World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 25th

Around the World

Rising powers and underrepresented regions are calling for an expansion of membership and transparency within the U.N. Security Council. World Policy Institute’s Jonathan Cristol argues against reform, saying that the closed-door debates and veto powers held by the P5 better reflects the geopolitical realities of today than when the Council was first founded.

In the Arctic Circle, climate change is posing an immediate threat to subsistence ways of life on the Alaskan coast. Lou Del Bello explores the impacts of changing environmental conditions on the Alaska Native community in Tikigaq, arguing that the global climate change conversation must make space for the voices of the people who are most vulnerable to its effects.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party maintains strict control over a government-approved historical narrative. World Policy Journal’s Abby Shamray explains recent resistance on Chinese social media to the authorities’ efforts to spread false information about China’s role in World War II.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Senior Fellow Elmira Bayrasli discusses her recently released book, Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneur. Profiling seven entrepreneurs in seven countries, Bayrasli explains how the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos or Nairobi as he is from Silicon Valley.


Around the Institute

Next week, World Policy Institute will be hosting two members-only events. The first is an informal conversation with Manuel Sánchez, Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Mexico. The talk will focus on Mexico’s economic and market perspectives in the context of a global environment of weak energy prices, low inflation, and slow growth, as well as the considerable upside of strong new investment in the many industries linked to the U.S. economy. The second event is “Georgia – Making Business Easy,” hosted by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. In addition to a delegation from World Policy, the event will include the Georgian Prime Minister and several business leaders from the Georgian private sector. The economic sectors in focus will be energy, manufacturing, logistics, communication, and real estate/tourism.

These events are a crucial part of our efforts to bring a fresh perspective to the policymaking table, and we are thrilled to offer these opportunities to our members. World Policy Membership offers a number of benefits and puts you at the center of our community of professionals engaged in innovative, solution-oriented dialogues on crucial global challenges.

Finally, if you haven’t picked up a copy of “Food Fight,” the fall issue of World Policy Journal, do so today! 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


William Powers makes the next stop on his book tour for New Slow City in Davis, California on Sunday, Sept. 27. His book documents his sustainable, “slow” living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Register here to attend the Davis event and click here for complete tour listings.

Fellow Updates

Ruth Ben-Ghiat writes for CNN about the importance of multilingualism to the United States’ economic and national security interests. Ben-Ghiat also gave a lecture at Bard College on Thursday, Sept. 24 about her book, Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema.

Michelle Fanzo spoke at a conference on 21st Century Cities as part of Thrival, an innovation and music festival in Pittsburgh. She moderated the panel “Why Being Internationally Connected is Essential to a Global Economy” on Monday, Sept. 21.

James H. Nolt writes for TheStreet on the gap between Republican presidential candidates’ campaign promises and changes they could realistically deliver. Nolt also writes for the Polarizing Political Economy blog on the current phase of globalization.

David Stevens introduces a survey project initiated by the Program for African Thought at World Policy Institute and Fireside Research on the African consumer class. Stay tuned for further analysis of the survey results in the coming weeks.



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