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World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 19th

Around the World

In Cuba, obstacles to reconciliation remain a year after the restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States. Prominent Akerman attorney Pedro Freyre kicked off the World Policy Institute’s inaugural Cuban Reset Dialogues with a conversation about the emerging U.S.-Cuban regulatory framework.

In the United States, foreign policy has consistently taken a neo-conservative or liberal stance. Jonathan Power suggests that the world would be safer and more peaceful had the U.S. instead implemented realist principles.

Meanwhile, conferences addressing Arctic issues, like the recent Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, Norway, rely too heavily on rhetoric, ultimately failing to bring about needed change in the region. Ingrid A. Medby calls for a shift from the promises of yesteryear to more concrete action.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Washington-based environmental journalist Richard Blaustein explains how the construction of the Jordan-based SESAME Project, a synchrotron-light for experimental science, is bringing together scientists and researchers from countries as disparate as Israel and Iran.


Around the Institute

The inspections we put up with at airport gates and the endless warnings we get at train stations, on buses, and all the rest are the way we encounter the vast apparatus of U.S. security. Like the wars fought in its name, these measures are supposed to make us safer in a post-9/11 world. But do they? In the latest event in our new World Policy Security Series, “Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Subways, Airports, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger,” Dr. Harvey Molotch explains how these regimes of command-and-control not only annoy and intimidate but are counterproductive. The discussion will take place Monday, Feb. 22. For more information about this event, please contact

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on "Deflation: Boom or Bust,” featuring Dr. Diana Choyleva, chief economist and head of research at Lombard Street Research. Dr. Choyleva will explain why an economic slowdown in China could be positive for the world economy, resulting in what she calls a “deflationary boom”—though she will also outline what could go wrong with this optimistic baseline scenario, bringing the world economy closer to a deflationary bust. This event is by invitation only.

If you would like to attend invitation-only events, please consider enrolling in the World Policy Membership Program today.


Fellow Updates

Nadine B. Hack, WPI advisory board member and CEO of beCause Global Consulting, is one of seven to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in Trust after several years as one of the international Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. She is featured in a Forbes article as an agent provocateur and in a new Bloomsbury book, Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise.

James H. Nolt spoke to the China Investment Group, a private seminar group in Manhattan, about China's rising loan defaults and the potential for a broader financial calamity.

William Powers speaks to India’s The Week magazine, on a balanced approach to technology engagement, and writes for Bolivia’s Lion’s Roar magazine about “Slow Parenting.”




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