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World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 2nd

Around the World

The success of Guatemalan comedian-turned-presidential candidate Jimmy Morales is just the latest example of the influential role celebrities play in the political sphere. Ana Davila contends, however, that the comedian's lack of political experience may make him susceptible to special interest groups, which will do little to end the decades of corruption plaguing the Guatemalan presidency.

In the Arctic, interest in development opportunities is heating up, and countries outside the region’s geographical boundaries are becoming increasingly involved in Arctic affairs. Martin Kossa takes a look at South Korea’s Arctic policy, arguing that the nation is in an ideal position to facilitate cooperation between Asian countries and members of the Arctic Council.

Meanwhile, Africa is facing a major crisis: the biggest segment of its population, its youth, are unable to find jobs. Misan Rewane, co-founder and CEO of WAVE, discusses this challenge and her organization's model for connecting unemployed youth with professional opportunities.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick discusses responses to the Big Question section of the Journal's Fall 2015 issue, in which we asked experts from around the world: "How will your country satisfy its future food needs?"

 

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World Policy will be hosting a Twitter Chat to further discuss the Big Question and food security, featuring two of the experts who contributed to the fall issue, Josef Janning and Pablo Lapegna. Join the discussion by following #FoodFight on Monday, October 5 at 11:00 am EST. For more information, check the event page here.

Food Fight,” the fall issue of World Policy Journal, is now on newsstands. From the expanding global waistline to the relationship between food and cultural identity, the magazine explores some of the most pressing culinary matters of our time.

 

Book Releases

Harry Edelson, a member of the World Policy Advisory Council, published his new book, Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous. Edelson, reflecting on his successful banking and investment career, shares his secrets to financial and emotional health.

William Powers, a World Policy Senior Fellow, makes the next stop on his book tour for New Slow City in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 3. His book documents his sustainable, “slow” living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Register here to attend the Los Angeles event and click here for complete tour listings.

 

Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol and Michelle Fanzo appeared on CBC radio's morning news show "The Current" on Monday discussing U.N. Security Council reform in light of the Council's poor response to crises like Syria. 

Lawrence Gutman writes for CNNMoney about the Pope’s recent comments on the U.S.-Cuba reconciliation process.

James H. Nolt will be blogging regularly for TheStreet. Read his latest article on Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump’s protectionist policies here.

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