Category Foreign Policy

Islamic State Influence in the Philippines

Hope Ajayi, MPA Since May, based on the number of events and fatalities, the Philippines has had the third highest conflict event count in South and Southeast Asia behind India and Pakistan, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). Abu Sayyaf and Maute: Two Jihadist Groups The conflict in the Philippines […]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2017

Shiva Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Consisting of 21 countries, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) encourages free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 21 member countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

Statehood as a Solution for Puerto Rico’s Economy

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, Puerto Rico’s economic and political future looks increasingly uncertain. The past decade has been especially difficult for the island territory. Puerto Rico’s recession began in 2006 when corporate tax breaks that benefitted the Puerto Rican manufacturing sector ended. The Great Recession […]