First Looks: Summer 2018

Nuclear Power Needs Leadership, but Not from the Military

Proponents of today’s beleaguered nuclear power industry want the US Department of Defense to lead in commercial reactor development and deployment. Bad idea. Here’s a modest alternative.

Is Innovation China’s Next Great Leap Forward?

The United States is the world’s innovation leader, but it can no longer take its premier position for granted.

Beyond Patents

Scholars of innovation use patenting as an indicator of both innovativeness and the value of science. It might be neither.*


Responses to essays in the Spring 2018 Issues from Mary L. Gray, Sean M. Kevelighan, Roy Wright, David Danks, Alex John London, Don Albrecht, Chris Hendrickson, Richard Berk, Hannah Sassaman, and Megan Stevenson.

Opening Up the Climate Policy Envelope

Fudged assumptions about the future are hampering efforts to deal with climate change in the present. It’s time to get real.

Table of Contents for the Summer 2018 issue

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* Note: An incorrect version of Figure 1 in Jeffrey Funk’s Feature essay was erroneously published in the print edition of Issues. The correct figure is included in the online version and available here.