World Policy Newsletter, Week of January 15th

Around the World

Following this week’s terrorist attack in Istanbul, Oset Babur examines President Tayyip Erdoğan’s crackdowns on press and individual freedoms. She argues that highly polarized media portrayals of the Turkish government preclude a balanced analysis of the tradeoffs between economic stability and political freedom.

Turkey isn’t the only country struggling with the concept of democracy. Behind the cosmopolitan look of its capital city Asmara, Eritrea continues to suffer from the highly repressive regime of President Isaias Afwerki, who has been in power since 1993. Richard Poplak details the collapse of the judicial system and the rise of state surveillance in the East African nation.

And finally, in this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Jonathan Cristol discusses the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Middle East’s two rival powers, and the likely consequences of their most recent skirmish this year.


Around the Institute

On Jan. 21, 2016, World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on the “Economic and Investment Outlook for 2016.” Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research, and Jay Pelosky, principal at J2Z Advisory, will kick off the discussion with their views of the investment outlook for what could be a turbulent year in the global economy and the financial markets.

On Feb. 11, 2016, World Policy Institute will begin its Cuban Reset Dialogues, a yearlong series that will feature leading figures in law, finance, and governance to assess the state of play in U.S.-Cuban reconciliation and trade. Pedro Freyre launches the series by addressing the evolving regulatory space and offering ground-level insight on the prospects for restored bilateral trade and investment.

Both of these events are by invitation only. If you’d like to attend, please consider enrolling in the World Policy Membership Program today.



Alon Ben-Meir writes for Huffington Post on Saudi Arabia’s most recent act of strategic defiance—the execution of Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. An audio version of his article can be accessed here.

Jonathan Cristol and David Stevens held the first of their new, monthly talk series Jargon Redacted, in which they led a conversation on key issues in international politics. Though the event was sold out, there will be further opportunities to attend next month. Follow their Twitter handle for updates.

William Hartung will moderate a discussion of Molly McCartney’s new book, “America’s War Machine: Vested Interested, Endless Conflict” at the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. To attend, RSVP here.



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