In the three years since popular uprisings swept across the Middle East, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood has become a deep point of contention among regional states. Key countries in the Middle East and North Africa are sharply divided over the status of the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam. During this time, U.S. policy has been hesitant as the United States has sought to define its position in reaction to both the uprisings themselves and the new era of competition among regional states they produced. This hesitancy has produced muted responses, strategically bereft of clear statements on U.S. interests and values. The uneven U.S. responses to the Arab uprisings and the regional competition that has been sparked offers several important lessons learned for U.S. policy in the future.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists traveled to Mississippi to register voters of color and unleash democracy across the state and the region. Fifty years later, the stretch of heavily black southern states that make up the so-called “Black Belt” are still defined by racial polarization. Despite the progress of the past five decades, black voters are often locked out of statewide politics.
Whether it is about education standards, testing, or school interventions, the current public conversation wrestles with fundamental questions about the role of the federal government in schools. Some argue that any federal involvement, particularly related to what students should learn, takes away local communities’ control over their children’s education. Others, such as the Center for American Progress, argue that without some federal intervention and financial resources, local communities will not be able to close achievement gaps and ensure equal opportunity for all students. Wherever one falls, this conversation has substantial implications for the lives of children in U.S. schools. States can certainly do much more within the current policy environment to improve outcomes for students, but what role should federal policy play in how states manage their schools?
In the coming years, two demographic shifts will shape our country’s course in public policy: exponential growth in communities of color and the aging of the Baby Boom generation. While considerable attention has been placed on the "emerging majority" of communities of color, America’s aging population—or the "silver tsunami"—will have important implications for public policy as well. Where do the interests of these groups come together? Where do they diverge? Most importantly, how can progressives harness the power of both to win a policy agenda that improves the lives of everyone?
Please join the Center for American Progress and the Small Business Administration for keynote remarks from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who will outline her vision for ensuring small business owners have the resources and capital they need to succeed. Her remarks will focus on access to capital for traditionally underserved communities, providing pathways to the middle class through entrepreneurship for all people, and opening markets through exporting and supply chains. A panel discussion focusing on improving opportunities for women- and minority-owned small businesses will follow her remarks.
The progressive faith community has long provided moral leadership in the struggle for racial equity and is essential to the success of My Brother’s Keeper, an effort that President Barack Obama launched in February to address the persistent racial inequities in educational opportunity, employment, and incarceration among African American and Latino youth and men.
In his most recent book, Genesis
, John Judis argues that while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed efforts to resolve this enduring strife. The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. A provocative narrative history animated by a strong analytical and moral perspective and peopled by colorful and outsized personalities, Genesis
offers a fresh look at these critical postwar years, arguing that if we can understand how this stalemate originated, we will be better positioned to help end it.
Five years ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, or CARD Act, of 2009. This law established new consumer protections for credit cards and gift cards and limited credit card marketing on college campuses. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about the CARD Act’s accomplishments and steps that policymakers should take to address regulatory gaps that consumers face in the financial system today.
This event will examine role of for-profit colleges in our higher-education system and discuss public policies aimed at promoting quality.
A child’s zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in impacts her educational, health, and economic outcomes. From urban centers to rural and tribal communities, areas of concentrated poverty face inferior housing, failing schools, crime, and few employment opportunities. Earlier this year, […]
Schools across the country are significantly lengthening the school day to address the achievement and opportunity gaps. These schools, also known as expanded learning time schools, reimagine the school day to include more time for student academics, enrichment, and teacher collaboration, professional development, and planning. High-quality expanded learning time schools are thoughtful about their approach to lengthening the school day. These schools avoid the mistake of shaving off a few minutes at random and view a longer day as a way to turnaround low-performing schools. And in many instances, these schools also enlist the support of strong community partners, a critical part of many high-quality expanded learning time schools.
The Center for American Progress is releasing a new report entitled “Climate Change, Migration, and Nontraditional Security Threats in China,” which outlines the complex environmental, economic, and demographic challenges facing China as it pursues sustainable economic development and increased regional responsibilities.
This nation is undergoing rapid demographic changes with increasing racial and ethnic diversity sweeping across the land. As the impacts of these transformational changes are recognized, policymakers are confronted with opportunities and challenges in crafting public policies that benefit all Americans. The Center for American Progress’s Leadership Institute seeks to shape the development and implementation of progressive public policies by increasing the ranks of policy experts drawn from communities of color.
The First Amendment right to free speech sits at the core of American democracy. It guarantees that all Americans can speak openly about their government free from the concern that their voices will be silenced and confident that even the most unpopular views will not be suppressed.
However, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the First Amendment has become something else entirely: a shield for billionaires seeking to place their favorite candidates in office; a weapon against laws protecting the privacy of consumers; and a potential tool to undermine workers' right to organize and collectively bargain. The amendment ratified to give every American a voice in our society has instead been wielded to magnify the power of the most fortunate.
The recent end of the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act saw over 8 million Americans sign up for private coverage through the state and federal marketplaces. Though the federal marketplace on Healthcare.gov was initially dysfunctional, a rescue effort succeeded in repairing the website and enabling millions of people to enroll. In the states, the rollout of the marketplaces varied widely. While some state exchanges continue to struggle with technical difficulties, others proved enormously successful from day one.