Policy Perspectives



Spanish Dual Language Programs Could be the Answer for DC English Language Learners

Ashlynn Profit, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Although K-12 student test scores are on the rise in the District of Columbia across subgroups (e.g. racial ethnic groups, homeless students, students enrolled in special education), achievement gaps still exist throughout the nation’s capital. One group that’s falling behind is English Language Learners (ELLs). In 2014, […]
Posted: 2016-02-10More...

Obama’s Failed Pivot to Asia

Jerry Wei, MPP President Obama’s vaunted “Pivot to Asia,” announced in 2011, was supposed to help counter Chinese aggression, complementing and building on our existing military, economic, and diplomatic commitments in the region.  In the past, China’s leaders have relied on a strategy of national agitprop and aggressive international action to district their disillusioned and […]
Posted: 2016-02-10More...

Spratly Islands: China’s Artificial Expansion and Why it Matters

Andre Avanessians, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the summer of 2014, news sources reported China’s plan to expand its international influence by creating an artificial island within the Spratly Islands, a disputed archipelago of reefs, atolls, and islands located in the South China Sea. The Spratleys, although largely unexplored, are situated within a […]
Posted: 2016-01-27More...

ESSA Moves Education Forward, but NCLB Shouldn’t be Completely Left Behind

Kerry Belodoff, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In a bipartisan effort that President Obama called a “Christmas miracle,” the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed in mid-December after eight years of delay, replacing the much–maligned No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. ESSA marks a considerable shift in authority over education, providing states and […]
Posted: 2016-01-27More...

Even When Valuing “Morality,” Defunding Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Add Up

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives 2015 shifted the political climate and put Planned Parenthood on the defensive. In July, the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing what they claimed was evidence of Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue remains. The videos acted as kerosene to a small fire, and […]
Posted: 2016-01-27More...

Opinion: Is India’s contingency on international climate finance reasonable?

Ziyue Zhu, MPP As one of the fast-growing and largest developing countries, India has a  responsibility to tackle climate change. It is also one of the key players in the  international commitment to confront climate change. Early this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored India’s commitment  to scale up renewable energy development. Modi stressed the […]
Posted: 2016-01-27More...



Volume 23 Launch Event

Posted: 2016-01-29

Now Accepting Book and Interview Proposals!


Policy Perspectives, TSPPPA's student-run journal, is now accepting interview and book review proposals for Volume 23! Policy Perspectives welcomes all current and former TSPPPA master's, PhD, or certificate students to submit proposals.

Interview Proposal Guidelines
  • In approximately 500 to 750 words, your interview proposal should identify the person you wish to interview, explain why the person is significant, and lay out a realistic plan to conduct the interview.
  • We do not have specific content requirements, but we suggest reviewing the interviews that Policy Perspectives has published in past volumes (for example, with TSPPPA alumni Andrew DiRosaand Admiral Thad Allen) to get a sense of what might be appropriate.
Book Review Proposal Guidelines
  • In approximately 500 to 750 words, your book review proposal should identify a work in the fields of public policy or public administration and explain why the book is significant.
  • You may also choose to review multiple related books together.
  • You do not need to have finished reading the book(s) at the time you submit your proposal, nor do you need to submit a draft of the review itself. After reviewers are selected, you will have until Friday, January 22, 2016 to read the book(s) and write the review.
  • We do not have specific content requirements, but we suggest reviewing past book reviews on our web site to get a sense of what might be appropriate.
  • We will not publish reviews of books that have already been reviewed by Policy Perspectives.
Please submit only one interview or book review proposal for consideration. If you are already a Policy Perspectives author or Associate Editor, you may not submit a proposal.
Please follow the instructions below to submit your proposal anonymously:
  1. Upload your book review proposal here or interview proposal here, along with a brief writing samplewith your name and any other identifying information removed from the file.
  2. Send an email with your name and book title OR name of your proposed interviewee to polpersp@gwu.edu with the subject line "Volume 23 Book Review Proposal" or "Volume 23 Interview Proposal."
Proposals are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 6. Everyone who submits an interview or book review proposal will hear back byWednesday, December 23.
If you have any questions, please email us at polpersp@gwu.edu. We look forward to your submissions!
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