World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 11th

Around the World

As European policymakers come together to address the migrant crisis, they must consider more than border policies and refugee numbers. Peter Atwater argues that Europeans and migrants alike are losing faith in public institutions, creating tensions no government can resolve.

In Lebanon, the nation’s capital bears the scars of decades of sectarian conflict and government corruption. Samer Mohdad's camera navigates the divide between the city's political elite and the young people fighting to control their fate.

Meanwhile, outrage over Cecil the Lion's killing sparked an international clamor targeted at Zimbabwe's animal management policies. Sarah Logan looks into the sale of baby elephants to China, a tactic that produces funds that are meant to bolster conservation efforts, but are instead finding their way into politician’s pockets.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Aliza Goldberg discusses how Turkey’s and the Czech Republic’s approaches toward Jewish culture have shaped disparate public perceptions of Jews. She compares how the two countries have formulated relations with their Jewish populations and suggests that the Czech case can stand as an example for other European countries to follow.

Around the Institute

Next Tuesday September 16, Arctic Deeply and the World Policy Institute, in collaboration with Guggenheim Partners and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, will be hosting a roundtable titled “Asia and the Arctic: Where Things Stand.” The discussion will focus on the dawn of Arctic energy exploration and how Asian nations are faring amid the rapid change. Some of the featured speakers include Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow at NUS, Singapore; Mika Mered of Polarisk Consulting in France; and Mia Bennett of the Department of Geography at UCLA. Event is by invitation only and will be held in Singapore.

Food Fight,” the fall issue of World Policy Journal, is now on newsstands. From the expanding global waistline to the relationship between food and cultural identity, the magazine explores some of the most pressing culinary matters of our time.

Book Releases

Elmira Bayrasli’s new book, From the Other Side of the world: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, was released this week. Profiling seven entrepreneurs in seven countries, Bayrasli explains how the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos as he is from Silicon Valley. On Tuesday September 22, Bayrasli will speak at a private event hosted by the Turkish Philanthropy Fund about her new book. To RSVP, click here.


William Powers makes the second stop on his book tour for New Slow City next Wednesday September 16. His book documents his sustainable, “slow” living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Register here to attend the New York event and click here for complete tour listings.


Fellow Updates

Michael Genovese presented a tribute book to leading academic Thomas E. Cronin at the American Political Science Association annual meeting. The Quest for Leadership: Thomas E. Cronin and His Influence on Presidential Studies and Political Science includes a wide range of articles written by many of today's top political scientists.

Todd Lester’s Lanchonete.org is leading a four-day gardening workshop in an occupied building in São Paulo this weekend and next.

Shaun Randol discusses in an interview with KPFK radio how The Mantle, his newly launched publishing imprint, uses social media to find emerging voices. 

Kim Taipale recently participated in the Munich Security Conference Roundtable on International Cyber Security Norms in New York.



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