World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 27th

Around the World

Protesters have been in the streets calling for electoral and political reform in the Gambia since April 14, and dozens have been arrested. Sanna Camara explores President Jammeh’s intolerance of dissent and how an infant girl was caught in the crosshairs of government repression.

Meanwhile, the reforms introduced in the Saudi Vision 2030 plan could affect the alliance between the Saudi monarchy and religious clerics. Shehab Al Makahleh and Theodore Karasik contend that progressive economic and social change could exacerbate the tensions in this relationship.

Over the past decade, the Arctic has moved to the forefront of Denmark’s foreign policy agenda. Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen discusses the political challenges that arise in reframing Danish nationhood to emphasize the role of its autonomous territories, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Sam Winter-Levy of Foreign Affairs describes the real dangers of so-called “machine super-intelligence” and the care that tech companies and world leaders must take as technology moves closer to this perhaps inevitable end.

Around the Institute

The next roundtable discussion in World Policy Institute’s Cuban Reset program on Thursday, June 2, titled “Cuba’s Economic Outlook: Prospects for Regional Integration,” will feature Dr. Carlos Alzugaray, Cuba’s former envoy to the European Union and leading analyst of Cuban-U.S. relations. Dr. Alzugaray will provide a snapshot of U.S.-Cuban relations during a moment of remarkable change and uncertainty, assess the state of Cuba’s economic reforms amid growing U.S. investment, and discuss what President Barack Obama’s visit means for the future of Cuban governance. This event is by invitation only.

On Wednesday, June 8, as part of the Global Leader Briefing Series and in association with the World Economic Roundtables, World Policy Institute presents a private discussion with Maurice R. Greenberg. The former CEO will expound on the implications of the AIG legacy and what it means for the U.S. role in international affairs, its approach to business, its legal system, and its handling of financial crises. He will also offer new perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and black swans dotting today’s global economic landscape. This event is by invitation only.

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

Fellow Updates

Jonathan Cristol discusses the national security threats that a Trump presidency would create on World Policy On Air and writes about nuclear proliferation in MUNPlanet.

Nina Khrushcheva writes in the Irish Examiner about world leaders’ diplomatic blunders.

Shaun Randol interviews Egyptian-American writer Yahia Lababidi on the occasion of the publication of his new book of poetry. Listen to the interview on The Mantle’s SoundCloud channel.

Sherle R. Schwenninger discusses Donald Trump’s challenge to U.S. foreign policy orthodoxy in The Nation.

Khadija Sharife explains the connections between the Panama Papers, human rights, and health in the Health and Human Rights Journal.

Kim Taipale is moderating a panel on “Globalization, Technology Innovation, and Economic Disruption” at the Common Good Forum on Friday, May 27 at the University Club in New York.

Lissa Weinmann received a Vermont Humanities Council grant to curate and host the Windham World Affairs Council’s monthly “Understanding Cuba Through Film” series. The series will present films from or about Cuba that explore essential aspects of socialist Cuban society.



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