Jordan Pic, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Fellow American travelers can attest that navigating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) often disrupts one’s plans. These scenarios were recently highlighted in the news when long security lines caused flight delays across the nation. Later, a CNN commentator shared her intrusive pat down by TSA despite her […]

Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives One of President Trump’s first actions in office was to issue an executive order freezing the hiring of new federal employees. The order, which fulfilled one of his campaign promises, will be in place for an initial period of 90 days. After that,the directors of the Office […]

Zhao Zhai, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) into law. Dodd-Frank, which was named after its two sponsors, Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, was crafted in response to the crisis and framed […]

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 […]


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 […]

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  During the 1992 presidential election, James Carville, then an aide to candidate Bill Clinton, insisted the Clinton campaign focus on the plight of working people, coining the mantra: “it’s the economy, stupid.” Now fast-forward to 2016 and Carville’s advice still holds true. Despite signs of a post-recession […]

Nathan Rupp, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Louisiana, like many states, is in debt. Under the supervision of Governor Bobby Jindal, the state went from having a billion-dollar budget surplus to a $1.6 billion deficit.  In January 2016, John Bel Edwards was elected Governor, succeeding the term-limited Jindal. Since taking office, Edwards has tried […]