World Policy Newsletter: Week of July 17th

Around the World

Teetering on the brink of insolvency, Greece approved a bailout package with a series of new austerity measures guaranteed to heighten financial fears for millions of Greek citizens. Reflecting on last week’s summit, Peter Atwater explains how Greece’s constant peril not only threatens its own political security, but also that of the entire European Union.

And after months of tense negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on a historic nuclear deal this week. Jonathan Cristol argues that, however flawed, the deal paves the way for a U.S.-Iranian partnership that can help stabilize the Middle East.

Finally, the modern world’s addiction to fossil fuels has proven detrimental to our ecosystem, but renewable energy sources come at a high price and pose several major technological difficulties. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, Israeli scientist David Andelman explains that nuclear energy may be the only viable near-term alternative and delves into the process of achieving a more energy efficient future.

Around the Institute

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Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir, in an article for The Huffington Post, offers suggestions for how the Israeli and Palestinian governments can pursue a two-state solution through a series of confidence-building measures.

Lawrence Gutman, in his latest for The Cuban Reset, counters major skepticism from U.S. Republicans over Cuba’s capability to build a diversified, equitable economy.

James H. Nolt, in his blog for Polarizing Political Economy, explores China’s economic success, arguing it poses no immediate threat to Western superpowers due to its largely inferior military complex.



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