World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 5th

Around the World

The latest rounds of electoral violence in Burundi have been branded ethnically-motivated massacres, causing concern about a potential genocide. Roland Rugero argues that using the word ‘genocide’ in reference to the killings is inaccurate and dangerous, and that the best way to end the cycle of violence is to address the difficult conditions facing Burundi’s youth.

Meanwhile, climate change has been wreaking havoc on sea bird colonies across the Arctic, as evidenced by a recent murre die-off on the shores of Prince William Sound in Alaska. Edward Struzik calls for international cooperation to respond faster to climate-related changes taking place in the region.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Anjan Sundaram, author of Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, discusses the steps that Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s regime has taken to control the country’s media and silence independent journalists.


Around the Institute

Can democracies develop sound foreign policies? On Feb. 9, 2016, please join us for the inaugural event of Los Angeles’ new research center and think tank, the World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University.‌‌ A distinguished panel discussion will feature four former U.S. ambassadors, Ambassador Alan Blinken, Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill, Ambassador Rockwell Schnabel, and Ambassador Derek Shearer. Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount University will moderate the discussion on diplomacy and the 2016 presidential election. Register here or watch the livestream here.

On Feb. 10, 2016, Fellows Jonathan Cristol and David Stevens will be holding the monthly talk series Jargon Redacted, in which they lead an engaging conversation on key issues in foreign relations and international politics. This month they will look at the role of fear in politics and foreign policy. To attend this event, please register here (Password: worldpolicy).

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. This event is by invitation only. If you’d like to attend invitation-only events, please consider enrolling in the World Policy Membership Program today.


Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir hosts the first “Global Leaders” conversation with Ambassador to the United Nations Yaşar Halit Çevik of Turkey. The event will take place at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs on Feb. 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Register here.

Jonathan Cristol provides a primer on American presidential politics, beginning with a discussion of the upcoming primary season.

Michael A. Genovese appeared on CBS KCAL9 to discuss what to expect during the Iowa caucuses.



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