Category Foreign Policy

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 […]

Turkey: The Struggle for Inclusion

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Turkey is a bridge between Europe and the Eastern world, with one foot firmly planted in the culture and history of the Ottoman Empire and the other reaching for a perch among Western states. The founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dreamed of a Turkish state that would […]

Notes from the Policy Field: Approaches to International Trade in the Era of Globalization

Event: Approaches to International Trade in the Era of Globalization Date: 06/21/17 A country’s approach to international trade is composed of several pieces, including its trade agreements, subsidized products, and domestic unemployment policies, to name a few. This event, hosted by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and organized by the Swedish […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Ambassador Reuben Brigety

Welcome to the new Policy Perspectives segment, Today’s Public Administrators! We kick off our series with a brief Q+A with Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to joining the Elliott School, he served as United States Ambassador to the African Union and the permanent representative to the United Nations […]

Will China and Taiwan Reunify?

Zhao Zhai, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Background As China assumes an increasingly important role in the global economy, and ascends to the status of a world superpower, Taiwan faces additional pressure to unify with the mainland. Though it would be a decision fraught with political risk for both countries, reunification should nevertheless happen under […]

Public-Private Partnerships in Rwanda

By Jordan Pic, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Background A landlocked, emerging democracy, Rwanda is on the rise as a key regional player. The country is a prominent member of the East African Community (EAC) and  has one of the fastest growing GDPs in the world. Rwanda is in an advantageous position to solicit investment […]

Behavioral Insights for Policy Design: Education in the Developing World

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  During the 2010 meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations asserted that education is a major catalyst for human development. Delegates argued that rapid advances in education can help achieve other millennium goals, like reducing child mortality and eradicating extreme poverty. Education budgets form an […]