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  • Can Tensions with Russia Impact the Launch of U.S. National Security Satellites?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Russia's clashes with the Ukraine and its claims on the Crimean peninsula have caused friction with the U.S. and raised questions about the potential for interruption in the supply of Russian rocket engines that lift U.S. national security space satellites into orbit.

  • Catastrophic Risk in California: Are Homeowners and Communities Prepared?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Predictions about the inevitability of a major earthquake in California is generating concern about how to pay for rebuilding after a catastrophic event. Insurance alone isn’t the answer, but exploring ways for insurance premiums to better reflect loss could help homeowners prepare for "the big one.”

  • A Summer Reading List for Congress

    Jul 31, 2014

    No matter how policymakers spend their break—meeting with home-state constituents, traveling abroad with congressional delegations, or spending time with family—this summer reading list contains policy ideas, including health-realted reading on dementia policy and Medicaid, that can help them hit the ground running when they return.

  • China’s Industrial Policies in Commercial Aviation Manufacturing

    Jul 31, 2014

    Until recently, the Chinese aircraft manufacturing industry produced aircraft almost exclusively for its military. As China transitions to commercial aircraft production, does it need to rethink its investments and policies to become more globally integrated and competitive?

  • Getting Smarter About Border Security Strategy, Data, and Technology Infrastructure

    Jul 31, 2014

    There is no single solution for border security challenges. However, a network of mutually reinforcing and even redundant layers of defenses can enable the U.S. to better control its borders.

  • Jihadist Sanctuaries in Syria and Iraq

    Jul 24, 2014

    The large number of Western violent extremists in sanctuaries like Syria and Iraq requires the adoption of policies and practices in the U.S. homeland and overseas to ensure that these extremists are detected if they return to the West and, more broadly, to reduce the flow of foreign fighters from the West.