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World Policy Newsletter, Week of March 13, 2015

Welcome to World Policy’s weekly newsletter, featuring the latest news from across our major platforms—media, programming, and fellowship.

Around the World

After Netanyahu’s speech to Congress sparked international debate, Rich Bellis explores the cost of Israeli hardball on Jews across the globe. Meanwhile, just south of the border, Lissa Weinmann and Jordan Clifford argue that Cuba must be removed from the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism if the two nations have any chance of reconciliation.

Across the Pacific Ocean, Jarno Lang investigates Indonesia’s struggles to embrace a 21st century democracy, while Evan Gottesman profiles the revival of the Cambodian rock scene in the wake of democratic reform. Meanwhile, Jim Nolt teaches us how to think like a capitalist.

Finally, we welcome Algiers-based reporter Hannah Rae Armstrong to this week’s episode of World Policy On Air. Armstrong examines how Morocco has illegally exploited Western Sahara for its resources and argues that if the international community does not respond, the Sahrawi refugees may be forced to take up arms. Plus, Paul Brandus reports from the West Wing on President Obama’s reaction to efforts by Senate Republicans to meddle in negotiations with Iran.

Around the Institute

World Policy Institute warmly welcomes to our Bryant Park offices the Bard Globalization in International Affairs (BGIA) Program, a small and highly selective program that recruits students from around the world and matches them with New York-based internships. This partnership is a natural next step after nearly a decade of shared connections: in addition to hosting over 15 BGIA interns over the past five years, BGIA founder James Chace was World Policy Journal editor for eight years.

We are less than two weeks away from hosting former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox. In this private event on March 23, 2015, President Fox will share his thoughts on his historic presidency, how it shaped his economic strategy, his ongoing efforts to fight poverty in Mexico, and his current quest to make his country a hub for technology.

And if you haven’t already picked up a copy of the Spring issue of World Policy Journal, go online now. We explore the Unknowns—from looming environmental disasters to our next big global security threat to the rising tax haven no one is talking about yet.

Also, be sure to check out Leslie Kramer’s recent profile of World Policy Institute in  “A Guide to the Work of America’s Highly Influential Thinking Class.”

From the Fellows

Monique El-Faizy comments in The Washington Post on the state of Coptic Christians in Egypt and Libya, who are increasingly subject to violence and abuse.

Stephanie Griest has an article in the Spring issue of Oxford American, examining artists’ responses to the politicization of the Texas/Mexico border.

Todd Lester’s Lanchonete, which celebrates São Paulo’s ubiquitous lunch counters and invites groups of artists to participate in their development, has been profiled in InterActive’s most recent issue.

And Karl Meyer, long time editor of World Policy Journal, and his wife, Shareen Blair Brysac, have released a new book titled “The China Collectors: America’s Century Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures.” Not surprisingly, The Washington Post has given it a stellar review. Meyer and Brysac will be speaking about their new book on Monday March 16 at The New York Society Library: 53 East 79th Street. The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact the events offices:


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