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Intersections - where two experts discuss the angles on policy issues.


Financing Africa’s economic growth
Apr 17 • 42 min
In this episode, Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly, senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings, and Lemma Senbet, William E. Mayer chair professor of finance at the University of Maryland, explain why national debts in…
The roots of America’s divided politics
Apr 3 • 39 min
In this episode, Brookings Vice President Darrell West and Senior Fellow Camille Busette discuss themes from West’s new book, “Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump era,” including the economic, geographic, racial, and…
Russia’s challenge to the West
Mar 20 • 36 min
In this episode, Angela Stent and Keir Giles, authors of “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest” and “Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West” examine the history of Russia’s national identity and how the…
Preventing violent extremism in fragile states
Mar 6 • 41 min
The Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States recently released its recommendations, calling for a new strategy to prevent violent extremism from developing in fragile states. Brookings Senior Fellow George Ingram and President of the U.S….
Realizing the value of black neighborhoods
Feb 28 • 33 min
In this episode, David M. Rubenstein Fellows Andre Perry and Jenny Schuetz examine past policies and current attitudes that have devalued homes and business in majority-black neighborhoods and the opportunities to be gained by building on the…
Advancing women’s leadership around the world
Dec 26, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, founder of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and distinguished fellow with the Center for Universal Education (CUE), and CUE Fellow Christina Kwauk discuss…
Priorities for climate change action after COP 24
Dec 12, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode, Todd Stern, senior fellow and former special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, and David Victor, co-chair of the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, discuss the key issues at stake at the COP 24…
Recommendations for US policy toward Gaza
Nov 28, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Brookings and CNAS experts lay out the recommendations of high-level task force for U.S. policy toward Gaza to help end the long-running humanitarian crisis and long-term political problems plaguing the Gaza Strip.
The promise of community colleges as pathways to high-quality jobs
Nov 14, 2018 • 44 min
Brookings Fellows Martha Ross and Elizabeth Mann Levesque discuss the important role that community colleges play in putting young adults on a pathway to higher-quality jobs and other strategies for improving economic outcomes for youth from…
What’s next for Israel and the Palestinians 25 years after Oslo?
Oct 24, 2018 • 62 min
In a conversation with Natan Sachs, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Salam Fayyad and former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman reflect on their days working together in Israel and Palestine in the 1990s…
Why racial inequality and regional economic inequality can’t be separated
Oct 10, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, Bradley Hardy from Brookings and Patrick Wherry from Princeton explain how some economic policies have disproportionate impacts on black communities, and how that has to be understood to design better policies to combat regional economic…
How India and China are reshaping their neighborhood
Sep 26, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, Brookings experts Dhruva Jaishankar and Rush Doshi discuss the balance of power across the Indo-Pacific as China’s influence grows and India seeks to increase economic connectivity and strengthen security relationships.
Americans stuck on the sidelines
Sep 12, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, Isabel Sawhill, Brookings senior fellow and author of “The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation,” and Andrew Yarrow, senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and author of “Man Out: Men on The…
Is anyone winning the US-China trade war?
Aug 29, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode, Brookings experts David Dollar and Joseph Parilla examine what effect the trade war has had on the U.S. and Chinese economies–and workers–so far.
How Africa’s historic free trade agreement will change the continent
Aug 15, 2018 • 32 min
Brookings experts Witney Schneidman and Landry Signé discuss how Africa’s Continental Free Trade Agreement will transform trade across the continent, accelerate industrialization and economic development, and what it means for future commercial relations…
Trump and the crumbling of the US-led world order
Aug 1, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Robert Kagan, author of the forthcoming “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World,” and Thomas Wright, author of “All Measure Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power,” discuss with…
What the Supreme Court’s Janus decision means for unions and workers
Jul 18, 2018 • 32 min
Brookings experts explain what the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling means for public sector unions’ ability to collect “fair share” or agency fees, and the future of labor’s political and economic power.
How to make infrastructure work for people
Jun 27, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, Brookings Fellow Adie Tomer, CityLab’s Tanvi Misra, and Route Fifty’s Mitch Herckis revisit the themes of Infrastructure Week with an examination of historical patterns of urban and suburban planning that separated communities and…
The politics of reconstruction in Syria
Jun 6, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode, Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, and Steven Heydemann, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 Chair of Middle East Studies at Smith College, break down…
How should schools measure student success?
