World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 29th

Around the World

The governing body of world soccer has been writing the encyclopedia on corruption. Peter Berlin details the illicit dealings of FIFA’s leaders exposed by the Panama Papers leak, calling attention to the need for greater transparency within the organization.

Last week’s suicide attack in Kabul was yet another reminder of the destabilizing effects of the Afghan government’s fight with the Taliban. To delve deeper into the situation in Afghanistan and the prospects for a resolution, World Policy Journal Editor Emeritus David A. Andelman spoke with Saad Mohseni, chairman and CEO of the multinational media company MOBY Group.

Meanwhile, representatives of 175 governments convened last week to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Sébastien Duyck explains that further emissions cuts and regional cooperation, particularly among Arctic countries, will be necessary to meet the targets set in Paris.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Anna Ohanyan, chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Stonehill College, argues for a more diversified, bottom-up approach to reaching a long-term settlement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Around the Institute

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.

On Tuesday, May 10, World Policy will host another security roundtable, “After Obama: The Transatlantic Relationship.” Dr. Jacob Parakilas, assistant director of the U.S. Project at Chatham House, will discuss the status of European-American relationships amid rising nationalism and populism on both sides. He will explain how quarrels about how to handle challenges from Russia and the Middle East, along with broader issues regarding counterterrorism and trade policy, will affect the stability of the transatlantic alliance. 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.

Khadija Sharife and Silas Gbandia reported on the dodgy dealings of the Steinmetz Group in Sierra Leone’s diamond industry. Last week, members of the Sierra Leonean diaspora called for protests against Tiffany & Co. due to the company’s partnership with Octea Group—a company owned by the Steinmetz Group.

South Africa’s Ministry of Finance announced in a media statement last week that it would investigate South Africans connected to offshore bank accounts in the Mossack Fonseca leaks, with relevant government agencies looking into the reports “to ensure that those that have such links have complied with the law.”

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


Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir recently wrote two open letters addressing the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian conflict—one to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the other to the Palestinian leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshal, and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

William Hartung writes in Defense One about what the U.S. Congress could do to increase military preparedness.


Programming note: Beginning in May the newsletter will be bi-monthly. We’ll still bring you the same great content, but in a bit more depth every other week.



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