World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 9th

Around the World

On Saturday, Oct. 3, a Doctors Without Borders hospital was hit by U.S. airstrikes in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 people. In an article from World Policy Journal’s Fall 2013 issue, Jason Cone and Françoise Duroch of Doctors Without Borders show that the failure of state and non-state actors to respect the right to medical care is a familiar trend in conflict areas.

In Turkey, since the ruling party failed to form a coalition government following general elections in June, voters will be returning to the polls on Nov. 1. World Policy Journal’s Laurel Jarombek outlines the positions of Turkey’s four main political parties, arguing that ideological polarization and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political ambitions have exacerbated inter-party tensions.

Meanwhile, Cuba’s efforts to become an increasingly engaged global actor go far beyond economic integration and the restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States. Renata Keller discusses the steps the island nation is taking, beginning with the brokering of the Colombia peace accords last week.

Finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Louis Albert de Broglie, known as the “Gardener Prince,” argues that by experimenting with permaculture, microfarming, and other sustainable techniques, agriculture can play a key role in creating a more productive global food system.


Around the Institute

On Thursday, Oct. 15, World Policy Institute is hosting a members-only World Economic Roundtable on “Between Debt and the Devil:  Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance,” featuring Adair Turner, former Chairman of Britain’s Financial Services Authority and currently Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Mr. Turner will explain why the central cause of the global financial crisis was not too-big-to-fail banks but the addiction to private debt. He will also outline his thoughts on how to manage the huge debt overhang left by the crisis, including his ideas for monetizing government debt and financing deficits with central bank money. The event is being held in cooperation with The Private Debt Project of the Governor’s Woods Foundation.

This event is 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. Your support is essential to making our programs and events possible, and we hope you will consider making your tax-deductible gift today.

And if you haven’t picked up a copy of World Policy Journal‘s fall issue, “Food Fight,” buy it on newsstands 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 Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, Oct. 11th. His book documents his sustainable, “slow” living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Register here to attend the Albuquerque event and click here for complete tour listings.

Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol appeared on 90.5 fm Busan, South Korea’s morning show “Morning Wave,” on Oct. 2, discussing the history of the UNSC and current efforts to reform it.  He spoke about different aspects of the conflict in Syria to Al JazeeraAl-Monitor, and France24.  This Saturday he will appear on the panel “Challenges in the Middle East” at the annual International Security Studies conference in Springfield, MA.

Erica Dingman writes for Arctic in Context on Shell’s suspension of exploratory drilling in Alaska and the implications for the local economy.

Siddarth Dube‘s new book, No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sexdue out in November 2015, is excerpted in the October issues of India’s Caravan Magazine.

Swadesh Rana’s article, “India’s Doctrinal Resilience and Strategic Autonomy” is now in the special section of the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses’s 50th Anniversary issue of Strategic Analysis.

Damaso Reyes spent his summer working on a series of radio documentaries about the history and experiences of people of color in Germany and Poland. Listen to Reyes explain his experiences in three documentaries airing on KSFR Santa Fe on Here and There.



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