U.S. influence inside Syria is currently limited. Thus, any assistance in the formation of a stable and decent post-Assad Syria will require the cooperation of other countries. Turkey—a U.S. ally with keen interests in Syria—can obviously be an important partner. Ankara’s interests, however, do not perfectly match Washington’s, posing the challenge for policymakers of finding the right tools to align more closely the two countries’ visions of Syria’s future.
The issue of cyber security is vast and requires analysis from a range of experts and perspectives. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Homeland Security Project compiled this list of reports on cyber security from policy analysis centers across the country, as well as resources from businesses and news sources. It is our intent to provide a helpful starting tool to cyber security researchers who seek a wide array of opinions and information. As our nation and indeed the world become increasingly connected online, we hope that American society will continue this healthy and necessary discussion of the challenges, dangers and opportunities that global connectivity creates.
In the article below, “How Tax Reform Came About,” Dr. Joseph J. Minarik provides historical context for the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
Due to a Supreme Court decision, states can only require stores that have a physical presence in that state to collect state sales taxes. Importantly, these taxes are already owed by consumers under existing state ‘use tax’ laws, but are not being collected by the e-retailer. With the growth in online purchasing, states annually lose $24 billion in revenues. S. 336 would allow states to require e-retailers, as they do brick and mortar retailers, to collect these taxes.
High and rising health care costs consume a large and rapidly growing portion of the federal budget, crowding out investments in other crucial priorities such as education, defense and infrastructure and putting pressure on other priorities of households, businesses and governments.
These reports were prepared by consultants of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Care Cost Containment Initiative. They were meant to inform the initiative’s work on prevention and cost containment.