World Policy Newsletter, Week of March 4th

Around the World

The trafficking of small arms remains a global problem, especially given the rise of insurgent groups such as the Islamic State and recent high-profile episodes of gun violence. David A. Andelman, editor emeritus of World Policy Journal, interviews Aaron Karp and Matt Schroeder from Small Arms Survey to discuss the trends in small arms trafficking and what can be done to address the issue.

As diseases like Ebola and Zika emerge, the global health system is caught off guard again and again. TL Andrews argues that the world's wealthiest nations must lead the effort to develop a new strategy for combating these frightening epidemics.

And, in a personal essay, Siddharth Dube discusses his 30 years of living in India and the U.S., working at the World Bank and the U.N. as a gay man. Dube recounts his early fears, as well as his eventual joy as those organizations worked to reduce discrimination against LGBTI employees.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Burundi native and former Canadian political adviser Amilcar Ryumeko highlights ongoing human rights violations in Burundi.


Around the Institute

As part of its Global Leader Briefing Series, and in association with the World Economic Roundtables, World Policy Institute presents a private discussion with the former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra. In self-imposed exile since 2006, following his ouster by the military in a bloodless coup, the Southeast Asian telecom billionaire remains an influential figure in Thai politics. This event is by invitation only.

On March 14 at 5:30 p.m., Malia K. DuMont, co-president and COO of Axis Capital, Inc and director of strategy for Amur Capital Management, will talk about the similarities and differences in strategy between the military and private sector. She argues that military strategic planning can provide valuable lessons for strategic planning in the financial sector, focusing on how she applies the knowledge she gained from her own career. This event is by invitation only.

If you would like to attend invitation-only events, please consider a World Policy Membership today.


Fellow Updates

Elmira Bayrasli is participating in the March 8 panel “Live and On Air: Getting More Women in Foreign Policy on Television,” hosted by New America, Foreign Policy Interrupted, and Media Matters for America.

Alon Ben-Meir calls upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to practice reason in his most recent feature for SoundCloud, condemning Israel’s recent leadership and calling for a free and secure Jewish state living in peace with its neighbors.

Jonathan Cristol appeared on Channel NewsAsia to discuss Super Tuesday and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Siddharth Dube writes columns for The Asian Age about massive human rights abuses of India's indigenous people and the need to decriminalize sex work. His new book, No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, has been extensively reviewed in India, with several reviewers calling it one of the best books of the year.

Michael Genovese appeared on CBS Los Angeles to discuss the final Republican debate before Super Tuesday.

William Hartung writes for The Huffington Post about the perils of regime change in Libya. He also discusses the rise in arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia for LobeLog.

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