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Recommendations for the New Administration

As it has since 2008, the Baker Institute has released a series of policy recommendations for the new presidential administration. Focusing on issues from U.S. economic growth to climate change and immigration, the briefs are intended to provide decision-makers with effective ideas for navigating a complex domestic and foreign policy environment. 

    • Read: Key Middle East Policy Issues
      Key Middle East Policy Issues

      A.Kadir Yildirim, Kelsey Norman, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen and Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

      March 17, 2021

      This brief explores pressing issues the Biden administration should address in developing a strategy for the Middle East. It provides analysis and policy recommendations related to the GCC states, U.S.-Iran relations, Islamist groups, and refugees and migration. Further CME publications will address issues such as the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace and the crisis in Lebanon.

    • Read: International Cooperation & Space Exploration
      International Cooperation & Space Exploration

      George W.S. Abbey

      March 01, 2021

      The space station is an outstanding model for international cooperation by the world's nations. Similarly, cooperation can advance many other areas of science and technology through shared expertise and costs, and the pursuit of complementary efforts.

    • Read: Latin America, Green Materials and Free Trade Agreements
      Latin America, Green Materials and Free Trade Agreements

      Benigna Cortés Leiss

      February 24, 2021

      If the U.S. is to create a resilient energy supply chain and securitize its own needs for the energy transition, it should be more proactive in resource and supply chain development in Latin America. The author explains why.

    • Read: Recommendations for Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology and Carbon Nanotubes as the Energy Sector Transitions
      Recommendations for Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology and Carbon Nanotubes as the Energy Sector Transitions

      Rachel A. Meidl

      February 24, 2021

      Carbon nanotubes are critical components for future decarbonization strategies and a clean energy revolution. If the U.S. is to reestablish climate leadership, advanced nanotechnology solutions must be a national priority, argues the author.

    • Read: U.S. Policy and Venezuela’s Hydrocarbon Sector
      U.S. Policy and Venezuela’s Hydrocarbon Sector

      Francisco J. Monaldi and Jose La Rosa Reyes

      February 23, 2021

      Sanctions against Venezuela have reduced PDVSA and the Maduro regime's revenues, but they have failed to lead to a path toward democracy or avert Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian collapse. The authors offer policy options for the Biden administration's consideration.

    • Read: Grids and Renewables
      Grids and Renewables

      Kenneth B. Medlock III, Olivera Jankovska and Julie A. Cohn

      February 22, 2021

      In the transition to a renewable energy future, we must invest in a new transmission infrastructure – some crossing state borders – that connects intermittent power, traditional power and users, write Center for Energy Studies experts.

    • Read: Waste Management and the Energy Transition
      Waste Management and the Energy Transition

      Rachel A. Meidl

      February 19, 2021

      Integrating a life-cycle dimension into future policies to assess the social, environmental and economic implications of various products across their life cycle and throughout their value chain is critical to achieving sustainability and a circular economy, writes Rachel A. Meidl, fellow in energy and environment.

    • Read: The Road Back to the Moon
      The Road Back to the Moon

      George W.S. Abbey

      February 19, 2021

      This brief reviews the cost and development problems associated with NASA's plan to return to the moon by 2024 and argues that it is crucial for officials at NASA and the White House to review and adjust the current plans in order to ensure a successful lunar landing.

    • Read: Pandemics, the Economy, Nature & the Energy Sector
      Pandemics, the Economy, Nature & the Energy Sector

      Ted Temzelides

      February 18, 2021

      The author draws links between pandemics, the economy, nature and energy, showing that policies reducing the probability of future pandemics are a solid investment.

    • Read: NASA's Space Launch System
      NASA's Space Launch System

      George W.S. Abbey

      February 17, 2021

      Due to its high launch costs and the availability of other, more cost-effective commercial launch vehicles, the Biden administration should review the need for NASA's Space Launch System during the negotiation of the annual federal budget, writes George W.S. Abbey, senior fellow in space policy.

    • Read: The Future of Plastics Sustainability: Advanced Recycling
      The Future of Plastics Sustainability: Advanced Recycling

      Rachel A. Meidl

      February 15, 2021

      Energy fellow Rachel A. Meidl writes that it is imperative to consider and assess innovative recycling technologies that could have enormous economic value in transforming waste plastics into the building blocks for new, higher-value products.

    • Read: Gas Geoeconomics: A Strategy to Harden European Partners Against Russian Energy Coercion
      Gas Geoeconomics: A Strategy to Harden European Partners Against Russian Energy Coercion

      Gabriel Collins and Anna Mikulska

      February 12, 2021

      U.S. backing of key gas infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe can foster deeper market liberalization, the authors write, and make European partners more resilient against Russian energy coercion.

    • Read: Low-Carbon Fuels: How to Use U.S. Infrastructure and Exports to Deliver Cleaner Energy to the World
      Low-Carbon Fuels: How to Use U.S. Infrastructure and Exports to Deliver Cleaner Energy to the World

      Steven R. Miles

      February 10, 2021

      The world is demanding cleaner fuels. The U.S. is uniquely positioned to take the lead in providing them. Author Steven R. Miles explains.

