Iran Nuclear Negotiations Crash Course

National Security / Research November 20, 2014

Next Monday, the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries on curbing Iran’s nuclear program expires. BPC has compiled an overview of 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 against Iran 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 2008 financial crisis threw into sharp relief the issue of “too-big-to-fail” (TBTF)—the challenge posed by financial institutions that were bailed out on concerns that their failure would cause damage to the rest of the financial system and 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. With our adversaries’ cyber-capabilities growing stronger each day, the time to act is now.

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

Economy / Research October 7, 2014

Many Americans are anxious about their retirement prospects. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that not having enough money for retirement is the number one financial worry among Americans. For some, this concern is justified, as they face the daunting prospect of running short of money in their later years.

2014 Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

Peter Bergen / Research September 23, 2014

Thirteen years after 9/11, al-Qaeda has not successfully conducted another attack inside the United States, nor has it conducted any attacks in the West since the bombings on London’s transportation system in 2005. Although individuals inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since September 2001, a mass-casualty terrorist attack in the United States on the scale of 9/11 is quite unlikely.

Natural Gas Infrastructure and Methane Emissions

Energy / Research September 18, 2014

Significantly increased production of natural gas in the United States has dramatically changed the country’s energy landscape—both lowering domestic natural gas prices and providing substantial economic benefits. At the same time, debate has surrounded the environmental impacts of natural gas as compared with other fossil fuels.

Building Better Health: Innovative Strategies from America’s Business Leaders – A Report from the CEO Council on Health and Innovation

Health / Research September 16, 2014

The United States spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world, and yet its citizens are not the world’s healthiest. The vast majority of U.S. health care spending—an estimated 84 percent—is associated with chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Immigration and Housing: Supply, Demand, and Characteristics

Immigration / Research September 15, 2014

Immigrants play a significant role on both the supply and demand sides of the housing sector, which is a major component of the U.S. economy. On the demand side, immigrants are an increasingly important source of new household formation in the United States, thereby increasing the demand for new housing units.

Responding to Systemic Risk: Restoring the Balance

The recent financial crisis made clear that insufficient attention was paid to sources of systemic risk that can threaten the stability of the financial system and, with it, the real economy. Moreover, the crisis showed that it is critical for government officials to have and be able to use the tools necessary to prevent and mitigate systemic threats.