Recommendations for the New Administration

This collection of briefs addresses many of the domestic and foreign challenges that the new administration will face in the coming years. “It is our hope that these Baker Institute studies will prove to be useful starting points for the new administration to develop comprehensive, forward-looking solutions," said Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian.

The full compilation (below) is followed by links to the individual briefs and the Baker Institute fellows and scholars who authored them:


Recommendations for the New Administration
Full Compilation of Baker Institute Policy Briefs


Economy and Taxes

U.S. Fiscal Policy, by John W. Diamond and George Zodrow

The Next Engine of GDP Growth: The Market for Ideas, by Edward J. Egan

Prosperity through Growth: Unleashing the Power of U.S. Small Business, by Edward J. Egan

The Key Driver of Economic Growth in the 21st Century: High-Growth, High-Tech Entrepreneurship, by Edward J. Egan

Bargaining with China: Exchange Rate Policy, by Russell A. Green



U.S. Energy Policy: Guidance for the Next Administration, by Kenneth B. Medlock III

Five Major Challenges to the Beneficial Use of Non-fresh Water, Including Oil- and Gas-Produced Water, by Linda A. Capuano and Anna Mikulska

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship: Ripe for Improvement, by Jim Krane

U.S. Policy toward the Hydrocarbon Industry in Latin America, by Francisco J. Monaldi


Health Care and Drugs

Making Health Care Affordable Again, by Vivian Ho

High Cancer Drug Prices: The Harm to Americans and Proposed Solutions, by Hagop Kantarjian and Vivian Ho

Blue Marble Health and Vaccine Science Diplomacy, by Peter J. Hotez

Invest in Global Child Nutrition, by Farhan Majid

Drug Policy is Evolving. Prohibition Inhibits Progress, by William Martin and Katharine A. Neill

Improving the Future of America's Children, by Quianta Moore


Middle East and China

A Strategy toward Defeating ISIS, by Edward P. Djerejian

What the Next U.S. Administration Should Know When Considering an Approach to Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict, by Samih Al-Abid and Yair Hirschfeld

U.S. Military Action in the Middle East: The Next President Should Seek Congressional Approval, by Joe Barnes

U.S. Relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Taking Political Parties Seriously in the Arab World, by Marwa Shalaby

U.S. Engagement with Islamists, by A.Kadir Yildirim

Preparing for Future Chinese Leadership Changes: A Diplomatic Full-Court Press, by Steven W. Lewis 


North America

The North American Nexus, by Edward P. Djerejian

Whither NAFTA? by the Baker Institute

Immigration and the United States: A Path to Resolution, by Tony Payan


Science and Technology

The Vital Role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the New Administration, by Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Neal F. Lane and Kenneth M. Evans



Why NASA Should Change Its Present Course, by George W.S. Abbey