Monthly Archives: October 2015

Evaluating the Current Sanctions Against Russia

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives 2014 saw Russia’s reemergence in the global sphere of geopolitics when the EuroMaidan protests developed and grew, and when Russia seized the moment to wrest Crimea away from Ukraine. This action led to United States and European Union (EU) sanctions. Now that Russia has militarily intervened in […]

New Bill Makes DC Poised to Become National Leader in Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2015 — a bill introduced to the District of Columbia city council by councilwoman Mary Cheh — could produce some  of the most significant policy changes to street design and pedestrian safety in the city’s history. The recommendations that went […]

Can Body Cameras Decrease D.C.’s Growing Homicide Rate? Mayor Muriel Bowser Places Her Bet on the New Technology

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There have been 123 homicides in the District of Columbia as of October 16, 2015. Compared to 2014 crime data, the District homicide rate has increased by 44 percent. Previously known as the “murder capital,” D.C. has experienced decreasing homicide rates since the 1990s. The increased rate […]

Saving the World’s Poor: A Nobel Prize Winner on Development

Jerry Wei, MPP On October 12th, Angus Deaton, a Princeton economist, won the Nobel Prize in economics for his “analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.” The economist Tyler Cowen summarizes his research and ideas in a fantastic post here. While he advanced the economics discipline by developing the poverty measurement tools we continue to use […]

Municipal Broadband – A Tool to Ease Internet Access Inequality in DC

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives In January, the White House rolled out a new initiative to promote expanded broadband internet access nationwide. Among the proposals was a strong position in favor of allowing local communities to build their own municipal broadband networks. The Federal Communications Commission backed the President’s proposal in March […]

New Financial Aid Rule A ‘Big Win’ For Students

Ashlynn Profit, MPA, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives While the Obama administration’s adoption of “prior-prior-year” will simplify the federal financial aid application process for students, it could create more barriers if states and institutions don’t follow. As the federal government prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, many proposals for simplifying the headache-inducing process of […]

New Energy Bill Could Move USA Energy System into the 21st Century

Amy Gutierrez, MPP, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives It’s easy to focus solely on fossil fuel production when discussing energy policy. The current debates concerning hydraulic fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline lead many to believe the United States can only innovate by drilling for fossil fuels. The Senate American Energy Innovation Act (SAEIA) dispels […]