House Intel’s Russia investigation, a solution to Israel’s migrant crisis, and World Health Day research.
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April 7, 2018
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When terrorists and criminals govern better than governments. From Latin America to the Middle East, terrorist groups and drug cartels often fill the vacuum of weak governments by providing security and services to local communities. In a new post adapted from their book, Shadi Hamid, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Harold Trinkunas explain why this overlooked governance role makes nonstate actors a persistent threat.

Will the youth-led gun control movement shake up the midterms? Despite a long record of dismal voter turnout, political activism is surging among America’s millennial and post-millennial generations, especially around gun control. Darrell West argues that these young voters could have a dramatic impact on close congressional races in November—if they show up to the polls.

A way forward for Israel’s migrants. Thousands of Africans seeking refuge in Israel were left in legal limbo after Prime Minister Netanyahu canceled a U.N. resettlement deal this week. Dany Bahar proposes a compromise solution to normalize the status of these migrants while easing the Israeli people’s concerns.

A cautionary tale about congressional oversight. As Democrats object to the forthcoming report by Republicans on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Casey Burgat and Daniel Schuman explain what other congressional committees can learn from the breakdowns in the House Intelligence Committee's yearlong investigation.

Five stunning facts about world health. Did you know that the opioid crisis takes 175 American lives daily or that just 0.22 percent of U.S. federal spending goes toward global health? To commemorate this year’s World Health Day, explore a compilation of recent health research from Brookings. 

What our experts are reading

Nice analysis showing the global progress on different levels of poverty, not just extreme poverty. (@anthonypipa)

Thought-provoking piece in The Economist on persistent racial segregation. Black-white dissimilarity has decreased nationally but unevenly across metros. (@jenny_schuetz)

Wow, this interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic is a fascinating read. (@S_R_Anders)


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