May 23, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, Lauren Bauer, post-doctoral fellow in Economic Studies and the Hamilton Project at Brookings, and Anne Wicks, director of education reform at the George W. Bush Institute, explain how states are developing new measures of school…
What the U.S. withdrawal means for the future of the Iran deal
May 9, 2018 • 39 min
On May 8, President Trump announced that the United States will reimpose sanctions on Iran, withdrawing the country from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In this episode of Intersections, Suzanne Maloney, senior fellow and deputy…
Transforming public spaces with learning landscapes
Apr 25, 2018 • 39 min
When children as young as two and three years old are already facing significant gaps in their exposure to words, numbers, and spatial understanding, urban planners and child psychologists are developing ways to transform community spaces - from bus…
China, the U.S., and Africa’s transforming trade environment
Apr 11, 2018 • 38 min
Witney Schneidman and Yun Sun examine the shape of U.S. and Chinese trade and investment in Africa, Africa’s growing regional economic power, and how both China and the U.S. weigh in on political as well as economic development in African…
The U.S., China, and India balancing act in the Indo-Pacific
Mar 28, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode, Tanvi Madan, fellow and director of the India Project, guest-hosted a conversation between Distinguished Fellow Shivshankar Menon and Nonresident Fellow Joshua White on how China’s deepening economic investments across South and…
Raising wages and strengthening economic progress for American workers
Mar 14, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Jay Shambaugh and Jared Bernstein discuss the decades-long trend of real wage stagnation and policy solutions for increasing productivity, strengthening wage growth, and ensuring that national economic growth is reflected in the…
The women working to improve girls’ education
Mar 8, 2018 • 33 min
For International Women’s Day, we’re showcasing the work of the Echidna Global Scholars – leaders from NGOs and academia who work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. In this episode,…
The changing identity of America’s middle class
Feb 28, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode, Camille Busette, senior fellow and director of the Race, Prosperity and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings, and Richard Reeves, senior fellow and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at Brookings, discuss the changing…
America’s “lost Einsteins”: The importance of exposing children to innovation
Jan 31, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, Stanford Professor Raj Chetty explains his new research that examines who becomes an inventor in America and who gets left behind, and discusses with Brookings expert Richard Reeves how innovation isn’t a zero-sum game, and how…
Avoiding nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula
Jan 17, 2018 • 31 min
Bruce Jones, Jung Pak, and Ryan Hass discuss Kim Jong-un’s strategic goals and the dynamics of the U.S., China, and South Korea in trying to denuclearize North Korea. Full show notes available…
An Israeli Knesset member’s perspective on activism and politics
Dec 27, 2017 • 21 min
For the last Intersections episode of the year, we’re releasing a short conversation with Stav Shaffir, the youngest female member of Israel’s Knesset, and Brookings Senior Fellow Tamara Wittes, held between sessions at the 2017 Saban Forum. Full show…
Russia, Iran, and the Future of Syria
Dec 6, 2017 • 25 min
Itamar Rabinovich and Amos Harel discuss the state of the civil war in Syria, Iran’s growing presence and what that means for Israel, and the changing relationship between the Assad regime and Russia. Full show notes available…
Africa’s expanding middle class
Nov 22, 2017 • 45 min
In this episode of Intersections, Haroon Bhorat, nonresident senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative, and Homi Kharas, interim vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development Program, discuss how the global trend of a rising…
Promoting inclusive economic growth in Washington, D.C.
Oct 18, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode of Intersections, Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, and Jason Miller, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership, discuss the economic…
Madeleine Albright and Mehdi Jomaa on democracy and security
Oct 4, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode of Intersections, Brookings Senior Fellow Ted Piccone talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa about the importance of liberal democracy in strengthening international…
Who’s getting left behind in broadband internet access?
