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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

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.
United States, Iran flags
Dr. Nancy Gallagher
February 27, 2015
The Obama administration is facing what could become one of the most consequential policy decisions of the twenty-first century: Whether diplomacy and international law or threats and use of military force is the more effective way to reduce nuclear risks, with Iran’s nuclear program being the current focus.
Dr. Robert Orr
January 26, 2015
Schools of public policy are relatively new creations. The vast majority were founded in the second half of the 20th century, predominantly in the United States.