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.
The Path to A Bipartisan Infrastructure Solution
May 5, 2021
Infrastructure is a two-party problem that demands a two-party solution. But getting there will require creative thinking to determine which investments we should prioritize and how to pay for them. This paper from The New Center provides a bold and bipartisan plan for rebuilding and investing in America.
No, Really: America Needs a Space Force
April 14, 2021
Space has become increasingly critical to military operations since the 1960s, but in 2019, the Trump administration announced the creation of a Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Services with a grand new slogan—Semper Supra, meaning “Always Above.” Does America need a stand alone agency, or is this just political posturing?
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.
How Can Washington Take On Big Tech? The Digital Commerce Agency
February 25, 2021
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
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
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.
Why Buy American Usually Doesn’t Buy Us Much
January 14, 2021
Biden has laid out his “Build Back Better” economic agenda, which includes implementing new rules to encourage “Buy American” as well as mandates to create products that are “Made in the USA.” But do these policies actually deliver on their promises to spur the U.S. economy and job market?