Category Foreign Policy

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 […]

Your Complete Guide to NATO

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a military alliance between the United States and multiple European countries that dates back to the Cold War era. During that time, NATO was a major pillar of American foreign policy and served as a deterrent to the Soviet Union’s […]

Demonetization Policy in India

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  On November 8, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that high denomination currency value of 500 and 1000 rupees will no longer be legal tender. In the days following the announcement, bank and ATM lines stretched hundreds of people long. Now, the lines have subsided, but the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Regional Variation in International Aid to Cambodia

By Nathan Rupp, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Recent data show an increasingly regionalized variation in development funding goals. Nations are taking different approaches to how they allocate funds to developing nations. The trends in funding method and sector differences highlight the geographic split in funding by Western and Asian sources. The two geographic areas […]