instruct remotely. Local conditions—both medical and political—continue to shape the course of the 2020–21 school year, resulting in a slate of arrangements including schools in various states of openness, millions of children still trying to learn from home, and continued disruption to normal education activities.

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Testing: Education’s Indispensable GPS

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

We need a national conversation about the “why” of testing students annually, because we as educators need to come to a collective understanding of their importance. This could be led by our country’s new secretary of education, and we’re seeing many governors and state commissioners lead these conversations in many states.

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Results-Based Accountability For Schools: Education’s Heaviest Lift

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Monday, May 3, 2021

As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states should resume school-level accountability as soon as the pandemic is substantially under control, most students are regularly attending school or can be assessed remotely, and reliable data are available, including achievement and growth data. The target should be the end of school year 2021–22.

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Budgeting During And For Recovery

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Considerable uncertainty surrounds the overall state of school finance coming out of the pandemic. As unemployment peaked soon after the economic lockdowns that involved most states after March 2020, states became very concerned about the expected future tax revenues, and they began planning a retrenchment in all spending, including that for schools.

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COVID-19, High School, And The “Both And” World

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Saturday, May 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus many of the structural imperfections of American high schools: unequal educational opportunity for significant numbers of students, weak adherence to course content that would adequately prepare students for life after high school, and incoherent pathways that leave many students with a dead-end diploma.

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Does The World Change For Teachers?

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Friday, April 30, 2021

Schools changed dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is unlikely that they will return fully to the “old normal.” Moreover, the learning losses for current students since March 2020 are likely to follow them over their lifetimes unless schools actually get better.