World Policy Newsletter, Week of March 18th

Around the Institute

World Policy Institute’s Program for African Thought and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University’s Earth Institute released a white paper titled “The ENACTS Approach: Transforming Climate Services in Africa One Country at a Time.” The paper explains the challenges of climate monitoring in Africa, and shows how previously unavailable climate data could be used by federal and local government to address climate-related risks. Drawing on information in this report, governments in The Gambia, Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Zambia, Kenya, and soon Uganda will have ENACTS as a crucial tool at their disposal. Read WPI fellow David Stevensintroduction to the paper.

On Wednesday, March 23, World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on “Europe and the German Economy: New Stresses and Strains,” featuring Gabor Steingart, chairman of the Handelsblatt publishing group. Steingart will offer his views on how the world’s largest economy is handling the new stresses and strains created by the large influx of immigrants. He will also touch on the lingering challenges posed by the euro crisis as well as the array of new tensions within Europe that are raising questions about the future of the European Union. This event is by invitation only.

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Around the World

The threats of cultural clashes and violence are rising in Europe as refugees and migrants from North Africa and the Middle East continue to arrive. Jonathan Power proposes that Europeans and immigrants alike need to adjust to Europe’s changing demographics.

Meanwhile, in the Arctic, thinking about future scenarios is difficult given the overlapping histories, geographies, and interests of the various regional players. Klaus Dodds and Duncan Depledge argue that it is important to continue these discussions in international forums and to include the northern and indigenous communities that will be affected by the decisions.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General Ángel Gurría discusses the causes of slowed development in emerging economies throughout Latin America and how the OECD is trying to promote structural reform, transparency, and investment in sustainable growth.


Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir was interviewed by Radio Sputnik about the crackdown on independent media in Turkey, and by Press TV about the Syrian peace talks. He will also be moderating a panel on Wednesday, March 23 at the Peace Islands Institute titled “The Perception of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.” RSVP here for the event.

Michael Genovese interviewed Philippines President Benigno Aquino III about critical issues in the Philippines’ foreign and domestic policies.

James H. Nolt writes about the roots of economic instability on Polarizing Political Economy.



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