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World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 22nd

Around the World

Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been in self-imposed exile since his ouster a decade ago. After more than two years of public silence, he sat down with World Policy Journal and shared his candid thoughts on the current government, the region’s challenges, and what the future of Thailand could hold.

Roma living in France have long suffered from political disenfranchisement and economic marginalization. Nellie Peyton discusses the increasing violence against the Roma and points to policies that could help these communities access France's social programs.

Meanwhile, the last several decades have witnessed enormous cultural shifts in Botswana, particularly in the capital city of Gaborone. Drawing on personal experience as a woman in academia, Sethunya Mosime argues that educated women’s progress is impeded not by traditional culture, but by the oppressive patriarchal systems found within Botswana's universities.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, founder of the United Kingdom’s Organization of Black Unity, Dr. Kehinde Andrews, discusses his contribution to World Policy Journal’s latest issue, which focuses on the ways black struggles transcend borders.

 

Around the Institute

On April 6, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from World Policy Institute partner Loyola Marymount University. He thanked LMU, saying: “I know you are recognizing not just me, but also the United Nations. Thank you for this vote of support for our efforts to advance peace, development, and human rights across the world.”

On Tuesday, April 26, World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on "Financialization of the American Economy,” featuring Rana Foroohar, economic columnist at Time Magazine and CNN’s global economic analyst. Foroohar will discuss the main themes of her forthcoming book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business. The meeting is being held in cooperation with The Private Debt Project of the Governor’s Woods Foundation. This event is by invitation only.

And the next roundtable event in our new World Policy Security Series is titled “The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber-Decision Making.” States are finding themselves in an increasingly interconnected world with a diverse threat spectrum and little understanding of how decisions are made within this amorphous domain. On Monday, May 2, Dr. Aaron Brantly of the U.S. Army will provide insights into the mechanisms that cause states to attack other states in cyberspace. 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 for The Huffington Post about the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia in maintaining its regional role in the Middle East following recent upheaval and a decline in oil price. An audio version of his article is available on SoundCloud.

Jonathan Cristol discussed Saudi Arabia with Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait at the MoMA. He also spoke with The National Memo about Donald Drumpf’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, with Serbia’s oldest weekly NIN about “frozen conflicts,” and with China Daily about China’s special envoy to the Middle East.

William Hartung published an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that Obama shouldn’t trade cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia’s friendship.

Nina Khrushcheva spoke to Foreign Affairs about whether or not the Putin regime will crumble.

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