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World Policy Newsletter, Week of January 20th

World Policy Interrupted

In the U.S., women write only about a quarter of newspaper op-eds—and even that low number falls precipitously when one looks only at international affairs pieces. To respond to this gender disparity, World Policy Journal teamed up with Lauren Bohn and Elmira Bayrasli, co-founders of Foreign Policy Interrupted—an organization that works to identify, develop, and amplify the voices of women in international affairs and journalism—to flip this ratio.

On an episode of World Policy On Air, Istanbul-based correspondent Lauren Bohn discusses the Winter 2016/2017 issue, which imagines a media landscape where all the foreign policy experts quoted, by-lined, and miked are women.

Timed with the release of this issue, the World Policy Blog is featuring a series of interviews with female experts from around the world. To kick off this series, World Policy Journal spoke to Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, foreign minister of the Republic of Botswana and a candidate for chairperson of the African Union, about the organization’s role in addressing key challenges and realizing the continent’s potential.

World Policy is hosting a launch party for our all-women’s issue on Wednesday, Feb. 1. We’ll be celebrating the important work by the brilliant women featured in this issue as well as those around the globe reporting on and analyzing the world’s most pressing problems.

Around the Institute

World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on “China’s Economic Management at the Beginning of the Trump Era: Turbulence Ahead or Steady-As-You-Go,” featuring Leland R. Miller, co-founder and CEO of the China Beige Book. A noted expert on China’s economy and its financial system, Miller will offer his insights on China’s currency strategy in the face of Trump, including Beijing’s efforts to stem unwanted capital outflows. He will also give his latest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in the Chinese economy based on the latest surveys of the China Beige Book.

Please note this is a members-only event. If you’d like to attend, please consider enrolling in the World Policy Membership Program today.

Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir spoke with Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, on the latest episode of his podcast, On the Issues.

Erica Dingman writes about the confluence of Arctic warming and energy demand in Arctic in Context.

Michael A. Genovese published a new book, The War Power in an Age of Terrorism: Debating Presidential Power.

William Hartung is discussing Brexit, Trump and more in conversation with John Feffer, author the new dystopian novel Splinterlands. The event will take place at New York University on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:00 pm.

Anja Kaspersen and Wendell Wallach explain why technological and digital transformation should top the new U.N. secretary-general’s agenda.

Nadine Kreisberger writes in Medium about Trump and Jungian psychology, alchemy, and Silicon Valley.

Shaun Randol attended the PEN American Center’s Writers Resist demonstration against Donald Trump’s authoritarian hostility toward free speech with the staff of The Mantle.



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