Foreign Policy

Strengthening Global Nuclear Governance

Justin Alger, Trevor Findlay

Interest in nuclear energy by developing countries without nuclear experience could pose major challenges to the global rules now in place to ensure the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear power. Motivated in large part by climate change and the need for carbon-free energy sources, governments and companies around the world are pushing to […]

This article is in The Need for Geoengineering Research, Fall 2010

Fighting Innovation Mercantilism

Stephen Ezell

A growing number of countries have adopted beggar-thy-neighbor innovation policies in an effort to attract or grow high-wage industries and jobs, making the global economy less prosperous in the process. Despite the global economic downturn, indicators of global innovative activity have remained strong during the past two years. The total global output of scientific journal […]

This article is in Energy Update, Winter 2011

Internet Freedom and Human Rights

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Maintaining the practice of open communication and continuing the system of multi-stakeholder management of the Internet can help advance the principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the 63 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world has been implementing a global commitment around the rights and […]

This article is in Making Sense of the Adolescent Brain, Spring 2012

Perspective: U.S. Competitiveness: The Mexican Connection

Christopher Wilson

A “giant sucking sound” was the memorable description made by presidential candidate Ross Perot during the 1992 campaign of the impact that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would have, as businesses and jobs moved from the United States to Mexico. The reity is that economic cooperation with Mexico has been a boon for […]

This article is in Social Science and Environmental Policy, Summer 2012

Perspective: The 21st-Century Land Rush

Michael Kugelman

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently reported that nearly three dozen countries designated as “alarming” or “serious” on its Global Hunger Index scale are leasing vast swaths of farmland to international investors. IFPRI revealed that these foreign investors are cultivating crops and then immediately spiriting them out of these hunger-riven nations. Seven countries […]

This article is in Science in the Gilded Age and the Birth of NAS, Winter 2013

Asian Successes vs. Middle Eastern Failures: The Role of Technology Transfer in Economic Development

Howard Pack

The Role of Technology Transfer in Economic Development The differences between the two regions in their openness to trade, investment, and new ideas could not be more striking, nor could the economic consequences be more stark. In 1960, Korea, Taiwan, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt were in roughly the same economic position. Average per […]

This article is in Health Care Touchstones: Cost and Quality, Spring 2008

Trade Policy Is Science Policy

Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Much of the discussion about a possible trade agreement between the United States and Europe hinges on technological, health, safety, and environmental standards. By the time this article goes to press, the United States and Europe will be preparing for their second round of negotiations on a comprehensive free trade agreement, scheduled to commence on […]

This article is in Does Education Pay?, Fall 2013

Science, Technology, and Global Reengagement

Gerald Hane

In a world in which global concerns are becoming more prominent and the role of science and technology more critical, U.S. leaders must pay more attention to the interplay of these two domains. The new administration should move quickly to give science and technology (S&T) a prominent role in foreign policy. Historic shifts are under […]

This article is in Questions That Blur Political Party Lines, Fall 2008

The Politics behind China’s Quest for Nobel Prizes

Junbo Yu

JUNBO YU China is applying its strategy for winning Olympic gold to science policy. It may be surprised by the outcomes—but overall, the world will benefit. Skeptics about the capacity of China to join the ranks of the industrialized nations should be challenged by the recent rise of the Chinese high-tech business, including the high-speed […]

This article is in What Next?, Spring 2014

Perspective: A Vision for U.S.-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Security

Linton F. Brooks

The United States and Russia have reached a new stage in their relationship, and the time is right to consider how the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers can work together to enhance global security. Cold war polarization ended more than 15 years ago. During the 1990s, attention shifted to the threat posed by the […]

This article is in The Road to a New Energy System, Fall 2009

China‘s Future: Have Talent, Will Thrive

Denis Fred Simon, Cong Cao

Although the Chinese clearly consider the development of their human resources to be a key to economic development, the details of the path they will follow remain uncertain. When China’s leaders surveyed their development prospects at the onset of the 21st century, they reached an increasingly obvious conclusion: Their current economic development strategy, heavily dependent […]

This article is in The Road to a New Energy System, Fall 2009

Real Numbers: Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant


Asia’s rising “clean technology tigers”—China, Japan, and South Korea —are poised to out-compete the United States for dominance of clean energy markets due to their substantially larger government investments to support research and innovation, manufacturing capacity, and domestic markets, as well as critical related infrastructure. Government investment in each of these Asian nations will do […]

This article is in Better U.S. Health Care at Lower Cost, Winter 2010

Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health

Miriam Temin, Ruth Levine, Sandy Stonesifer

Focusing on the health and education of adolescent girls will lead to enormous benefits for developing countries and will accelerate the achievement of many international health and development goals. Much of the frustration that permeates efforts to improve the lives of people in the developing world springs from the fact that the commonly identified roots […]

This article is in Innovation Policy around the World, Spring 2010