Sep 20, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode, Brookings experts Adie Tomer and Elizabeth Kneebone discuss the findings from their new report, “Signs of Digital Distress: Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods,” which examines the…
Measuring financial inclusion around the world
Sep 6, 2017 • 35 min
Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies, and Camille Busette, senior fellow and director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative, discussed the findings of the latest Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project…
America’s prisoners of war: Changing U.S. norms on torture
Aug 23, 2017 • 48 min
“Men who take up arms against one another in public war do not cease on this account to be moral beings, responsible to one another and to God.” - Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, Francis Lieber,…
Summer vacation - Fall preview
Aug 7, 2017 • 0 min
While Intersections is on summer vacation, don’t forget to tune into 5 on 45 and the Brookings Cafeteria, or catch up on some older episodes you might have missed. Thanks as always to Gaston Reboredo and Vanessa Sauter. Intersections will…
Renewable energy and the path to a low-carbon energy future
Jul 26, 2017 • 29 min
David Victor, co-chair of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at Brookings and professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego, and Christopher Clack, CEO of Vibrant Clean Energy, discuss the…
Why taxes in Kansas matter
Jul 12, 2017 • 36 min
William Gale and Vanessa Williamson discuss what can be learned from state-level experiments in taxation in Kansas and California, Americans’ feelings about paying their taxes, and the empirical evidence versus ideology on how tax…
Professionalism in politics: The paradox of populism
Jun 28, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode of Intersections, Benjamin Wittes and Jonathan Rauch, senior fellows in Governance Studies, address the importance of political institutions in relation to direct democratic participation and discuss their new report, “More…
The 1967 War, the rise of Saudi Arabia, and modern energy politics
Jun 7, 2017 • 35 min
During the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Brookings experts Bruce Riedel and Samantha Gross detail the consequences of that struggle for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and the lasting…
Cash assistance for child poverty
May 24, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode of Intersections, guest interviewer Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families, discusses changes in the social safety net and the role of cash assistance in meeting the needs of families with children…
Macron’s election and the European project
May 10, 2017 • 47 min
Visiting Fellow Philippe Le Corre and Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Constanze Stelzenmüller with the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings discuss Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election, upcoming elections in the UK and…
Carbon pricing: Harnessing market efficiency in pursuit of clean energy
Apr 26, 2017 • 39 min
Adele Morris, senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics, and David Victor, co-chair of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative, discuss how putting a price on carbon emissions is one of the most effective measures by…
Teaching for the 21st century: Broader skills for global citizens
Apr 12, 2017 • 38 min
Guest interviewer Esther Care, senior fellow in the Center for Universal Education, discusses with Ramya Vivekanandan, program specialist at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, and Sean Slade, director of outreach at the Association…
U.S.-Mexico relations: Beyond “America first” rhetoric
Mar 29, 2017 • 45 min
Dany Bahar, fellow in Global Economy and Development, and Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, discuss how U.S.-Mexico relations have been affected by the Trump administration, misconceptions…
Scaling to sustainability: Meeting the challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals
Mar 13, 2017 • 43 min
Jenny Perlman Robinson, fellow with the Center for Universal Education, and John McArthur, senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, address progress toward meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and explain how…
Charter schools and federal power: What’s next for education policy?
Mar 1, 2017 • 40 min
Elizabeth Mann and Jon Valant, both fellows in the Brown Center on Education Policy, lay out the status of federal versus state powers in education, explain how charter schools work and how they perform, and provide insight as to…
Net neutrality, the FCC, and the digital divide
Feb 14, 2017 • 45 min
Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation, and Evan Swarztrauber, the communications director at TechFreedom, explain the role of the FCC and Congress in protecting consumers and incentivizing…
Introducing “5 on 45”: A new podcast from the Brookings Podcast Network
Feb 9, 2017 • 0 min
Want a daily bite of analysis from Brookings experts on what’s happening with the Trump administration? Subscribe to 5 on 45 through your favorite podcast app for a quick hit of commentary on the day’s news. And don’t forget to follow…
Africa in 2017: Innovation, employment, and governance
Feb 1, 2017 • 42 min
Amadou Sy, senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative, and Witney Schneidman, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and senior international advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, examine the top priorities for Africa in…
Examining President Obama’s legacy
Jan 18, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode of Intersections, Molly Reynolds, a fellow with Governance Studies, and Thomas Wright, a fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, talk about President Obama’s successes and failures in public policy,…
Energy and climate policy under the Trump administration
Jan 4, 2017 • 40 min
Brookings experts Bruce Jones and David Victor forecast the future of U.S. energy and climate policies under the Trump administration, the role of state-level actors and energy markets, and what happens if the U.S. walks away from the Paris agreement….
U.S. politics and the Middle East: Polarization and regional stability
Dec 20, 2016 • 34 min
Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat chair for peace and development at the University of Maryland and nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, discusses with Sarah Yerkes the increasing polarization of American views toward Israel and Palestine and…
Cuba’s economic future
Dec 14, 2016 • 35 min
Richard Feinberg, nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Latin America Initiative, and Ted Piccone, senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative, discuss the passing of Fidel Castro, U.S.-Cuba relations under a Trump presidency, and how tourism…
Priorities for the Trump administration: Mayors speak on trade, immigration, and economic opportunity
Nov 30, 2016 • 50 min
Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, talks with the former mayors of Philadelphia and Mesa, Arizona, Michael Nutter and Scott Smith, now both nonresident senior fellows at Brookings, about what…
Urban governance in the 21st century: Innovating solutions
Nov 9, 2016 • 38 min
Kemal Derviş, vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development program, and Bruce Katz, inaugural Centennial Scholar, examine the multidisciplinary, adaptive approach cities take to tackling public policy challenges, and…
How should the next president counter violent extremism?
