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The Policy Exchange

The Policy Exchange is a monthly blog focusing on various topics related to policy and policymaking. Serving as a way to facilitate policy discussion, this blog features posts from UMD School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr, PhD and guest posts from other policy experts. Any media inquiries and questions can be sent to policy-comm@umd.edu

Nathan Hultman
December 19, 2016
The recent UN Climate Conference, held recently in Morocco in November, was the first major meeting of negotiators after last year's historic agreement was concluded in Paris.
Dr. Robert Orr
December 18, 2015

One year into my tenure as Dean of the School of Public Policy, I was recently asked what brought me to Maryland. With a year to listen and learn under my belt, the answer has never been as clear to me as it is today.

climate course
Dr. Robert Orr
November 19, 2015

Leading the way toward and beyond the 21st Conference of the Parties

Dr. Michael Wertheimer
October 28, 2015

Imagine owning an impregnable safe, which is to say no manner of subterfuge or skill is capable of accessing the safe’s contents without explicitly knowing the combination. To achieve this level of security the safe is not only cleverly designed, but the dial contains 256 different numbers and the combination must be at least 32 long...

Burundi
Nancy K. Hayden
June 29, 2015

In 2007, after more than a decade of civil war, Burundi began exporting peace as the newly integrated Burundi Forces de Defense National (FDN) contributed the second largest contingent of troops to the UN-authorized African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

In the World, Deeply
Dr. Robert Orr
May 20, 2015

At this time of year, graduates at many schools are being charged to “go forth into the world.” The image is one of moving from the ivory tower across the commencement stage and out into the “real world.” At SPP, however, our students are already plugged into communities and institutions, both global and local, to an extent that previous...

Philanthropy
Dr. Robert T. Grimm, Jr.
April 27, 2015

Would the United States government ever invest in the Gates Foundation to accelerate educational achievement or dramatically reduce a global health challenge? 

Sustainability Matters
Dr. Robert Orr
March 31, 2015
I arrived at the venue of the first-ever renewable energy “global investors meet” in New Delhi in a modern-day rickshaw powered by natural gas and an intrepid driver named Ajay. My eyes smarted from some of the most polluted air in the world, but I quickly noticed something else in the air at the conference – a buzz of excitement.