Monthly Archives: April 2016

Unfair Welfare: The TANF Resources Problem

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This article comes from a working paper by Michael Wiseman and David Meni at the GW Institute of Public Policy, which can be viewed here. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). On a surface level, many claim […]

The Big Fallacy: China Replacing US as the Global Superpower

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives As early as 2011, and arguably earlier, Americans have been warned of a looming monster across the sea: China and it’s inexplicable rise on the world stage.  Additionally, constant news of political partisan divides, racism in the US, a somewhat failing public education system, and the rise […]

Turning a Blind Eye: The US Failure to Recognize the Armenian Genocide After 101 Years

Andre Avanessians, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives April 24, 2016 will mark the 101 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The killing of 1.5 million Armenians carried out by the Ottoman Empire (current day Turkey), continues to go unrecognized by United States, a nation that considers human rights and justice to be  cornerstones of […]

“Draw Bridges Up” is Not the Answer – Why Europe Must Keep the Schengen Agreement Intact

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer/Deputy Editor, Brief Policy Perspectives As the global refugee crisis worsens, European governments have quickly embarked on a hysteria-driven campaign of border closing, making it harder for refugees to move around the passport-free Schengen zone. These fears, which are fueled by the misplaced anxiety that refugees  are a danger to public […]

What Drives the Russia-China Relationship

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the past decade, China has developed its reputation on the global stage as an influential actor with initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the One Belt, One Road initiative and military presence in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Russia has also been increasingly active […]

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]