BPC hosted a forum on the budgetary implications of the federal government’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative hosted a discussion of the role globally active banks play in the U.S. economy and in supporting U.S. exporters. Global banking organizations play an increasingly important role in encouraging trade and providing vital financial assistance to U.S. customers living and working abroad.
BPC's Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative released its recommendations for how government and industry can protect the North American electric grid from cyber attacks.
BPC's Democracy Project hosted a thought provoking discussion on foreign policy leadership in Congress. What is the balance between the executive and legislative branches in foreign policymaking? How can Congress conduct effective oversight of foreign policy? Are the committee structures and other congressional institutions adequate to shape foreign policy?
Hosted by BPC’s Economic Policy Program, the forum featured a panel discussion among prominent economists on the outlook for the U.S. economy and housing market in 2014.
BPC hosted a panel to explore the implications of reform for Pennsylvania and the nation. The event brought together a group of politically diverse individuals with unique, extensive understanding of issues surrounding immigration reform and its potential effects on local Pennsylvania communities.
The panel discussion examined the president's likely legislative agenda and policy direction for the country in the coming year. After a record low year of legislative activity, will a "do nothing" congressional reputation finally force a bipartisan break-through on the gridlock in Washington?
Developed countries such as the United States are aging rapidly, and many face population stagnation or decline. This “demographic transition” threatens future economic growth and has major implications on the international stage. Although the connection is often overlooked, these trends make the U.S. immigration system a powerful asset - immigrants sustain healthy population growth and make the overall U.S. population younger, giving the U.S. a demographic advantage over other developed countries.
Following mass protests last summer and a damaging corruption scandal in December, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s hold on power is much weaker than it would have appeared a year ago. In fact, a serious rift within the ruling Islamic conservative movement has developed over the past two years. While seeking to increase his personal power, Mr. Erdoğan has grown more authoritarian, alienating important elements of his coalition, including President Abdullah Gül and the influential movement led by U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen. This formerly subdued rift is now very public and increasingly ferocious. The growing conflict within the Islamic conservative base raises the question whether Mr. Erdoğan will be able to hold on to power very long. And if not, how would a post-Erdoğan Turkey look? What would it mean for U.S. interests?