    • Read: Drug Policy Priority Issues for the Biden Administration
      Drug Policy Priority Issues for the Biden Administration

      Katharine Neill Harris and William Martin

      February 05, 2021

      Effective drug policy requires acceptance that, for better or worse, licit and illicit drug use is part of our world. The authors recommend several steps the federal government can take to facilitate more pragmatic and effective drug policy at all levels of government.

    • Read: Redefining and Governing the Border as a Binational Commons
      Redefining and Governing the Border as a Binational Commons

      Tony Payan and Pamela Lizette Cruz

      February 04, 2021

      A well-managed U.S.-Mexico border is essential not only for millions of border residents in both countries, but for the U.S. economy and federal budget. This brief lays out recommendations to strengthen the institutional scaffolding that could allow for a safer and more prosperous North American continent.

    • Read: Resetting and Reengaging U.S.-China Soft Power Relations
      Resetting and Reengaging U.S.-China Soft Power Relations

      Steven W. Lewis

      February 03, 2021

      If the global economy is to recover after the pandemic, the United States must reestablish mutually beneficial economic relations with China. But the new administration should be careful to resist unrestrained Chinese "soft power" influence on our education, research and creative industries.

    • Read: Tax Incentives for Small Business Recovery
      Tax Incentives for Small Business Recovery

      Jennifer Rabb

      February 02, 2021

      Two federal income tax incentives for business investment are scheduled to end after 2021 and 2022, just as the small business sector will be recovering from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this policy brief, Jennifer Rabb and Lisa Lin of the McNair Center propose that Congress, under the leadership of the new Biden administration, should extend these tax incentives to bolster the recovery of small businesses.

    • Read: International Trade Challenges & Opportunities
      International Trade Challenges & Opportunities

      David A. Gantz

      February 02, 2021

      The new administration should immediately abandon the “America Alone” policies of the Trump administration and work with our allies to address China’s rampant IP theft and forced technology transfer, overproduction of steel and aluminum, and unlawful subsidies.

    • Read: U.S. Deficits, Debt and Dimensions of Analysis
      U.S. Deficits, Debt and Dimensions of Analysis

      Jorge Barro, Joyce Beebe and Richard W. Evans

      January 27, 2021

      As the Biden administration confronts a difficult economic environment, experts at the Center for Public Finance highlight key policy levers Congress might use to stabilize the U.S. fiscal situation and propose three main dimensions on which fiscal policy proposals should be evaluated to ensure transparency.

    • Read: Linking Immigration, Economic Opportunity, and the Rule of Law in Mexico and Central America
      Linking Immigration, Economic Opportunity, and the Rule of Law in Mexico and Central America

      Tony Payan

      January 27, 2021

      Immigration is not only a domestic issue for the United States, but a regional one. This brief lays out a policy framework to address the root causes of migration from Mexico and Central America and promote legal, orderly mobility.

    • Read: Protecting the Future of the Next Generation
      Protecting the Future of the Next Generation

      Quianta Moore

      January 26, 2021

      Decades of research demonstrate the critical importance of early childhood development, but the United States ranks last among wealthy countries in child health outcomes. This brief lays out a series of recommendations to improve the developmental potential of American children.

    • Read: Policies to Promote Economic Growth in the United States
      Policies to Promote Economic Growth in the United States

      John W. Diamond and George Zodrow

      January 22, 2021

      Continued robust economic growth in the U.S. will, among many other things, require policies that encourage rapid technological innovation and increases in productivity, promote investment while reducing debt, and maximize economic efficiency. The authors explain why in this brief.

    • Read: Minerals and Materials for Energy: We Need to Change Thinking
      Minerals and Materials for Energy: We Need to Change Thinking

      Michelle Michot Foss

      January 22, 2021

      As a nation, we need to immediately focus on the availability of advanced materials that can drive the performance of both legacy and alternative energy fuels and systems and ensure sustainable footprints. This brief lays out why it is vital to do so.

    • Read: Prioritize Engineered & Natural Solutions for Effective GHG Mitigation
      Prioritize Engineered & Natural Solutions for Effective GHG Mitigation

      Kenneth B. Medlock III and Keily Miller

      January 22, 2021

      Through both engineered and natural carbon sinks, the U.S. is well-positioned to embark on a comprehensive national strategy aimed at decarbonization. This brief outlines a range of climate solutions and policy recommendations to address the challenges of greenhouse gas mitigation.

    • Read: Climate Policy in 2021: An Opportunity for Bipartisan Action
      Climate Policy in 2021: An Opportunity for Bipartisan Action

      Jim Krane, Kenneth B. Medlock III, Mark Finley and Michael D. Maher

      January 20, 2021

      Experts from the Center for Energy Studies offer nine climate policy recommendations for the Biden administration and argue that a bipartisan legislative push could accelerate a move toward significant action on climate change.

    • Read: Time to Update America's Energy Security Programs
      Time to Update America's Energy Security Programs

      Kenneth B. Medlock III and Mark Finley

      January 14, 2021

      This brief assesses the strategic and economic challenges of energy security amid a transition to a lower-carbon energy future.