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World Policy Newsletter, Week of March 11th

Around the Institute

On Wednesday, March 9, World Policy Institute hosted a discussion with Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. This event prompted nearly 10,000 people to sign a petition by the Network of Thais Overseas in opposition to the event. World Policy Journal editors responded that the event was not a secret meeting between shadowy elites, but a chance to hear from and interrogate a figure of global importance.

The prime minister’s remarks garnered attention from various media outlets, such as the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and the Bangkok Post, particularly regarding his comments on the military junta currently in power in Thailand. While living in self-imposed exile for 10 years, Shinawatra remains one of the most influential leaders in the region and a central figure in Thai politics. And with a pivotal constitutional referendum on Thailand’s horizon, his insights are more relevant than ever.

 

Around the World

Two weeks ago, in response to Kamel Daoud’s articles in Le Monde and The New York Times, 19 academics wrote an open letter condemning the pieces. Since then, the writers have been attacked for their use of the term “Islamophobia.” Muriam Haleh Davis, one of the signatories of the letter, argues that the vitriol only highlights how entrenched anti-Muslim discrimination has become.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Ahmet S. Yayla, chairman of the Department of Sociology at Harran University in Şanlıurfa, Turkey, explains the connections between the continuing violence in Syria and the historically porous Syria-Turkey border.

 

Upcoming Events

The next event in our World Policy Security Series, titled “Executing Strategy: Lessons from the Military for the Private Sector,” will take place on Monday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. Malia K. DuMont, co-president and COO of Axis Capital, Inc. and director of strategy for Amur Capital Management, will compare strategic planning and decision-making processes in the government versus private companies. This event is by invitation only.

World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on "Europe and the German Economy: New Stresses and Strains," featuring Gabor Steingart, chairman of the Handelsblatt publishing group. Steingart will offer his views on how the world’s largest economy is handling the new stresses and strains created by the large influx of immigrants. 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 writes about the recent seizure of Turkey’s Feza Publications and the further deterioration of Turkish democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. An audio version of his article is available on Sound Cloud.

Jonathan Cristol will be speaking on Wednesday, March 16 in Atlanta at the International Studies Association Annual Convention as part of a roundtable titled "Promoting Peace through Understanding: Narrowing the Civil-Military Gap with Educational Partnerships.”

Siddharth Dube’s latest column in the Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle newspapers discusses how deeply threatened basic civil rights are in India.

Monique Elfaizy writes for France 24 about the most at-risk population of refugees amassing at EU borders: unaccompanied minors.

William Hartung published an article in US News and World Report about the failures of U.S. military assistance programs. 

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