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There is nothing equal about COVID-19. It is now well established that poor and underprivileged social groups have absorbed most of the pandemic’s negative impact. However, the connection between COVID-19 and inequality might run even deeper. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, one additional point of the Gini coefficient correlated with a 1.34 percentage point higher rate of weekly new infections across countries. This difference in infection rates compounds like interest every week.

CIC senior fellow James Traub wrote for Politico about previous attempts to reform the filibuster, and what it means for the proposal backed by President Biden.

"If we must have a filibuster, let it be a talking one. But let’s not stop there: We need to find new ways to limit debate, as Humphrey and his colleagues sought to do, so that our legislative bodies serve rather than obstruct the cause of justice."

Mar 21, 2021
James Traub
United States

In his latest column for Foreign Policy, CIC senior fellow James Traub writes about the legitimacy of American power and foreign policy, and how U.S. President Joe Biden will face the issue.

Feb 26, 2021
United States

CIC senior fellow James Traub writes about Robert Malley, President Biden's nominee as special envoy to Iran, in his latest column for Foreign Policy.

Feb 16, 2021
James Traub
Middle East, United States

For the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, CIC senior fellow Barnett Rubin wrote about Doha Agreement and what the May 2021 deadline for the US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan means for the Biden administration.

Jan 26, 2021
Afghanistan

In his latest column for Foreign Policy, CIC senior fellow James Traub wrote about the pro-Trump mob that invaded Capitol Hill on January 6.

Jan 11, 2021
James Traub
United States

This policy paper by Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow at CIC examines how the Afghan peace process provides the United States with an opportunity to pivot to a strategy that frees it from dependence on military bases in the landlocked backyard of Russia and China, and how that can provide it with an entry point to an expanded and more effective Asia policy focused on some of the most vital threats confronting humanity.

Jan 06, 2021
Barnett Rubin

CIC non-resident fellow Maha Jweied was quoted in the New York Times about the plans for the Justice Department under the Biden administration.

“Sitting within the primary law enforcement agency for the federal government allowed us to have discussions across the executive branch about the interests and legal needs of people without means,” said Ms. Jweied in an interview.

Dec 19, 2020
Maha Jweied
United States
2030 Agenda

This policy paper sets out how the former U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice leveraged international activity and mechanisms, including the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to advance its domestic priorities. The strategy resulted in noteable accomplishments and even protected a number of them after the office was closed in 2018. The brief recommends that the incoming Biden-Harris Administration reestablish the Office for Access to Justice, revitalize the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable charged with implementing Goal 16 for the United States, link U.S. domestic priorities to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and prioritize the United States’ role as a leader in the global movement for equal justice for all.

 

Dec 18, 2020
Maha Jweied
United States

Recent decades have seen rapid increases in the use of robots and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, driven particularly by improvements in machine learning. From games like chess and Go to speech recognition and image recognition, machines have come to outperform humans in an expanding range of activities. This development has motivated many attempts to gauge the impact on the future of work for humans.

Dec 18, 2020
Ian Goldin

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