Teaching Theory vs. Policy (Or how to pitch an essay to Foreign Affairs)
What’s it like writing an essay for Foreign Affairs? Charli Carpenter just wrote the book blog post.
An Associate Professor of International Affairs at UMass-Amherst and Foreign Affairs author, Dr. Carpenter recently conducted an experiment in her doctoral level seminar on Human Security. She wanted to help her students navigate the theory vs. policy divide, and she did that by requiring students “to go through the process of convincing Foreign Affairs Magazine to publish their analysis of some policy-relevant topic…”
If you’re interested in the editorial process for a publication like Foreign Affairs or you just want to see an example for a successful pitch, this is a must-read.
Helping Women Reconcile Work & Family = Sound Government Policy
A new book by French intellectual Elisabeth Badinter has attracted attention because of her controversial thesis: liberal motherhood is undermining the status of women.
Most responses to Badinter focus on individuals. But what about government policies?
The new issue of Foreign Affairs has a piece addresses population decline in developed countries and prescribes policies that allow women to reconcile careers and family:
Population decline poses a grave danger to the developed world. Yet there is nothing inevitable about it. History shows that governments can raise birthrates close to replacement levels — if only they adopt the right kinds of pronatalist policies. This means making available high-quality and affordable child care, offering families financial support, and supporting mothers who pursue careers.