Turkish Baraj: The Parliamentary Threshold and the Constitutional Court

National Security / Research December 19, 2014
Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold—so far as is known, the highest ever applied anywhere in democratic elections—has been in place for eight consecutive parliamentary elections over three decades.

Housing More People More Effectively through a Dynamic Housing Policy

Housing / Research December 17, 2014
In a world of limited public funding, how can the United States substantially increase the number of households benefiting from stable, affordable housing?

Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard

Energy / Research December 16, 2014
Given the complexity of the RFS, the inventory was designed to address biofuels challenges at multiple scales, across many topical areas, through multiple mechanisms, and over varying periods of time.

President Erdogan: Prospects for a Strong Presidency

National Security / Research December 10, 2014
The presidency in Turkey has been historically regarded as a ceremonial—though prestigious—position, but President Erdoğan intends to change that.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Crash Course

National Security / Research November 20, 2014
BPC has compiled everything you need to know to get up to speed on the JPA, the criteria that should be used to evaluate a possible deal, the sanctions currently in place and the role of Congress going forward.

Terrorist Groups 101

National Security / Research November 10, 2014

Since 9/11, the al-Qaeda threat has become more diffuse. Today, al-Qaeda and its allied groups maintain a presence in some 16 different countries – compared with around half that number a decade ago. Additionally, there are a wide range of active terrorist groups with no clear organizational or operational links to the al-Qaeda core.

The Big Bank Theory: Breaking Down the Breakup Arguments

Financial Reform / Research October 28, 2014
The financial crisis threw into relief the issue of “too-big-to-fail”—the challenge posed by bailed out financial institutions on concerns that their failure would cause damage to the overall economy.

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Enacting Bipartisan Cybersecurity Legislation

Lee H. Hamilton, Thomas H. Kean / Research October 14, 2014
We write on behalf of all members of the 9/11 Commission to urge the Senate to enact bipartisan cybersecurity legislation before the end of the 113th Congress.

A Diversity of Risks: The Challenge of Retirement Preparedness in America

Economy / Research October 7, 2014
When evaluating the retirement security landscape, complexity is the one constant.

Retirement Security: A Diversity of Risks

Economy / Research October 7, 2014
Saving for and managing the risks surrounding retirement security can be a daunting task, as shown by these illustrative profiles.