Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of our readers in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!  In that time honored tradition of American college student’s we’re not posting new content today to allow our readers to catch up on all the reading that has been overlooked over the last few weeks.  Here’s a brief overview of our most recent publications:

The Laundry ListCaroline Park reviews some of the challenges facing developing countries trying to control disease outbreaks.  Despite the seemingly overwhelming scope of solving healthcare problems in the developing world, there are well-identified ways forward and people working to make those solutions happen.

Turquoise Hills: Huge reserves of gold and uranium could only be good for a country, right?  Not if it falls into the trap so many developing countries that have been granted large mineral wealth seem to have.  Johann Colloredo-Mansfeld explores whether Mongolia will be able to avoid the natural resource curse and looks to Chile as an example of a country that managed to successfully convert mineral wealth into social development.

South Asia’s Youth Demographics: In part three of our mini-series on youth demographics in South Asia Nitika Sethi explores how development assistance can solve some of the issues discussed in Part 1 & Part 2.

The Cost of Care: Jisung sits down with Neel Shah, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, to talk about the American healthcare system. In particular, why is healthcare in America so expensive?  The ACA was intended to lower healthcare costs, and it has been partially successful, but some healthcare expenses are remarkably resistant to policy solutions.  Why is that the case?

Environmental Policy Outlook:  Starting in January and for the first time in his Presidency, Barack Obama will not have a majority in either house of Congress.  What does that mean for environmental policy in the United States?  Emily Pechar explores three different specific policy changes that may come about as a result of the recent U.S. midterm elections.

For everyone who is caught up on our most recent articles, we’ll be back to publishing new content on Monday.  Starting with a new podcast interview with Bina Venkataraman about working on climate change innovation in the White House.



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