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Al Jazeera America recently interviewed Jonathan Cristol, World Policy Fellow and Director of Globalization and International Affairs at Bard College, on new revelations that the NSA conducted espionage on the last three presidents of France. Cristol boils down the geopolitical consequences of this story and its impact on a central alliance in the West's campaign against the Islamic State.
Al Jazeera America recently interviewed Belinda Cooper, senior World Policy Fellow and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, about the trial of Oskar Groenig, the 93-year-old former Auschwitz bookkeeper. Despite pleas for forgiveness, Groenig could face three to 15 years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 people. Cooper highlights the symbolic significance of Germany's decision to try the former SS guard 70 years later.
The battle for Tikrit will not be the turning point in the war against IS, says World Policy Journal editor and publisher David A. Andelman in a debate on France 24. Alongside researchers in northern Iraq and Washington, and a French legislator recently returned from a visit to Syrian President Bashar Assad, the debate pivoted on the question of whether the sectarian breaches in Iraq can be set aside long enough for the Iraqi army to take on IS—a most unlikely prospect.
A Huffington Post Live broadcast with guests, including World Policy Journal editor-in-chief David A. Andelman, critique Jeb Bush's debut foreign policy speech in Chicago. Distancing himself from the legacies of his brother and father, the former Florida governor pronounced that "I am my own man." As such, Governor Bush insists his views of the world are a product of his own device, but is that truly the case? The guest panel of Huffington Post Live weighs in.
A Huffington Post Live broadcast with guests, including World Policy Journal editor-in-chief David A. Andelman, explored the existential threat of ISIS to the United States and the West. The segment explored the nature and value of American armed action and examined how such moves could affect the shifting alliances in the region, particularly amid the ongoing civil war in Syria.
In the past week, Israeli-Palestinian violence reached a new peak, with Hamas launching rockets indiscriminately into Israel and the Israeli military responding with intense defensive airstrikes in Gaza. What would it take for a ceasefire and ultimately a peace-deal between the two countries? Yaffa Fredrick, managing editor at World Policy Journal, appeared on Al Jazeera America on July 12, 2014 to discuss the crisis engulfing a region all too familiar with conflict.
Though Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire in 2012, the two parties failed to negotiate a more permanent settlement. While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has overseen the creation of a unity government with Fatah and Hamas, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains steadfast in his decision not to negotiate with a government that includes Hamas representation. Thus, because peace negotiations never gained momentum, Fredrick argues that the 2012 ceasefire inevitably was going to be broken.
The continuing violence reveals how seemingly irreconcilable the goals between Israel’s government and Hamas are. In dealing with these opposing goals, Fredrick argues outside political actors become indispensable. Though not a neutral actor, the United States has historically been a major player in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also has the political and financial clout to usher in change.
Can the current leaders broker peace, or does the conflict require a change in leadership? The fact that Netanyahu refuses to sit down with the current Palestinian leadership, as well as Abbas’s failure to curb Hamas violent resistance, suggests that a change of leadership may, in fact, be necessary. As events unfold in the coming weeks, the world eagerly awaits for and end to the violence.
Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko inherets a politically volatile country torn between the East and the West. In light of separatist referendums, a violent coup, and ongoing violence Ukraine's future will be a rocky one. Will Poroshenko be able to navigate it strategically?
World Policy Journal editor David A. Andelman discussed on Al Jazeera America how the business mogul and multi-billion dollar "Chocolate King," may in fact be able to mitigate virtually opposite worlds. A succesful capitalist and oligarch, Poroshenko understands the world of Russian politics. Similarly, Russia's Vladimir Putin is likely to see Poroshenko as a leader perhaps not unlike himself, Andelman noted. While tension between Ukraine and Russia remains high, Poroshenko may be able to effectively work with the belligerent Kremlin.
At the same time, Poroshenko has expressed support for a Ukraine more closely allied to the European Union, a promising sign for pro-Western Ukranians. As right-wing parties sweep European Parliamentary elections in Western Europe, Ukraine's new oligarch will be able to deal and work with the newly elected leaders. Poroshenko, politically connected capitalist and a large supplier of jobs, may be able to woo both pro-Western Ukrainians, pro-Russian Ukranians, and a wary Putin.
The recent referendum in eastern Ukraine reflected far more a desire of the region to achieve a degree of independence than any real will to be ruled by Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin leadership in Moscow. World Policy Journal editor David A. Andelman said on Al Jazeera America that, given the country's hostile political climate, the poll's results would over-represent the pro-Russia vote. When it comes to what's driving the referendum, Andelman argues that the region's deep cultural roots with Russia are the leading factor.
At the same time, Andelman argued, Putin would scarcely welcome eastern Ukraine with open arms. While Putin was eager to snatch Crimea for strategic reasons, eastern Ukraine is not as attractive to the Kremlin. Unlike the prime military port of Crimea-—Russia's only year-round warm-water naval facility—acquiring underdeveloped eastern Ukraine would be a financial burden to Russia. In short, the referendum is a statement by Ukrainians that they want to make their own choices about their government.
David A. Andelman, editor of World Policy Journal, argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already won in his quest for Crimea. He further makes the case that Ukraine is a critical buffer between Russia and the European Union.
This year's Tisch Forum, "Confronting a Superstorm of Challenges: A New American Grand Strategy," explored the ways in which U. S. public health policy must, moving forward, be formulated in the broadest possible context. It examined the ways in which, on both the domestic and international fronts, public health is intertwined with a host of other issues, including environmental policy, climate change, national security and the economy. The silos in which policy in each area has been created — a divided approach which has outlived its usefulness — are outmoded and counterproductive, at a potential price of American global leadership. Moderated by World Policy Institute president, Michele Wucker, the panel discussed how to build and follow through on a new approach both to public health and the myriad issues of public policy to which it is connected in today's world, calling for a renewed focus on collaboration across policy-fronts and international borders.
As the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I approaches, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted an event to discuss the rivalries and alliances in Europe during the years leading up to the war. David A. Andelman, World Policy Journal Editor-in-Chief, moderated the discussion with acclaimed historians Margaret MacMillan and Robert K. Massie.
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Michele Wucker, president of the World Policy Institute, discusses the nature of high impact and highly probable "Grey Rhino" crises at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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David Andelman, Editor of the World Policy Journal, discusses the World in 2030.
"A new report projects that by 2030 the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower. Should we be concerned?"
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Sophal Ear and Christopher Shay outline an alternative path for post-conflict countries such as Cambodia, where self-driven development coexists alongside vital foreign aid.
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World Policy's Hans Humes discusses European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's bond-buying proposal and Germany's potential response. Humes spoke with Deirdre Bolton and Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."
Before meeting "Around the Table" to celebrate the next 50 years of the World Policy Institute, our senior fellows and staff came together to reflect on their time with the Institute, the opportunities it has provided, and their accomplishments throughout the years.
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WPI's 1974 film "Voyage to Next," with music by Dizzy Gillespie and animation by John and Faith Hubley.
WPI Senior Fellow Mira Kamdar reflects on her time and experiences at World Policy Institute.
(This is the first in a series of interviews on the history of the World Policy Institute leading up to World Policy Around the Table: A 50th Anniversary Celebration and Conversation)
WPI Board Member Jay Pelosky talks about the outlook for the U.S. economy and his investment strategy. He speaks with Lisa Murphy, Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."