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Officials Wary of Aid Fatigue for Ukrainian Refugees
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Officials Wary of Aid Fatigue for Ukrainian Refugees
2023-02-03 19:06:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As a full year closes in on what Russia calls its special military operation in Ukraine, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that over 7.8 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries and over 65... Read More

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Analysts Stress Overpopulation Is Not Climate Culprit
2022-11-01 14:01:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Population trends analysts are still trying to quash the idea that overpopulation causes climate change.  While connected, there is no simple and direct relationship between human numbers and environmental impacts. So to move forward toward real environmental change,... Read More

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Outgoing COP26 President Sharma: ‘We Are Not Doing Everything in Our Power’
2022-10-17 13:53:47
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — “We should be under no delusions; we are not doing everything in our power,” outgoing COP26 president and British Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma candidly shared with the Wilson Center last week as he looked back on his three... Read More

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European Leaders Frustrated With Geopolitics Slowing Progress Toward Clean Energy Transition
2022-10-11 12:45:29
by Kate Michael

ISTANBUL — There was candor and heated conversation as the Atlantic Council convened in Turkey this week for a conference to discuss next steps in the clean energy transition. Leaders from government, business and research communities gathered to take stock... Read More

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Landmark Bills Offer Decarbonization Funding but Cities Not Ready
2022-09-30 12:51:21
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The effort to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and decarbonize is a national priority of many countries, but since the transportation, building, and electricity sectors produce nearly two-thirds of GHG emissions in the United States alone, it’s... Read More

Technology
Report: US Watchful as EU Progresses With AI Policy
2022-08-18 14:26:47
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — As the European Union moves ahead with its Artificial Intelligence Act, it’s time for American lawmakers to pay attention to potential policies, said John Soroushian, a senior associate director at the Bipartisan Policy Center.  “It’s important to pay... Read More

Geopolitics
Former Defense Secretary Esper Claims ‘One China a Complete Fallacy’
2022-07-27 14:49:33
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Fresh from a transatlantic delegation visit to Taiwan on behalf of the Atlantic Council and under the auspices of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is “increasingly worried about Chinese... Read More

Environment
Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution
2022-05-16 16:05:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of... Read More

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Europe Leading the Charge on ESG but Coordination Needed
2021-12-29 19:44:03
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Investment markets around the world are realizing that a short-term focus on purely financial goals is no longer sufficient. But as the momentum behind environmental, social, and governance builds, it’s the European Union that is really leading the... Read More

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Scholars Say COVID Represents ‘Teachable Moment’ for Girls’ Education in Crisis
2021-12-15 15:17:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young scholars from around the world for a symposium to consider new ways to protect and promote the rights of women,... Read More

Technology
Officials Say Automation Won’t Replace Humans
2021-11-17 15:25:46
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — Automation will not replace people nor take their jobs, according to two government officials who are implementing robotic process automation programs at federal agencies.  In fact, automation will allow federal employees to accomplish more than that they could... Read More

Energy
Hickenlooper Pitches New FERC Authority To Help Biden’s Clean Energy Plan
2021-09-16 14:08:59
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The economic impact of the switch to clean energy may have the chance to make the transition a truly bipartisan issue, according to Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. During an event Tuesday hosted by the Public Policy Institute on expanding... Read More

Food Insecurity
Chef José Andrés Co-Chairs Food Task Force
2021-09-16 13:44:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — When he’s not feeding the world, Chef José Andrés is planning how to feed the world… better. The humanitarian chef recently co-chaired a Food and Nutrition Security Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center with the aim of... Read More

Geopolitics
Experts Say Global War on Terror a Failure
2021-09-13 15:53:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the 9/11 commemorations and the consternation caused by American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, the Wilson Center invited experts to reflect on how actions of the last 20 years have changed the world in terms of conflict and... Read More

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Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates
2021-08-24 20:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left to fight for when he returned to the U.S. in 2015.  During two combat tours in Iraq, the now CEO... Read More

