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Issues in Brief, is a series of policy briefs that began in 2008 by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

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  • Learning from the past: the future of malaria in Africa 

    Graboyes, Melissa (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-06)
    In April 2009, Boston University’s African Studies Center was the lead sponsor of a two-day event titled ‘Africa 2060 A.D.: What We Don’t Know About Malaria, and When Didn’t We Know It.” Based on the discussion that took ...
  • A call for resilience index for health and social systems in Africa 

    Almedom, Astier (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-10)
    This policy brief explores the concept of resilience as it applies to health and social systems in Africa, and suggests that development of a multi-dimensional resilience index may help to understand and formulate policy ...
  • The future of space exploration: the next 50 years 

    Chakrabarti, Supriya (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2008-10)
    This policy brief flows from the 2007 Pardee Center conference on The Future of Space and lays out a set fo critical challenges for the next 50 years of space explorations.
  • Food crises in developing countries: the role of national governance 

    Suleri, Abid Qaiyum (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-05)
    This paper looks at the recent price increases in food commodities and using Pakistan as a case study it concludes the national governance is a key component in understanding what happened and why. This paper is part of ...
  • Sustainable development in Africa: agriculture, trade and climate change 

    Kulovesi, Kati (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-03)
    This paper looks at the confluence of trade, agriculture and climate change in Africa in the context of food and sustainable development. This paper is part of The Project on Food and Development, a Pardee Center program ...
  • Fostering south-south research collaborations 

    Osama, Athar (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2008-09)
    This policy brief reviews the state of research collaborations between and amongst developing country scholars – South-South research collaborations and develops a rationale for a more systematic and multilateral approach ...
  • The future of the WTO 

    Gallagher, Kevin (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2008-04)
    This policy brief reviews the current debates about the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and looks at why current discussions on international trade and development are stalled and also on what the implication ...
  • Call for a corporate social conscience index 

    Watts, Stephanie (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2010-09)
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a widely used term to describe how large companies adopt practices and policies that curb the potential negative impacts their operations can have on the surrounding environment ...
  • Envisioning Africa's future: a story of changing perceptions 

    Gatune Kariuki, Julius (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2010-03)
    Perceptions about Africa will continue to influence how its future is viewed and thus shaped. The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Year of Africa,” and as we anticipate how Africa will develop over the next 50 ...
  • Seeing hunger through new eyes: from lack to possibility 

    Lappé, Frances Moore (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-04)
    This paper takes a broad and bold look at the questions of food, hunger and development, and raises questions as well as possible solutions that are often missed. This paper is part of The Project on Food and Development, ...
  • Beyond the resource curse: minerals and global development 

    Ali, Saleem (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2010-01)
    This policy brief discusses the concept of the “resource curse” and the often-assumed connection between a country’s significant mineral wealth and violence and corruption. The paper argues that developing countries with ...
  • Mapping the complexity of higher education in the developing world 

    Campbell, David; Najam, Adil; Zaman, Muhammad Hamid (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2010-05)
    On October 27 and 28, 2009, a workshop of experts on higher education in developing countries was convened by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The meeting was ...
  • The changing shape of malnutrition: obesity in sub-Saharan Africa 

    Fogelman, Arianna (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-12)
    This policy brief discusses the causes and consequences of over-nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting rural/urban connections, notions of personhood, and dietary conservatism as important factors in understanding ...
  • Transportation in mega-cities: a local issue, a global question 

    Taiyab, Nadaa (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2008-11)
    This policy brief reviews the looming emergence of ever-more and ever-bigger mega-cities and, within them, the challenge of urban transportation.
  • Preferential trade agreements: free trade at what cost? 

    Thrasher, Rachel Denae (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2009-09)
    This paper looks at the broader aspects of legal incompatibility among various agreements and argues that in the long run, increased reliance on PTAs for trade liberalizations will force countries to maintain inconsistent ...
  • Diplomacy is stalling: how the G20 can catch up with the world 

    Hare, Paul Webster (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2010-04)
    In the past 65 years, diplomacy – in contrast to business, non-governmental organizations and communications – has made few fundamental changes in its operations. The traditional form of negotiations practiced by our ...
  • Capital account regulations for stability and development: a new approach 

    Gallagher, Kevin; Griffith-Jones, Stephany; Ocampo, José Antonio (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2011-11)
    In the wake of the financial crisis numerous emerging market and developing countries have been deploying what have traditionally been referred to as ‘capital controls’ to curb excessive speculation on their currencies and ...
  • Religion, social movements, and zone of crisis in Latin America 

    Junge, Benjamin; Rubin, Jeffrey; Smilde, David (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2012-11)
    Based on the outcomes of a three-year project led by Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), this Issues in Brief explores the connections between religion and social movements in Latin ...
  • Improving women’s reproductive health in India by educating men and families 

    Venkatesh, Maanasa (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2016-03)
    In this Issues in Brief, 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Maanasa Venkatesh argues that reproductive health care for women – as well as men – would improve in India if health care providers included men and marital family ...
  • Five challenges to the future of transboundary water governance 

    Sullivan, Leeann M. (Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, 2014-08)
    Pardee 2013 Graduate Summer Fellow Leeann Sullivan uses the Okavango River in Southern Africa as a case study to discuss the key challenges of the future of transboundary water governance. She argues that while local-level ...

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