Nov 2, 2016 • 64 min
As part of the Brookings Election 2016 project, the Brookings Podcast Network brings you a special edition episode in which Indira Lakshmanan, Washington columnist for the Boston Globe and contributor to Politico, moderates a conversation with Robert…
Noncognitive skills in education: What we know and why they matter
Oct 26, 2016 • 38 min
Diane Schanzenbach, senior fellow in Economic Studies and director of The Hamilton Project, and Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, senior fellow with the Center on Children and Families, discuss the importance of soft skills and the best policies and…
Economic mobility and racial inequities: How the next president can revive the American dream
Oct 20, 2016 • 65 min
As part of the Brookings Election 2016 project, the Brookings Podcast Network brings you a special edition episode in which Indira Lakshmanan, Washington columnist for the Boston Globe and contributor to Politico, moderates a…
India on the international stage
Oct 12, 2016 • 42 min
Guest interviewer Tanvi Madan, fellow and director of the India Project in Foreign Policy, Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy, and Dhruva Jaishankar, fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings India, examine India’s…
Political gridlock and the U.S. economy
Sep 28, 2016 • 39 min
Alice Rivlin, senior fellow in Economic Studies and the Center for Health Policy, and William Galston, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discuss the importance of bipartisanship in the United States and how current party divisions are detrimental…
Hong Kong’s elections: Testing democratic reform in China
Sep 14, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode of “Intersections,” Richard Bush, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the John L. Thornton China Center and director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP), and Cheng Li, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and director of the…
Inclusive cities: Transportation and accessibility
Aug 31, 2016 • 39 min
Adie Tomer, fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, and Jeff Gutman, senior fellow in Global Economy and Development, discuss how to transform transportation policy with a focus on accessibility and how cities around the world are grappling…
Democracy in Turkey: Before and after the coup
Aug 3, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode of “Intersections,” Kemal Kirişci, TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project, and Ted Piccone, senior fellow in the Project on International Order and…
Venezuela in Crisis
Jul 20, 2016 • 44 min
In this episode of “Intersections,” Harold Trinkunas, senior fellow and director of the Latin America Initiative, and Dany Bahar, fellow in Global Economy and Development, discuss Venezuela’s political and economic crisis, and how it is the…
Civil wars and U.S. engagement the Middle East
Jul 6, 2016 • 50 min
“At the end of the day, we need to remember that Daesh is more a product of the civil wars than it is a cause of them. And the way that we’re behaving is we’re treating it as the cause. And the problem is that in places like Syria, in Iraq,…
College education and student debt: Evaluating the investment
Jun 22, 2016 • 34 min
“…A lot of the conversation around college education is that tuition is increasing very rapidly, debt is increasing very rapidly and what does that mean for everyone? If we take a bigger step back we want to reframe the discussion around higher…
Presence and voice: Women in foreign policy
Jun 8, 2016 • 34 min
“When I go to meetings today, I see more women, and I see many more younger women coming into the field. But what’s really struck me, as I’ve been thinking about this issue of women in foreign policy in the last couple years, is the…
Ending global poverty: Education and digital technology
May 25, 2016 • 31 min
“If we think about the progress of getting people out of extreme poverty, it is really impressive. But it is actually a much slower trend then what we have seen in the spread of digital technology. The speed with which mobile phone ownership has…
Keeping the U.S. Fiscal Ship afloat
May 11, 2016 • 24 min
“We set out to make this game because we think that the national debt is an important issue that budget experts talk about all the time but it is very hard for the general public to really understand, so we thought to do it in a way that is…
Examining multidimensional poverty
Apr 27, 2016 • 29 min
“People think poverty as a measure of income, but as a lived experience for what it means to be poor, it tends to involve a lot of other things as well. We have taken some other dimensions such as low education, lack of health insurance, being in an…
The rise of the right: Right-wing populism in the U.S. and Europe
Apr 13, 2016 • 46 min
“I locate the common roots of the rise of right-wing populism in globalization and technological change. You have a lot of people in Europe and the United States displaced, in the sense that they had decent standards of living and could count on…
Confronting the issues: The presidential election
Mar 30, 2016 • 38 min
“We have to tackle a lot of problems to get Americans the jobs and standard of living that they want to get,” Elaine Kamarck says. In this inaugural episode of our new podcast series, “Intersections,” join scholars Elaine…
Intersections: A new podcast from The Brookings Institution
Mar 25, 2016 • 0 min
Economic recovery. Elections. Terrorism. Global poverty. Trade. Policy issues are complex and multi-faceted. Want more than the 30-second sound bite? Tune in to Intersections, a new podcast from the Brookings Institution, where two experts delve into…