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World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 13th

Around the World

World Policy Institute's Arctic in Context initiative, directed by Senior Fellow Erica Dingman, co-hosted a conference at the Wilson Center examining the theme of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council: “One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities.”

Ashley Chappo outlines the highlights of the two-day workshop, which featured perspectives from across this diverse region. During the conference, World Policy Journal also presented a live Twitter chat, asking a panel of experts to weigh in on the theme of “One Arctic” as it relates to Arctic nations and indigenous peoples. The conversation tackled questions crucial to understanding the role of Arctic nations, sub-national actors, and indigenous peoples in the region’s future.

Across the African continent, routine immunization systems are falling behind. In light of the resurgence of infectious diseases like yellow fever, Dr. Folake Olayinka argues that health care services must become more reliable and proactive in order to increase vaccination coverage. Meanwhile, Astrid R.N. Haas examines the effort to eradicate Guinea worm in South Sudan, arguing that despite the lack of a vaccination, epidemiology, political factors, and economic incentives are aligning to halt the spread of the parasitic infection.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Devyn Spence Benson, assistant professor of history and African and African-American studies at Louisiana State University, discusses Cuba's mixed record on race policies and anti-black discrimination as documented in her new book, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution.


Around the Institute

The next roundtable discussion in World Policy Institute’s Cuban Reset program on Thursday, June 2, titled “Cuba’s Economic Outlook: Prospects for Regional Integration,” will feature Dr. Carlos Alzugaray, Cuba’s former envoy to the European Union and leading analyst of Cuban-U.S. relations. Dr. Alzugaray will provide a snapshot of U.S.-Cuban relations during a moment of remarkable change and uncertainty, assess the state of Cuba’s economic reforms amid growing U.S. investment, and discuss what President Barack Obama’s visit means for the future of Cuban governance. This event is by invitation only.

On Wednesday, June 8, as part of the Global Leader Briefing Series and in association with the World Economic Roundtables, World Policy Institute presents a private discussion with Maurice R. Greenberg. The former CEO will expound on the implications of the AIG legacy and what it means for the U.S. role in international affairs, its approach to business, its legal system, and its handling of financial crises. He will also offer new perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and black swans dotting today’s global economic landscape. 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 in The Huffington Post about the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. An audio version of the article is available on SoundCloud.

Jonathan Cristol writes in the World Policy Blog about why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would face vastly different international security challenges as president. He also spoke with Middle East Eye about the dangers Trump’s Middle East policies pose for the region.

Siddharth Dube is quoted in a recent New York Times Magazine article about the socioeconomic context and complex dynamics of sex work in India.

William Hartung discusses wasteful spending at the Pentagon on “Rising Up with Sonali,” a syndicated radio show based in Los Angeles.

James H. Nolt writes in Polarizing Political Economy about the implications of international relations theories for multilateral trade treaties and addressing deflationary pressures.



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