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World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 10th

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John Mukum Mbaku lays out the challenges that the newly elected African Union chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad, will face, from threats to security and development to a bureaucracy in need of reform.

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down on Jan. 21. Sanna Camara analyzes the role that civil society played in this political crisis, celebrating the re-emergence of citizens' voices in public debate.

On last week’s episode of  World Policy On Air, Nairobi-based political analyst Nanjala Nyabola discusses parliamentary quota systems in East Africa and what happens when they are undermined by patriarchy.

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Alon Ben-Meir spoke with Steve Schlesinger, a specialist on the foreign policies of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, on the latest episode of his podcast, On the Issues.

Jonathan Cristol wrote about the recent Iranian missile tests for Mic and interviewed award-winning documentarian Molly Bingham for “Off-the-record, on-the-record.”

Michael Genovese was quoted in the Vatican’s Religious Information Service evaluating the performance of President Barack Obama.

William D. Hartung is speaking at The New School’s event “Myths of the Global Arms Trade” on Monday, Feb. 13 at 8:00 pm. And he is participating in a panel discussion, “Brexit, Trump, What’s Next?” at The New School on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Paul Hockenos will publish a new book this May titled Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin. The book is a never-before-told account of the Berlin Wall’s momentous crash as seen through the eyes of East and West Berlin’s street artists and punk rockers, underground impresarios and anarchist agitators.

William Powers has been awarded the Susanna Colloredo Environmental Writing Fellowship and will be writer-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in June 2017.

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