Monthly Archives: November 2016

Backpedaling Our Energy Policy

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The next administration has promised to reverse course on several centerpiece energy policies of recent years. Besides the politics behind doing so, let’s take a look at what the effects and consequences of backpedaling would be. The biggest changes will focus on two interconnected policy decisions, the Clean […]

A Bright Future for Solar Power in Florida

Jordan Pic, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives It seems natural that the “Sunshine State” should be known for harvesting one of the most  popular  forms of  clean energy – solar power. However, things aren’t always so sunny. Florida ranks fourteenth in its installed capacity for producing solar energy, even though its potential to produce solar […]

Referendums and Policy Decision Making: The Brexit Example

By Zhao Zhai, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On June 24, 2016, the British people made one of the most significant collective decisions in history: leaving the Europe Union. The conservative party held the referendum after facing significant pressure from many euroskeptic Conservative and UKIP (UK Independence Party) members of Parliament.  In the final […]

Women’s political participation in India

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives   As a young girl growing up in India, my elder sister wanted to become the Prime Minister. Unlike in many other countries, she had several powerful women to inspire her. Indira Gandhi was one of India’s strongest prime ministers.  She served for fourteen years, a mere 30 years […]

Food for thought: the farmers market as a model for redevelopment

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In a poll conducted last year, the Washington Post posed the following question to assess perceptions of redevelopment in DC: As you may know, the District government is trying to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents. Do you think this process of […]

Black Minds Matter: A Look at the Psychological Effects of Mass Media on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Elizabeth Morehead, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew Study showed that more than seven-in-ten American adults follow the news closely. 81% of American adults get at least a portion of their news through websites, apps, or social networking sites. In the past few years, pressing racial issues have surfaced in the U.S.and received […]

Can There be a Future Ceasefire in Syria?

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  The most recent seven-day Syrian ceasefire was agreed upon by the United States and Russia on  September 7th, in the days preceding Eid Al-Adha. The ceasefire has taken place five years after the start of the Syrian Civil War, two years after the United States formally intervened in […]