Disrupting your Month: Executive Disorder

Living in a Trump World Welcome to the latest edition of Disrupting your Month, wherein I attempt to talk about the latest in Disruption news for as long as possible before breaking down and ranting about Donald Trump. Again. As I write to you from my partially-constructed bunker made up of discarded ‘Madam President’ paraphernalia,…

Boosting Private Sector Confidence in Chinese Public-Private Partnerships

Since late 2013, the Chinese Central Government has been promoting and developing Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to stimulate the economic growth. PPPs leverage private sector capital, efficiency, and innovation, while mitigating the pressures of local governments’ constrained budgets. So far, progress has been slow. Among the 7,721 projects recorded under the official PPP Comprehensive Information Platform…

The Economic Consequences of Publicly Financing Stadiums

It’s February, which means it’s nearly time for the holiest day of the American athletic year: Super Bowl Sunday. There are any number of critiques we could bring to bear about the game itself, including the shockingly small proportion of real game time relative to the event’s total duration, or the outsize ad revenues generated…

The EU, Europe, and Transatlantic Trade at a Crossroads

Just as anti-trade sentiment in the U.S. contributed to the election of Donald Trump, similar concerns have created friction and fragmentation across the Atlantic. In addition to the obvious threats Brexit posed to the EU model earlier this year, populist and nationalist fervor manifest in opposition to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and…

Disrupting your Year: A Look Back at 2016

2016 Was The Year of Disruption For better or worse, last year was all about our Spring Edition theme, Disruption. What started out as a theme for discussing fun and nerdy policy topics like labor and flying cars became something else entirely. As we merrily say goodbye to 2016 and stock up on canned goods and batteries for…

Lessons Learned at COP22

From November 7–18, four Hoyas represented Georgetown at the United Nations climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco (aka COP22 or simply COP): undergraduate International Politics Major Summer Lyle-Holmes and McCourt School of Public Policy graduate students Laqiqige “Judy” Zhu, Zhihong “Helen” Han, and Will Hackman. Year after year alarm bells are rung by the scientific,…

Revitalizing America’s Distressed Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods have acted as the bedrock of American society for hundreds of years. As our closest social environments, they can shape how people interact and contribute within society. If properly invested in, they can be epicenters for upward mobility for families and small businesses. Unfortunately, there are neighborhoods across America falling short of their full…