The surge by the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) into Iraq threatens to dismember the country and create a Sunni Islamist state that could become a training ground for a new generation of terrorists.
Last week, the Health Project hosted a policy forum on delivery system reform, focusing on the transition from volume-based to value-based care. This was part of a series of conversations BPC will host in the coming months on improving quality and reducing costs in our health care system.
We are pleased to introduce our first Summit speaker, Professor Dowell Myers, Ph.D. a demographer and urban planner from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Don’t miss his luncheon keynote presentation on Monday, September 15.
BPC's Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative commends the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) for enhancing the quality of its minutes released yesterday, and encourages it to take further steps to increase transparency. BPC has previously called on FSOC to enhance the quality of its minutes and these actions are a significant first step toward meeting that goal.
In anticipation of BPC's 2014 Housing Summit, we are excited to launch a new blog series, intended to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes as we finalize programming. We will ask a speaker to answer questions about what he or she looks forward to sharing with you at the summit. We will post a new entry every other week – so check back often.
Who’s in Iraq? Why are there various names for the terror group in Iraq?
The terrorist group marching through Iraq and slowly taking control of large swaths of the country has been referred to by a variety of names by our government officials, the media and foreign policy experts. These include the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Recently, the House and Senate each passed bills to address the serious ongoing problems with the Veterans Health Administration under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Though the bills share several common reforms, a conference committee is expected to reconcile differences between the two and send a final package to President Obama’s desk.
Earlier this week, Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation that would shore up the Highway Trust Fund by increasing federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel by 6 cents per gallon over each of the next two years and indexing these taxes to inflation thereafter. According to the release, the proposal would raise $164 billion over the next decade, closing the trust fund’s shortfall during that time.
On June 17, BPC hosted a conversation on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the regional implications of Iraqi and Syrian instability.
On June 16, Turkey’s two main opposition parties, the social democratic Republican People’s Party and the rightist Nationalist Action Party, decided to nominate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as a joint candidate in the presidential elections scheduled for August 10.