Monthly Archives: November 2017

GW WonkCast S2E7: Defense Spending

How is our national security funded? Special guest MPP Amanda Swanson, who focuses on defense policy, joins the GW WonkCast team to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018. The NDAA is the vehicle by which Congress funds the Armed Forces. Listen to learn how the NDAA is created each year, […]

Notes from the Policy Field: American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

Event: American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference, “Evaluation 2017” Dates: 11/06/17-11/11/17 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. This segment takes a look at the American Evaluation Association (AEA)’s annual conference, which brought together evaluators, scholars, […]

Beating Europe’s Addiction to Russian Oil and Gas

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The fight for the soul of Eastern Europe has continued since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the rise of the Russian Federation. The former Soviet states have come far since being released from the shackles of the USSR, but their independence and freedom is always under […]

GW WonkCast S2E6: The Clean Water Rule

In episode six, the GW WonkCast team talks with Phillip Musegaas, Vice President of Programs and Litigation at Potomac Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit that works to protect the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Musegaas discusses the current state of water regulation and protection given the repeal and changes to the Clean Water Rule. This rule was an […]

Op-Ed: Why Choose a MPA Degree?

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The following is an op-ed and does not necessarily reflect the views of Policy Perspectives or the Trachtenberg school. This fall, I started my journey to attain a Master of  Public Administration (MPA) degree, the professional degree for public management. Students who pursue a Master of Public Administration […]

Deck the Landfills: The High Price of Fast Fashion

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is an expectation that clothing should be priced low and be available in large quantities. Consumers enjoy the feeling of purchasing large stacks of clothing with minimal damage to their bank accounts, but these habits have unseen consequences. The Fast Fashion Cycle Fashion trends change quickly, and […]

GW WonkCast S2E5: U.S. & Afghanistan Policy

This episode of the GW WonkCast features guest Hakim Jan, an independent researcher from Afghanistan. Jan has a background in political science and national security studies and as a Fulbright scholar, he focuses on transnational security issues at Trachtenberg. All views expressed are his own. Jan joins the team to discuss U.S. and Afghanistan policy […]