New Perspectives in Foreign Policy Issue 9, Summer 2015

New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions. As such, the views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board, CSIS, or the CSIS Board of Trustees.

In this new and thought-provoking volume of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, young professionals at CSIS tackle a variety of complex issues facing today’s society, providing measured, insightful analysis:

Sahil Angelo discusses the policy implications of aflatoxins, a common group of highly toxic chemicals to which 4.5 billion people are exposed worldwide and that may have a critical role to play in the United States’ global health strategy.

Mariah Deters and Tomi Stahlberg consider impending fuel regulations for international shipping fleets and the role that liquefied natural gas (LNG) might play in the fuel mix for international shipping.

Xiaoqun Dong addresses the opportunities for increased cooperation between India and Nepal in Nepal’s hydropower development, analyzing the progress already achieved, the potential benefits of expanded collaboration, and the challenges to moving forward.

Richard Say argues that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will play an important role in UN peacekeeping operations and other humanitarian efforts, especially in remote areas.

Breanna Thompson surveys innovations taking place in governing and developing cities through the “Internet of Things,” arguing that each urban environment will call for a unique approach.

Finally, we feature an interview with Dr. Jon B. Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at CSIS. Dr. Alterman reflects on his experience as a Middle East expert and offers his thoughts on how a think tank career compares to work in government. We found our conversation with him illuminating, and we hope you will too.

Sahil Angelo, Mariah Deters, Xiaoqun Dong, Richard Say, Tomi Stahlberg, Breanna Thompson