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World Policy Newsletter, Week of June 26th

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Around the World

As the fight against Boko Haram continues, post-conflict reintegration strategies have become an increasingly important subject of debate. Tarila Marclint Ebiede, after comparing military-led options to a state sponsored peace process, urges the government to work with local communities to implement a non-military solution in northeastern Nigeria.

And on the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, choreographers Robin Becker and Le Vu Long collaborate to create a dance repertoire to address another conflict’s lingering wounds. Gloria Hage explores the project’s unique potential to foster a form of cultural reconciliation.

Across the Atlantic, despite strong public support for U.S.-Cuban normalization, entrenched interests in Cuba and outdated perspectives in Congress continue to hinder diplomatic efforts. Brendan Krisel outlines how bi-partisan lobby groups such as Engage Cuba try to overcome the pro-embargo Congressional stalemate through education and active engagement. Meanwhile, Rosemary Werrett, reflecting on her recent trip to the island, observes a similar type of domestic tension as Cuban authorities compete with reformers to stall the pace of normalization.

Finally, on today’s episode of World Policy On Air, legendary environmentalist Lester R. Brown discusses the uphill battle to address climate change with host David Alpern, and how Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the issue is helping to change minds.

Around the Institute

In the Summer 2015 issue, “Climate's Cliff,” World Policy Journal asked a panel of experts to provide insight into who in their respective countries are resisting addressing climate change. On Monday, the WPJ hosted a live Twitter Chat to open the conversation to a larger audience, exploring some of the most contentious subjects regarding global warming. Check out the highlights of the #ClimatesCliff discussion here.

With the United States’ recent assumption of the two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the World Policy Institute has partnered with award-winning media firm, News Deeply, in launching the Arctic Deeply Roundtables, a series of vital conversations focused on the global implications of the receding Arctic Circle. On Tuesday, June 23, Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, continued the series by leading a discussion on Plan Nord. He outlined the ambitious project’s method for infrastructure development in his region of governance. 

And if you haven’t already picked up a copy of the Summer issue of World Policy Journal, go online now. We explore “Climate’s Cliff”—from the debate over nuclear energy in Germany to the environmental cost of the Nicaragua Canal to the dangers of China’s smoke-smothered skies.

Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol, our newest fellow, in conversation with Al Jazeera America, responds to the uproar over American electronic spying on the French government.

Nina Krushcheva, in a recent piece for The Globe and Mail, outlines the propagandistic, fear-based means by which President Putin sustains his tight grip on political dissent, warning of the long-term chilling effect on Russian civil society.

James H. Nolt, in Voice of America, explores the motivations behind China’s latest push to militarize its civilian fleet and its potential implications for the territorial battles in the disputed East China sea.

Swadesh Rana, in a recent interview by BBC Radio, discusses China’s recent move to block the Indian-led UN action against Pakistan.

Khadija Sharife took home first prize in South Africa’s prestigious Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism’s Online Category, and was recognized as a finalist in the Business Category.

Programming note: In observance of the 4th of July, there will be no newsletter next week. Tune in the following week for updates.



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