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World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 30th

Around the World

The #feesmustfall protests across South African universities have reignited the national movement for free and quality education. Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi explores the protests through South Africa's broader historical context and argues that the discontent is about far more than just rising education costs.

In the Middle East, while instability and violence have plagued many states, others have managed to avoid civil strife. Shehab Al Makahleh suggests that steady reforms in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates offer the best models for future security in the region.

Meanwhile, environmentalist groups south of the Arctic are heavily engaged in debates about sustainable development in Arctic policy, often prioritizing climate change above other concerns. Heather Exner-Pirot argues that this focus among activists often disregards the agency of Arctic inhabitants who deserve the opportunity to find their own balance between environmental protection and economic growth.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Francesco Galietti, former advisor to the Italian Minister of Finance, details China’s subtle but precarious entrance into Italian manufacturing and power companies.


Around the Institute

On Friday, Nov. 6, World Policy Institute is hosting a members-only World Economic Roundtable on “What’s Gone Wrong with the European Union—Britain, In or Out?” featuring Geoffrey Van Orden MBE, Member of the European Parliament from the U.K.’s Conservative Party. The timely discussion will address the possibility of Brexit and its implications for Britain and the future of Europe. If you would like to attend, please consider a World Policy Membership today.

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 AM, the World Policy Institute's Program for African Thought will host a private curator-led tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit Kongo: Power & Majesty. This landmark exhibition brings together a stunning collection of masterworks from institutions around the world, including the most comprehensive collection of the iconic Mangaaka, or male power figures, to date. Taken together, the collection tells the story of the early interactions between Africa and Europe and shows, through Kongolese eyes, the changing dynamics of that interaction as slavery and colonialism took hold. Space is limited so please RSVP to by Monday, Nov. 2.


Book Releases

Elmira Bayrasli will be discussing her new book, From the Other Side of the world: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, at the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 PM. Click here to register.

William Powers makes the next stop on his book tour for New Slow City in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6:00 PM. His book documents his sustainable, “slow” living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Click here to register for the New York event, and click here for complete tour listings.


Fellow Updates

Michael Genovese was interviewed for CBS Los Angeles about the Benghazi hearing.

Nina Khrushcheva writes for The Globe and Mail on Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich winning the Nobel Prize for literature.

Todd Lester is contributing to an exhibition at the 10th Bamako Encounters, Biennale of Photography: Telling Time in Bamako, Mali.

Swadesh Rana is speaking at a roundtable discussion on Indian foreign policy at the Asia Society Policy Institute on Monday, Nov. 9. If you would like to attend, RSVP to

Khadija Sharife has been nominated for the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for her article “Catch and Release,” which appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of World Policy Journal.



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