Recent Publications
Editor(s) Maureen Conway & Robert P. Giloth

With many Americans striving to build their skills to get jobs in a rapidly changing economy, the workforce development field has seen a significant increase in sector strategies, which focus on the specific skills that employers need and address the real-world challenges facing low-income workers. Maureen Conway and Robert P.

Editor(s) Joe Karaganis

In the wake of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) debate of 2012, Copy Culture in the US and Germany garnered wide international media coverage, becoming a common reference point in discussions about the role of Internet filtering.  The Google-funded comparative study of media consumption, acquisition, and copyright enforcement drew from over 3,000 German and American phone surveys in 2011 and revealed that half of the adults in the U.S. and Germany copy, share, and download music, movies, and TV shows and 70% of young adults do the same. 

Following an Assembly of over one hundred urban policy and economic development experts from throughout the state, The American Assembly and co-sponsors released Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York, which praised partnerships with major anchor institutions and advocated aligning local government and education efforts with Governor Cuomo’s decentralized Regional Economic Development Councils.

Rebuilding America's Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland, features chapters by thirteen national and international urban policy specialists and is a much needed addition to the land use and urban policy discussion.

Author(s) Global Congress on Intellectual Policy and the Public Interest

After convening over 180 international experts on the subject of public interest and intellectual property law and policy, the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest concluded that international intellectual property policy affects a broad range of interests within society, not just those of rights holders. Transparency is a vital dimension of intellectual property and it encourages broad public participation and markets alone are not sufficient to achieve a just allocation of information goods.

Recommendations included using market-driven development strategies to focus on stronger neighborhoods while more economically challenged areas are employed for interim uses that require lower public investment. Land banks and supportive partnerships among federal, state, and local governments also figure prominently.

Author(s) Joe Karaganis, Editor

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.

Three one-day meetings held at the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC in late 2009 and 2010 and co-sponsored with the Center for a New American Security addressed the topics of “Obama – One Year Later," "U.S. Global Policy: Challenges to Building a 21st Century Grand Strategy,” and “Technology, Finance, Innovation, and U.S. Global Policy.”  The three white papers from the three meetings were combined into one document.

Author(s) Angela Glover Blackwell

Even after the election of America's first black president, racial inequality continues to plague the nation. Barack Obama's election ushered in a new era of hope, but measurable racial change is still elusive: We still fail to graduate more than one-quarter of young black men from high school, and nearly a third of all African American, Latino, and Southeast Asian American children live in poverty. BY 2050, the United States is projected to be a nation with no single racial group as a majority.

Nearly two years after the onset of the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, governments around the world sought both better regu
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Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and founding Executive Director of The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University.  She served as Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House from 2009 to 2011, where she coordinated government efforts to aid innovative nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. An American Assembly Next Generation Fellow in 2009, Shah managed and implemented two of's global development initiatives and served on President Obama's Transition Board.