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New Approaches to Migration Management in Mexico and Central America

Oct 01, 2012
Until recently, the outflow of Mexicans to the United States dominated the attention of Mexican politicians, policymakers, and migration researchers, but public attention has shifted in recent years to the phenomenon of transit migration. Over the past two decades, Mexico has increasingly become a destination for Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States; many remain in Mexico for extended periods and, in some cases, settle permanently. more

Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers

Sep 14, 2012
Major emergencies and crises can overwhelm local resources. In the last several years, self-organized digital volunteers have begun leveraging the power of social media and “crowd-mapping” for collaborative crisis response. Rather than mobilizing a physical response, these digital volunteer groups have responded virtually by creating software applications, monitoring social networks, aggregating data, and creating “crowdsourced” maps to assist both survivors and the formal response community. These virtual responses can subject digital volunteers to tort liability. This report evaluates the precise contours of potential liability for digital volunteers. more

US Diplomatic Efforts Stalled Brazil's Nuclear Program in 1970s

Jul 26, 2012
Brazil's nuclear program in the 1970s faced opposition from the US as the Carter administration sought to make nuclear non-proliferation a top priority, according to new documents released by Fundacao Getulio Vargas. more

Appropriations Process Wilts in the Sunshine

Jul 26, 2012
While the House and Senate appropriations committees were off to a good start this spring in reporting most of their 12 money bills, the process slowed down considerably this summer with a raft of floor amendments. This portends a repeat of last year with no bills enacted by the start of the fiscal year and an omnibus bill wrapping things up well past the deadline, writes Don Wolfensberger in his Procedural Politics column. more

New Documents Show US Feared Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in 1960s

Jul 20, 2012
American officials worried that without classification and export controls "unfriendly" countries could acquire gas centrifuges and begin production of fissile materials. more

Contempt Charges Are Not Partisan Fodder

Jul 16, 2012
While House Democrats charged Republicans with playing politics by forcing a contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, and some Republican Members seemed too anxious to punish the Attorney General by pushing Speaker John Boehner for an earlier vote, Wolfensberger points out that neither party nor branch of government stands to gain politically from what is a complex interbranch dispute over documents related to the government’s botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation in the southwest U.S. more

The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Jun 06, 2012
More than a billion dollars of goods are traded across the US-Mexico border each day. With so much commerce, efficient and secure border management is essential to promote the competitiveness of the US and Mexico. This report identifies strategies to meet this challenge. more

Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes by Robert S. Litwak

Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes

May 24, 2012
In the Bush era, Iran and North Korea were branded “rogue” states, and changing their regimes was the administration’s goal. The Obama administration has chosen instead to call the countries nuclear “outliers” and has proposed means other than regime change to bring them back into the fold, Outlier States, the successor to Litwak’s Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11 (2007), explores this significant policy adjustment and raises questions about its feasibility and its possible consequences. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.