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Van Hollen Wants ‘Equity of the Tax System’ To Pay for Infrastructure, Reconciliation Spending
2021-08-19 15:41:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has passed both the $1.5 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the framework of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill made up largely of potential investments in social programs and climate policy. While these massive budgetary items... Read More

Economy
Bidenomics Means Increasing 'Worker Power,' Advisor Argues
2021-07-30 16:09:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON -- The success of President Joe Biden's promise to breathe new life into the American working and middle class will hang on the administration's ability to build up the power of workers, according to a group of economic experts.... Read More

Foreign Affairs
US Should Appoint Special Envoy To Myanmar, Former Ambassador Says
2021-07-23 12:47:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. should appoint a special envoy for the devolving situation in Myanmar, a former U.S. ambassador to the country said on Thursday morning.  "We're seeing, little by little and step by step, in slow motion, the collapse of... Read More

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Threats of Cyberattack Loom as Space Assets Not ‘Critical Infrastructure’
2021-07-19 21:00:12
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Despite our reliance on space technology for things like communication, transportation, food, and health care — not to mention national security — our national space assets aren’t officially designated as critical infrastructure. Humanity is already dependent on space,... Read More

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Tech Hubs Can Ignite Economic Growth And Create Inclusion, Speakers Argue
2021-07-15 13:07:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Legislators want to jolt tech-related economic growth outside of the coastal regions, and according to speakers at a panel event this week, doing so would help ensure American relevance on the global market while lessening some of the inequality... Read More

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Fiduciary Duty Rules Need Clarifying Says Urban Institute
2021-07-12 16:06:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The rich might be able save the world, but only if they focus on using their investments to change power dynamics, and they may need a little help from regulators, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.... Read More

Employment
Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
2021-07-12 16:05:13
by Brock Blasdell

As the American economic engines churn back to life, one major hurdle stands in the way of our market renaissance - labor. Businesses, especially low wage, low skill businesses, are having a difficult time finding people to work for them. ... Read More

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Unemployment Insurance Needs Federal Changes, Says Economic Policy Institute
2021-07-08 19:42:47
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute outlines structural reforms for unemployment insurance in the U.S., including a stronger role for the federal government in providing that insurance. According to the report, unemployment benefits in the country, a... Read More

Economy
Experts Unsure Whether Stimulus Causing Inflation
2021-07-02 18:47:08
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — If it seems like prices are going up for things like gas, groceries, vehicles, and houses, they are. The Consumer Price Index has risen by an average of 0.7% per month over the last three months, is now... Read More

Education
California Addresses College Readiness
2021-07-01 15:09:50
by Ansley Puckett

The Public Policy Institute of California released the first in a series of posts examining how educational opportunities and outcomes are different across California.   According to the post, only a third of California’s 9th graders make it to and then... Read More

Education
‘Economic Disobedience’ Predicted if Student Loan Forgiveness Not Offered
2021-06-29 20:08:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — “With the flick of a pen, Biden could get it done,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., about student loan forgiveness. From a campaign promise to a potential policy, student loan forgiveness is being touted not only... Read More

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‘There’s just something about Putinism,’ Analysts Reflect on Russia and US Foreign Policy
2021-06-17 19:52:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The recent summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian President Putin has been hailed by both countries as an opportunity to reevaluate the nations' relationship. While the three-hour conversation may not have inspired confidence toward ensuring stability, the... Read More

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Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-14 15:36:26
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and... Read More

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Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?
2021-05-10 15:05:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much has been studied about President Biden’s first 100 days in office, most of that analysis has focused on how the administration’s actions impact American citizens or relationships with the world’s other great powers, but many wonder... Read More

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Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
2021-05-06 18:51:38
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Although western sanctions have not forced the Russian government to completely end its aggressions in Ukraine, the true impact of the sanctions has not been fully acknowledged, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council, an international affairs... Read More

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