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In the 1980s and 1990s, groups of Central American immigrants were deported from the U.S. due to their involvement in organized crime. However, upon return, these groups reestablished gangs in their home countries. World Policy Journal spoke with Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez about violence and migration, as featured in his new book, A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America.
In April, the United States marked the midpoint of its two-year term as chair of the Arctic Council. Wilfrid Greaves argues that the theme of the current chairmanship—“One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities”—runs the risk of homogenizing the needs and motivations of diverse, multi-dimensional communities and states.
Meanwhile, some political commentators have called Donald Trump a fascist, referring in part to the disgust with politics as usual that characterizes his presidential campaign. James H. Nolt argues that even elements of Trump’s rhetoric that may echo fascism will be impossible to implement if he wins the general election.
Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, David Fellows of PFMConnect addresses the need to properly identify the policy and institutional failures that lead to excess public sector corruption.
Belinda Cooper reviews Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by Joel E. Dimsdale in The New York Times book review.
Jonathan Cristol discusses Persian Gulf states’ efforts to influence U.S. perceptions and policy in Middle East Eye.
Siddharth Dube’s latest book, No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, released in India December 2015, is slated for publication in the U.S. and the U.K. in fall 2017.
William Hartung examines proposed foreign policy plans for Hillary Clinton and argues that Clinton has a stronger understanding of nuclear policy than Donald Trump, both in The Huffington Post. He also discusses the arms trade as a foreign policy tool in the Campaign for America’s Future’s “Burning Issues” project.
Shaun Randol writes in Vibe magazine about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art featuring boxing heroes and themes.
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