Pepperdine Policy Review

Articles from Vol. 6, 2013

A Global Blasphemy Law: Protecting Believers at the Expense of Free Speech
I. IntroductionIn September 2012, the 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube, ignited violent demonstrations and protests that resulted in hundreds of injuries (CNN Wire Staff, 2012). The video sparked debate...
Can Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation Reduce Child Mortality in Senegal?
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1 IntroductionChild mortality is an indicator commonly used when assessing child health and the overall level of development in a country. It is a public health priority for the West African nation of Senegal....
Financial Openness and Growth: 2000-2010
I. INTRODUCTIONIn light of the globalized concern to improve world economies, policymakers are faced with the difficult task of whether to implement policies to benefit their nation's economy such as increasing tariffs, quotas, or transaction taxes....
Message from the Editor
The Pepperdine Public Policy Review is excited to present you with the sixth volume of our academic journal. This year we had an array of excellent submissions which made choosing a representative selection of the analytical and policy application skills...
Mobile Health Technology in Developing Countries: The Case of Tanzania
IntroductionMobile technology is redesigning the way the world functions and thinks. It is now being used in healthcare, and is becoming a huge contributor in delivering healthcare information to impoverished people in developing countries. Mobile phones...
No Music in Timbuktu: A Brief Analysis of the Conflict in Mali and Al Qaeda's Rebirth
Coordinator Daniel Benjamin of the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism spoke on December 8, 2011 to the National Press Club about the state of the terror group AI Qaeda (Benjamin, 2011). In his speech, the Coordinator declared that the strength...
Oil Sands Extraction Lessons from Alberta Can, and Should, Inform American Policies
IntroductionTar sands are not the only energy source that exploits water but they do pose substantial dangers to both water quality and human health; Alberta's tar sands extraction offers a warning for others who want to develop their own tar sands (including...
Preparing for the Inevitable: US Climate Change Preparation
IntroductionThe global climate is changing. Data on sea level, global temperature, snow cover and presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere make it clear that since the Industrial Revolution the world has been getting warmer. Sea levels are rising,...
Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale Gas Formations in the United States
I. The History & Process of Hydraulic FracturingHydraulic fracturing has a long history and was first developed in Sweden in 1878 and was used for offshore drilling during the 1930s. The current version of the hydraulic fracturing technique in existence...
The Korean Conflict and the United States National Security
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Matthew L. SmithI. IntroductionThe United States' troubles in Asia began with the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. After World War ?, the US became increasingly...
The Rising Digital Missile Gap: The Security Threat of the United States' Cyber Inactivity
In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy campaigned on the issue that under the watch of President Eisenhower, a missile gap had develop between the United States and the Soviet Union. The fear of nuclear war was a grim reality, which most politicians and citizens...
The Role of Health Care in a Democratic Capitalist Society
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare". The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") was enacted by a consensus reached by the...