The New Center produces innovative, center-leaning ideas and analyses for topics ranging from health care and governance to economy and defense. We strive to find balanced solutions to America's toughest issues and bring nonpartisanship back to policy.
K-12 Education: The Consequences of Ignoring Civics and Life Skills
March 24, 2021
This policy paper examines three subject areas in which U.S. schools are failing their students, and discusses ways to ensure that students graduate with the tools they need to fully participate in our democracy and succeed in the real world.
Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Africa
March 18, 2021
Joe Biden outlined his vision for U.S.-Africa relations stating that the “United States stands ready now to be your partner in solidarity, support and mutual respect,” and specifically mentioned trade, democracy, human rights, public health, and climate change as opportunities for cooperation with the region. President Biden has promised to take a more diplomatically engaged approach with Africa than President Trump, but what challenges can he expect early in his administration?
How Can Washington Take On Big Tech? The Digital Commerce Agency
February 25, 2021
In this paper, the New Center explores the problems posed by social media and platform companies and explains how Washington could solve them by reaching into the past. Just as Congress once created the Federal Communications Commission to oversee the rapidly growing radio and TV industries, it is time to create a new Digital Commerce Agency that could protect consumers, competition, and democracy.
K-12 Education: What Happened to the Bipartisan Consensus on Charter Schools?
February 18, 2021
A decade ago, there was an emerging bipartisan consensus on education reform in general and the benefits of charter schools in particular. That consensus has completely fallen apart at the worst possible time. This policy paper discusses how the consensus on charters fell apart and why it needs to be rebuilt.
Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Middle East
February 10, 2021
President Biden enters office with a Middle East that looks substantially different from when he departed as Vice President in 2016. The Biden administration has already made two significant departures from the Trump administration by signing an executive order to end the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and ending support of the war in Yemen. How will Biden choose to confront other foreign policy challenges early on in his administration?
K-12 Education: Can More Funding for Low-Quality Schools Move the Needle?
February 1, 2021
Most American schools are actually doing well and effectively preparing students for college and beyond. But a minority of our schools are catastrophically bad, dragging down America’s overall test scores—but, most importantly, consigning millions of kids to diminished futures. There is no silver bullet that will completely fix this inequity, but this New Center policy paper highlights a few solutions that could finally start to improve chronically underperforming schools.
Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Europe and Eurasia
January 26, 2021
The Biden administration announced that it “will do more than restore our historic partnerships; it will lead the effort to reimagine them for the future.” But changing dynamics in Europe might make this vision more difficult. Here are the most critical emerging challenges in Europe and Eurasia the Biden administration will likely need to address.
Bring Labor Laws into the 21st Century
January 5, 2021
Nontraditional workers are less financially secure, have less health insurance, and are less prepared to retire compared to their traditionally-employed counterparts. But many of the solutions that policymakers in Washington have proposed either don’t solve these problems or would eliminate the flexibility and independence that many gig workers enjoy.
Can the New Congress Find Common Ground on Gun Safety?
December 2, 2020
If a group of Democratic and Republican members were interested in passing legislation in the 2021-2022 Congress that could meaningfully enhance gun safety in America, they should look to ideas that would actually reduce gun violence and could realistically become law.
Beyond Social Security & Toward Real Retirement Security
October 27, 2020
Here’s the not-so-secret problem that will face the next president: Even if Social Security’s finances are shored up, the program still will not be equipped to meet anything close to the retirement needs of the 10,000 elderly Americans who will be retiring in the coming years. The scale of America’s gathering retirement challenge demands some creative thinking—and fast—on how to create a new framework for retirement security in the 21st century.