Publications

Publications

The Obama Trade Agenda: Five Things for Progressives to Like

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama went all in on international trade. The Administration has already been aggressively pursuing the most ambitious set of trade agreements in decades—including potentially groundbreaking deals with 11 Asian-Pacific countries (the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP), and the European Union (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,…

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas: The Benefits Outweigh the Risk

In a remarkably brief period, America has become awash in oil and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) we have surpassed Russia as the world’s leading energy superpower, producing more oil and natural gas combined than any other country. This newfound abundance has turned old assumptions about U.S. energy scarcity and…

Don’t Listen to the Polls: Why Obama Has More Room for Foreign Activism Than Polls Suggest

It’s become a truism that Americans have turned so far inward that they will not tolerate national security initiatives that carry a risk of major costs or casualties. War-weary after Iraq and Afghanistan and reeling financially from The Great Recession, the public wants U.S. leaders to focus more at home and shoulder far fewer burdens abroad—and certainly…

A Fresh Approach to International Investment Rules

Money makes the world go round. Although money flows are global, the rules governing investment are bilateral and regional. Cross-border investment is governed by a patchwork of over 3,000 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), regional and bilateral trade agreements (FTAs) with investment chapters, as well as the trade-related investment provisions of the World Trade Organization. While…

Bridging The Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Jobs

Seldom has the world stood poised before economic changes destined to bring as much palpable improvement to people’s lives and desirable social transformation as “big data.” Breathless accounts abound of the huge amounts of data that citizens, consumers and  governments now generate on a daily basis in studies ranging from the French Prime Minister’s Commissariat…

Policy Brief: How an Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group Could Help

In June 2011, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved an amendment introduced by U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) that would provide $1 million for the establishment of an independent Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group. The blue-ribbon panel’s charge would be to assess U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and offer recommendations within 120 days. Could an Afghanistan-Pakistan…

Separate War Funding Still Makes No Sense

On Friday, I spent an hour or so with Senate staffers selling the merits of ending the war funding supplemental bills. We remain mired in the midst of budget negotiations, and my aim was to get Hill staff to keep in mind the bigger picture while they're in the midst of scrutinizing every line-item. As…

China’s Growing Naval Power

Read the entire memo It’s clear that China’s Navy is growing in size and quality. Not only does China have the largest navy in East Asia, it has an increasingly modern and capable force of imported and indigenously produced destroyers, frigates, missile patrol craft, and submarines. Beijing is even planning to deploy its own aircraft…

Cutting the Tether: Enhancing the U.S. Military’s Energy Performance

Watch live streaming video from progressivepolicyinstitute at livestream.com “Unleash us from the tether of fuel.”     — Gen. James Mattis, former commander of the 1st Marine Division, during the drive to Baghdad, March 2003   Executive Summary The Defense Department has embarked on an important set of reforms that focuses on the impact of…