Monthly Archives: November 2017

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 […]

Why Choose a MPA Degree?

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives 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 are typically drawn to public service and leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors, though some graduates pursue related […]

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 […]

The Argentine Financial Crisis: Causes and Lessons Learned

Jason Marshall, MPP Summary of the Crisis The 2001-2002 Argentine Financial Crisis was the culmination of an overreaction to a history of hyperinflation, an unwillingness to address needed structural reforms, and a macro-economic strategy that left Argentina totally exposed to external shocks and swings in global capital flows. While just a decade earlier Argentina was […]

The Polar Vortex of 2014 is Still Changing How We Use Energy

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In early 2014,  a long, dry, cold spell, dubbed the polar vortex hit the Eastern United States. PJM, a regional power grid operator that primarily covers Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, experienced record-setting demand for power and adverse market conditions, which forced the company to take an unusually high […]