World Policy Newsletter, Week of August 18th

From terrorism to climate change, the world’s most intractable problems cannot be solved without the input of diverse voices or support for marginalized groups. This week, we take a look at steps being taken to expand policy conversations and confront injustices.

Katie Aspen Gavenus argues that as the Arctic Council moves toward integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Western science to address environmental change, indigenous organizations are pulling most of the weight.

Gertrude Adwoa Offeibea Ansaaku explains how addressing youth unemployment and reducing economic inequality will reduce the threat posed by violent extremist groups across West Africa.

World Policy Journal spoke with Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch about the purge targeting Chechnya’s LGBT community earlier this year—and the efforts of Russian NGOs and international actors to stop it.


World Policy Recommends

World Policy fellow David Stevens, director of the Program for African Thought at World Policy Institute, offers recommended reading for insight behind this week’s headlines.

Media perceptions of Africa are often accused of being overly negative, focusing only on war, disease, and poverty. A new study by the Brookings Institution takes an empirical look at Africa in the media landscape, examining how major news outlets cover the continent and some of its most prominent countries.

Meanwhile, in Kenya, a contentious election sparked fears of a return to the post-election violence seen in previous years. This alarm was heightened when opposition leader Raila Odinga questioned the results of a vote that international monitors deemed mostly free and fair. In the end, large-scale violence did not break out, and Uhuru Kenyatta looks set to begin his final term as president, pending a Supreme Court review. After another problematic if largely successful election, the Institute for Security Studies asks, “Will Kenya always be the country of the future?


World Policy On Air

This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, about how Trump’s militaristic and transactional approach to foreign policy affects the world’s perception of the U.S. presidency.



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