The mission of the New England Journal of Public Policy goes hand-in-hand with the mission of UMass Boston: To serve the people, and address the issues of a great urban society through outstanding teaching, research and service. While we address policy issues of all kinds, we tend to focus on issues of an urban society. While we address policy issues internationally and nationally, we pay particular attention to disciplines which can address issues at the state and local level. While we prepare our students for academia, business and the nonprofit world, we have special expertise for practitioners of public policy. And while we approach the discipline of public and global policy with academic rigor and objectivity, we tend to see the issues through the prism of understanding that social and economic inequities are inherent in our system; part of our mission is to develop the tools to evaluate and address those inequities.

Current Issue: Volume 27, Issue 1 (2015)

In this edition of the journal several articles address a range of important, and in some cases too often overlooked policy issues, too broad in scope for their conclusions and recommendations to be encapsulated adequately in a brief paragraph. Their diversity, however, highlights a key characteristic of the New England Journal of Public Policy – that of being open to publishing articles that have insightful bearings on how public policy is addressed, not only in the New England states, but throughout the country and in the international community – a community of nations increasingly interdependent with constraints on national sovereignty we are still grappling to come to terms with. Globalization, too often now used in derogatory contexts, is irreversible. Like it or not it has shrunk our territorial domains. We can no longer analyze issues of consequential import within the narrow confines of our national/state jurisdictions. Drawing on ‘best practice’ means being open to a critical examination of the experiences of other states and a willingness to explore the practices of the broader community beyond our narrow confines. The boundaries of learning have expanded as the constrictions of globalization make us all denizens of that metaphorical global village.

Front Matter

Editor's Notes


Editor's Note
Padraig O’Malley



War, the United Nations, and Peacekeeping
Robert Weiner and Carlos Andres Aguilera Ariza



Padraig O'Malley
Managing Editor
Nancy Riordan