Hong Kong: a Battlefield of Ideologies

Hong Kong’s prolonged protest exposed the ideological disparity between Hong Kong and its sovereign. Reconciling competing ideologies rather than repressing differences is difficult, but may make China’s rule over Hong Kong more legitimate and sustainable.

Interview: Criminal Justice and Ferguson

The shooting and death of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson have sparked racial tensions and a nationwide debate on police practices. Urban Institute’s Dr. Nancy LaVigne spoke to the Georgetown Public Policy Review about criminal justice reform in the aftermath of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Op-Ed: Effective Veterans Policy and Closing the Civilian-Military Gap

Despite the passage of a bipartisan reform bill and the confirmation of a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, correcting the course of our nation’s veterans policy has only just begun. Policymakers need to better understand the issues facing America’s veterans so that they can make wise decisions about how to spend limited government resources. Our veterans are positive contributors to local communities and society and we should recognize that an investment in them is an investment for our nation’s growth.

Nuclear Options: What Explains U.S.-China Cooperation on Thorium?

There has been a remarkable degree of cooperation between Washington and Beijing with respect to research on the radioactive chemical element thorium, a potentially important future source of safer nuclear energy. The U.S. appears to have given away the farm to China in terms of its previously world-leading thorium research as a part of a risky strategy to push the steep costs of further thorium development onto China in the belief that the U.S. can catch up when thorium’s commercial viability has been reached.

Are Democrats Poised for Resurgence in Georgia?

The elections in Georgia for governor and Senate are incredibly close, with Democrats putting up a strong showing in this conservative, Southern state. Regardless of what happens this Tuesday, Georgia’s changing demographics mean that the GOP’s stranglehold on the Peach State is eroding.