While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California’s late-season wildfires, he and the state’s lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.
Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Indo-Pacific this week casts a spotlight on a region increasingly vital to global security and prosperity. State-based and private investors are investing vast amounts to build infrastructure and advance economic growth. For the emerging economies of the Indo-Pacific to realize their full potential, they must avoid economic traps.