United States of America

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America's 5G era: balancing big data and privacy

Concurrently with the adoption of 5G technology, the number of automated sensors and devices connected to wireless networks will continue to grow in the next few years. Increasingly, these networks will inform artificial intelligence algorithms, which will then autonomously make decisions and take actions—with human...
Working paper

Inflation in the time of corona and war

The author of this paper argues that recent inflationary pressures have mostly supply-side origins, caused by the COVID-19 crisis, which have been enabled by poor macroeconomic policy choices.
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Amazon: the world’s largest company is subsidised by you

Amazon is widely known globally for its online retail sales and delivery, but Amazon’s profits are primarily driven by cloud computing and rely heavily on contracts with governments. This report reveals the growth and scale of Amazon’s government contracts and calls for action by governments...
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Making energy resilient: state strategies, progress, and opportunities

Amidst energy transitions and the rising impacts of climate change, resilience is a growing part of state energy strategies. This report examines how resilience is addressed in planning and policy resources from a selection of representative states.
Briefing paper

Taiwan and the dangerous illogic of deterrence by denial

The author of this paper argues that although there are many compelling reasons to prefer that Taiwan remain democratic and retain its affinity with the West, these outcomes are not so vital as to merit a strategy for which the immediate consequence of failure is...
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Optimizing analytics for policymaking and governance

This review draws on a survey of professionals working in and with federal agencies to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how the government uses analytics, the outcomes of these efforts, and the challenges agencies face in their work to further develop analytical capabilities.
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Many hands in the cookie jar

This study, conducted from March to November 2021, examines prior examples of state-sponsored cyber espionage to see what forms of response the U.S. government considered, what actions it took, and whether those actions changed adversary behaviour or affected other actors’ behaviour.
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The firm and the FDA: McKinsey and Company’s conflicts of interest at the heart of the opioid epidemic

The Committee’s investigation has uncovered significant, years-long conflicts of interest at McKinsey, resulting from its work for the federal government at the same time it was advising opioid manufacturers, including providing advice on how to influence the regulatory decisions of the U.S. Food and Drug...
Working paper

A 50-state review of regulatory procedures

The role of state regulatory agencies is to execute and enforce the statutes passed by state legislatures. Agencies do this by writing and implementing administrative rules that elaborate on unspecified details of requirements found in law. These rules themselves have the force and effect of...
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Profits and the pandemic: as shareholder wealth soared, workers were left behind

This report examines the pay practices and financial outcomes at some of America's best-known companies in sectors spanning retail, delivery, fast food, hotels and entertainment. Together, the 22 companies employ more than 7 million frontline workers.
Briefing paper

Navigating emerging technology and evolving threats in the U.S.-Australia alliance

This briefing paper argues that the U.S.-Australia alliance has an important role to play in contributing to both strategic stability and deterrence in the Indo-Pacific, but realising this goal will require risk acceptance as part of future policy and strategy.
Briefing paper

Influencing states' policy and practice on the protection of civilians

This briefing note explores the current practice of international humanitarian organisations in seeking to influence states on their policy and practice regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict. It considers what factors are inhibiting and enabling these organisations’ influence on states, and sets out...
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Aligning the research library to organizational strategy

The Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries commissioned Ithaka S+R to consult with university leaders in Canada and the United States to identify their strategic priorities, to gauge their expectations of research libraries in achieving them, and to determine what...
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Migration and the future of care: supporting older people and care workers

This report analyses the intersection between the older persons’ care sector and migration. The report concludes with recommendations to policy-makers in high-income, rapidly ageing countries that are struggling with these issues.
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The digital Silk Road and China’s influence on standard setting

This paper finds that, for the most part, Chinese companies’ leading position in technologies and market share has not translated into more influence at main standard-setting organisations, although it is an important complement to China’s efforts in this regard.
Journal article

Disability justice and urban planning

This article is made up of a unique collection of short responses and reflections from an open call. The voices here go beyond discussing accessibility to recognise and delineate how deeply ableism is embedded in planning theory, research, education, and practice, and to engage with...
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COVID-19: housing market impacts and housing policy responses - an international review

Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.
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Agile government: the role of public affairs education

The most significant challenges facing public administration today include the isolation of public servants, the rigidity of the administrative and regulatory systems in which they operate, and the lack of opportunity to develop relevant and emerging competencies. This report is intended to initiate a dialog...
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State of the United States: Biden's agenda in the balance

A year after what many considered one of the darkest periods in American history sees the United States experiencing the worst inflation in 40 years, more deaths from COVID-19 occurring during the Biden Administration than the Trump Administration, and its closest allies experiencing 'American-style' protests...
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The NZ-US trade relationship

This report provides an independent overview of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between New Zealand and the United States.