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World Policy Newsletter, Week of December 2nd

Global Responses to the U.S. Election

President-elect Donald Trump’s shocking win on Nov. 8 has panicked some world leaders while delighting others. World Policy Journal examines these global reactions as a Trump presidency approaches.

While Pakistani officials congratulated Donald Trump after his victory, pundits remain uncertain about how the result might affect the country. Zeeshan Salahuddin discusses the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations and the “Trump mania” has taken hold of both politicians and ordinary citizens. 

In India, some Hindu nationalists celebrated Trump’s win. Kavitha Rajagopalan compares Trump’s political views with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, warning that an allegiance between the two leaders could feed Islamophobia and violence against minorities.

Examining the combined repercussions of the U.S. election and the U.K’s Brexit decision, Jonathan Stubbs cautions that the dream of a united Europe is at risk as politicians pander to nationalist movements. 

Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol appeared in the New York Times podcast, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know on Nov. 20.

Kerstin Fisk interviewed David N. Saperstein, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, during his visit to Loyola Marymount University last week.

William Hartung was quoted by Newsweek in an article regarding former House Armed Services Committee chair Buck McKeon’s signing on as lobbyist for Saudi Arabia. He also published a letter in The Washington Post and a piece for TomDispatch on the potential impact of a Trump presidency on Pentagon spending and the arms industry.

Shaun Randol participated in a New York University panel discussion, “Print Activism in 21st Century Africa” on Dec. 1. The event examined how African print journals are spreading political and intellectual thought and highlighted emerging trends in book and online publishing in the diaspora. Listen to the conversation here.

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From bartering to coins, paper, and virtual currency, economic transfers have taken many forms over the centuries to facilitate finance and trade. Yet, as historian Rebecca L. Spang explains on the latest episode of World Policy On Air, the narrative tying changes in money to technological progress obscures the political aspects of currency and the inequality it produces. 

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