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World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 24th

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

Around the World

After Andrew Cuomo became the first U.S. governor to lead a trade mission to Havana since the renewal of U.S.-Cuban diplomacy, Lawrence Gutman takes a closer look at the opportunities this mission creates for American business interests and Cuban citizens alike.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Mohamed Keita explores the disturbing phenomenon of xenophobia and homophobia in African media. He argues that the gatekeepers of these institutions can do more to foster healthy and positive dialogue through existing social mediums.

And James Dorsey draws attention to Egypt specifically, where the military regime has designated soccer groups as terrorist organizations, in an effort to silence their dissenting speech.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, British journalist Nicholas Jubber discusses his new World Policy e-book, Abandoned: Life for Mali's Nomads in the Wake of War, with host David Alpern. Jubber describes how Malian nomads serve as the last bulwarks against jihadism in the war-torn Northern African nation.


Around the Institute

Diana Glassman, a member of the Board of Directors, will speak at the 14th Annual Sustainability Summit this Wednesday April 29, 2015. She will focus on how R&D investment in sustainability can provide a company with a competitive advantage—or potentially lead to failure. Register here to attend.

Jack Rivkin, a member of the Advisory Council, provides a quarterly update to his “What More to Expect in 2015 (and Beyond): Separating Signal from Noise.” He delves into a comprehensive analysis of the state of global markets since the start of the new year.

On Friday May 1, 2015, World Policy’s Arts-Policy Incubator is convening an Artist Roundtable (A.RT) and idea incubator exploring the intersection of arts, policy, and health. The health A.RT brings together and accommodates exploration among a small and diverse group of internationally-minded artists whose work is focused on the health and wellness issues of a particular community or demographic, or indirectly in the space of health, healthcare and general well-being. The meeting will be convened by Nicolle Bennett and Patrick Hebert. Nicolle is a National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellow and Program Director for Feel the Music! Patrick is an Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University’s Tisch School’s School of the Arts.

Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir writes for Huffington Post about how the road to Islamic de-radicalization is a long one—for which there are no short cuts.

Belinda Cooper speaks to Al Jazeera America about the symbolic significance of the trial of Oskar Groenig, the 93-year-old former Auschwitz bookkeeper.

Erica Dingman argues in Climate Central that as the U.S. assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it will need to provide additional governance over shipping and maritime traffic in the region. She then explains to Responding to Climate Change that the U.S. will have to do so through consensus building.

James H. Nolt breaks down the complexities and significance of derivative trading in his latest article on Polarizing Political Economy.



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