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World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 26th

Around the World

In an effort to deal with the refugee crisis, the EU has pledged aid to countries outside of its borders willing to take in migrants. However, Andrew Maina explains that many African refugees are seeking not only physical security, but also greater economic opportunity, and therefore will continue moving to wealthy European countries.

Two years after Euromaidan, Ukraine remains frozen in a conflict with pro-Russian and Russian forces in Donbass. Jonathan Power discusses Ukraine and Russia's failure to fully implement the Minsk agreement as well as the steps the West can take to move toward a resolution of the conflict.

Meanwhile, Brazil attempts to recover from a 2015 environmental catastrophe when a dam owned by the Samarco mining company burst, unleashing a toxic mudslide in the state of Minas Gerais. Ana Wainer and Gian Spina recount their experiences volunteering in the heavily affected city of Mariana in the aftermath of the disaster and call for more policy actions to sanction the Samacro mining company.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, former U.S. State Department foreign affairs officer Amanda Mattingly traces the Castro regime's progress in opening the Cuban economy to international investment and addressing human rights issues.

 

Around the Institute

The video from the Los Angeles launch of the World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University is now available online.

On Wednesday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m., join World Policy Institute in New York at The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice event, a global conference that explores the business case for LGBT inclusion. The event will bring together 200 industry leaders and policymakers shaping the emerging corporate movement addressing LGBT diversity. Speakers include Marriot International CEO and president Arne Sorenson, Biogen CEO George Scangos, American Unity Fund president Margaret Hoover, special envoy to the U.S. State Department Randy Berry, The Dow Chemical Company’s vice-chairman and CEO James R. Fitterling, and the NBA’s president of social responsibility and player programs Kathleen Behrens. Sign up for the event here. Save 20 percent on tickets with the code WPI20.

As part of its Global Leader Briefing Series, and in association with the World Economic Roundtables, World Policy Institute presents a private discussion with the former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra. In self-imposed exile since 2006, following his ouster by the military in a bloodless coup, the Southeast Asian telecom billionaire remains an influentialfigure in Thai politics. This event is by invitation only.

If you would like to attend invitation-only events, please consider a World Policy Membership today.

 

Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu condemning Israel’s leadership and calling for a more reasonable future.

Nina Khrushcheva is speaking about Russia’s role in the Middle East at the International Press Institute’s World Congnress 2016 on Monday, March 21.

Kavitha Rajagopalan spoke at the United Nations’ 14th Annual Meeting on International Migration, an initiative of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Rajagopalan also appeared on an interactive panel for improving public perceptions of migrants.

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