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  • Workforce Development

    Report

    Building a Sustainable STEM Workforce in Appalachia

    The tristate region of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia needs more workers with STEM skills to fill jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. The Appalachia Partnership Initiative is investing in education and workforce development programs to meet the demand and build a STEM ecosystem for the future.

  • Infrastructure Finance

    Commentary

    China's Field of Dreams in Pakistan

    China is four years into joint planning and construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, from Kashgar, China to the Pakistani port of Gwadar. What are the benefits for China and Pakistan and what do they mean for future growth in the region?

  • Educational Program Evaluation

    Report

    Community Schools Take a Holistic Approach to Urban Education

    The New York City Community Schools Initiative is a strategy to organize resources and share leadership so that academics, health and wellness, youth development, and family engagement are integrated into each school. An assessment of 118 schools finds that with support from partners, school improvement should continue.

  • Gaza Strip

    Commentary

    How Salafism's Rise Threatens Gaza

    The rise of hardline Salafism is a worrisome trend in Gaza, where Salafists could surpass Hamas as the most dangerous threat to other Palestinians and the state of Israel. Such a result could very well signal the sabotage of yet another chance for progress in one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    Report

    How Might Russia Respond to U.S. and NATO Posture Changes?

    The escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO since 2014 has led to numerous proposals to enhance U.S. and NATO posture on the Alliance's eastern flank. Assessing Russia's possible reactions is vital to any analysis of which posture and capability enhancements the U.S. and NATO should pursue.

  • Health Care Access

    Commentary

    Why ACA Enrollees Need Support After They Sign Up

    Health insurance makes checkups and other preventive services affordable. These visits enable providers to identify risk factors for chronic diseases before they start, and suggest ways to become healthier. Helping ACA enrollees connect with providers they like can minimize the risk they will stop seeking routine care.

  • Arctic Region

    Q&A

    Policy Challenges in the Arctic: Q&A with Abbie Tingstad

    Abbie Tingstad discusses how the opening of the Arctic by climate change could strain relationships among Arctic nations, Russia's military buildup in the region, and how these changes will affect the indigenous communities.

  • Military Families

    Report

    Are Soldiers Getting What They Need?

    In addition to typical American household issues, service members and their families deal with challenges like deployments and frequent moves. A survey of more than 7,000 active-duty soldiers provides insight into the problems they face, their needs, and the resources they use.

  • Military Strategy

    Report

    Risk of U.S.-China Conflict Should Not Be Ignored or Exaggerated

    Armed conflict between the United States and China is not likely, but the possibility requires prudent policies and effective deterrent measures. Chinese air and sea defense capabilities continue to grow, making U.S. forward-basing more vulnerable and the defense of U.S. interests in the region potentially more costly.

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