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 31, Issue 1 (2019) Special Issue: CRIC

The articles in this issue have their origins in presentations at the “Freedom and Fragmentation” conference at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict conference at Harris Manchester College Oxford in September 2018. Three articles address issues relating to Indigenous/First Nation/Aboriginal Peoples.

Another article asks: Why do peace processes fail? in “Preparing the Psychological Space for Peacemaking.”

Three additional articles relate to Syria. One of these is a first for the journal. Within the article "Stories Untold" by Manas Ghanem, readers will experience a visual story highlighting the work of a group of artists who created paintings of startling intensity.

Front Matter

Editor's Notes


Editor’s Note
Padraig O’Malley



Preparing the Psychological Space for Peacemaking
Gabrielle Rifkind and Nita Yawanarajah


Padraig O'Malley
Managing Editor
Nancy Riordan
Copy Editor
Debby Smith