Pew Internet & American Life Project. July 27, 2012.
A majority of technology stakeholders polled in a Web-based survey anticipate that higher education in 2020 will be quite different from the way it is today. They said university-level education will adopt new methods of teaching and certification driven by opportunity, economic concerns and student and parent demands. In the Pew Internet/Elon University survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers, observers and users, 60% agreed with a statement that by 2020 “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” Some 39% agreed with an opposing statement that said, “in 2020 higher education will not be much different from the way it is today.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Higher_Ed.pdf [PDF format, 43 pages].
Migration Policy Institute. July 2012.
Though historically a country of immigrants, the United States has seen its demographic landscape altered in new and important ways as a result of the changing nature of immigration flows. In recent decades, immigration has come increasingly from Latin America and significant numbers of immigrants are unauthorized. The spread of immigration beyond traditional immigrant destinations to communities with little prior experience of migration has sparked anxiety among the American public. The report traces public sentiment and immigration policy developments of recent decades. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/TCM-UScasestudy.pdf [PDF format, 26 pages].
Center for Strategic and International Studies. July 18, 2012.
The Burke Chair has prepared a draft analysis of the situation in Iraq that covers both the internal pressures in Iraq and the impact of the competition between Iran and the U.S. and Gulf Cooperation Council states. This analysis highlights the fact that despite the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the struggle to secure Iraq moving forward is as crucial for U.S. policymakers as ever before. The Burke Chair report also underscores the fact that Iraq remains a far more important U.S. strategic interest than Afghanistan – a point emphasized in the new Department of Defense strategy introduced earlier this year. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran over Western sanctions, Iran’s nuclear program, and military activity in the Gulf, Syria, and further region increase, the task of creating an effective strategic relationship with Iraq becomes all the more significant. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://csis.org/files/publication/120718_Iraq_US_Withdrawal_Search_SecStab.pdf [PDF format, 177 pages].
Center for Strategic and International Studies. July 16, 2012.
The U.S. faces the growing risk of a major crisis in national security because of the problems raised by the Budget Control Act and the risk of sequestration. This risk, however, is only one risk the U.S. faces in trying to reshape its strategy and to deal with the end of the war in Iraq, Transition in Afghanistan, and the emerging challenges in the Middle East and Asia. Even if the risk of Sequestration did not exist, the U.S. would still have to deal with the problems created by the Department of Defense’s failures to bring its costs under control, formulate realistic plans and budgets, and to close the gap between its strategy and the need for realistic plans and budgets. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://csis.org/files/publication/120716_US_FY13_Budget_Sequestration.pdf [PDF format, 57 pages].