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World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 6th

Around the World

"It wasn’t supposed to be." In a stunning upset, the AKP won enough votes last weekend to secure its fourth consecutive term of single-party rule in Turkey. Elmira Bayrasli analyzes the factors contributing to the AKP's shocking victory and the political implications of the party's continued dominance. 

The Conservative Party's campaign in the Canadian elections featured incendiary rhetoric about “barbaric cultural practices” in an attempt to exploit anti-immigrant sentiments. Ian Ward argues that encouraging suspicion of immigrants and religious minorities in Canada undermines the mutual trust upon which democracy is based.

Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the largely unregulated bauxite mining industry is creating toxic clouds of red dust that are choking the countryside. Craig Moran examines the ecological and health perils of Malaysia's newest industry.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, author, World Policy Institute fellow, and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted Elmira Bayrasli discusses the surprising results of the Turkish elections last weekend and the curious role the Kurdish vote played in the AKP’s victory.


Around the Institute

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m., 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 today, Friday, Nov. 6.

World Policy Institute will be partnering with The Economist on its Cuba Summit in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3. The recent shift in U.S.-Cuban relations gives a further boost to Cuba’s integration with the global economy, opening a new frontier for international companies. With in-depth insight and analysis and a distinctly global perspective, the Cuba Summit will explore the most pressing issues facing potential investors in Cuba. Hear from Economist editors, senior leaders, and those most familiar with Cuba to learn how to navigate the short- and long-term risks and opportunities of doing business there. Save $400 on the standard rate when you register with our special code: WPI400Sign up here.


Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol writes for the World Policy Blog about two proposals for UNSC veto reform.

Patricia DeGennaro wrote a chapter titled “Can the ‘She’ Clinton be Commander in Chief?” in the book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, which will be released Nov. 3.

William Powers was interviewed for CNN and Forbes about his latest book New Slow City and working a 20-hour week.

The Mantle, a forum for progressive critique run by Shaun Randol, is hosting writers Donald Molosi and Chinelo Okparanta at Shakespeare & Co. in New York to discuss their latest works. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.



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