Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Everything you want to know but are afraid to ask

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was hammered out in secrecy. Negotiations began in 2008 and updates have been reported over the past seven  years, but its profile was elevated this year as the negotiations neared a conclusion. The full text of the TPP was […]

Security Policy and Urban Policy: Uncomfortable Bedfellows

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Here’s a thought experiment: if the US capital were planned and built from scratch today, what would it look like? Would we still have the Paris-inspired streets of the L’Enfant Plan, or the dense neoclassical government buildings of Federal Triangle? Since the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing of […]

Zero-Tolerance for Black Girls

Ashlynn Profit, MPA, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives The video of a school police officer brutally assaulting a black girl drew the world’s attention to the harsh reality of zero-tolerance school discipline. Presumably most students are not subjected to this type of abuse, but the incident should call our attention to how our students, particularly black […]

Fighting ISIS: Lessons from Counterinsurgency Strategies

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives After the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, politicians and pundits began to question if the United States’s counterterrorism strategies towards ISIS are effective. The day before the attack that claimed the lives of 129 innocents, President Obama told ABC News that the U.S. has […]