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World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 29, 2015

Welcome to World Policy’s weekly newsletter, featuring the latest news from across our major platforms—media, programming, and fellowship.

Around the World

Now that the U.S. has assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it must reconcile two often-opposing agenda—environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. Mia Bennett argues that an increase in Alaskan offshore drilling threatens to put the entire region at risk and further deter efforts to reduce U.S. dependency on oil.

Meanwhile, four years after the Syrian civil war began, Evan Gottesman interviews Talal Derki, director of the new film, Return to Homs, which follows Abdul Baset Al-Sarout, a 19-year-old football star, through his country’s conflict. Surprisingly, rather than lingering on the moments of violence, the film focuses on Abdul and his friends, who keep the spirit of Homs alive. Return to Homs has its broadcast premiere Monday, July 20, 2015 at 10 p.m. on PBS.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, as the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran steadily approaches, leaders from across the world anxiously anticipate the results of the negotiations. Host David Alpern speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense William Beecher about the controversial role that Congress will play in finalizing the deal, and what a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran would look like if a deal is not reached.

Around the Institute

World Policy Institute and World Policy Journal are proud to welcome the 2015 summer intern class. We received an unprecedented number of applications this spring—over 100—and chose the top 14 candidates to participate in our intensive summer program. Our interns hail from three continents, speak a total of twelve languages, and represent schools as diverse as the Paris School of Economics, Sciences Po Grenoble, University of St. Andrews, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and Loyola Marymount University. Over the course of the summer, they will research and assist in developing Institute projects and events, design the fall issue of the Journal, and build a variety of interactives for our expanding online audience.

Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir delves into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political horse-trading in his latest article for Huffington Post.

Michelle Fanzo spoke at TEDxPittsburgh on "Making Pittsburgh the Next Global City," describing a new wave of global cities based on innovation, connection, and decentralization.

James H. Nolt, in his latest for Polarizing Political Economy, detours into recent financial headlines to illustrate how political and market power blur the lines between fact and fiction.

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