World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 15th

Around the World

Despite the growing backlash against President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz “Lula” da Silva of Brazil, the Bolsa Família program has helped raise many Brazilians out of extreme poverty. Jonathan Power cautions that if Rousseff is impeached, support for the program may diminish, hurting poor Brazilians in the long run.

In Bolivia, President Evo Morales lost his bid to compete in a fourth re-election cycle. Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán argues that Morales has compromised his progressive values and failed his people by ignoring popular opinion, pandering to foreign business interests, and allowing a new political elite to gather power.

Meanwhile, as Arctic-themed branding becomes more popular, the misappropriation of words and ideas relating to the High North is becoming more apparent. World Policy Institute’s Erica M. Dingman discusses the history of exploitation of native populations in the region, arguing that adopting these terms for commercial purposes is a means of stripping identity.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Khadija Sharife of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting and World Policy Institute discusses how the secret dealings revealed in the Panama Papers leaks affect nations across Africa.


Around the Institute

The spring edition of World Policy Journal is now available online and on newsstands. The issue, titled “Black Lives Matter Everywhere,” examines the movements to empower black lives around the world. With investigations into the influence of black power in the banlieues and the politicizing of black deaths in Latin America, the issue delves into the global system of exploitation and the roots of racism.

The World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, in collaboration with Trent University, the University of Washington, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, will host a two-day symposium on April 27-28 exploring the concept of “One Arctic.” As the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship reaches the midpoint, this symposium draws together participants from Arctic agencies, government and non-governmental organizations, indigenous organizations, academia, and the private sector to discuss the implications of rapidly changing conditions in the Arctic. This event is by invitation only.

The next roundtable event in our new World Policy Security Series is titled “The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber-Decision Making.” States are finding themselves in an increasingly interconnected world with a diverse threat spectrum and little understanding of how decisions are made within this amorphous domain. On Monday, May 2, Dr. Aaron Brantly of the U.S. Army will provide insights into the mechanisms that cause states to attack other states in cyberspace. This event is by invitation only.

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


Panama Papers Impact

World Policy Journal continues to contribute reporting on the impact of the Panama Papers, the world’s biggest leak of over 11.5 million records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

A press release from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources on April 11 cited Khadija Sharife and Silas Gbandia’s article about the secrecy in Beny Steinmetz’s diamond empire. The statement continued: “The Ministry, in collaboration with the National Minerals Agency, is conducting a thorough investigation into the allegations, and appropriate action will be taken where necessary.”

Thabo Mbeki, chair of the African Union and U.N. Economic Commission for Africa’s High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, called for action in an April 9 statement on the Panama Papers revelations: “The staggering amount of illicit practices and the large number of global actors exposed by the Panama Papers demonstrate that Governments of Africa and the rest of the world cannot avoid firm action against the Tax Havens/Financial Secrecy Jurisdictions.”

Follow along at the World Policy Journal blog and ANCIR for more stories on the Panama Papers leaks!



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