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World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 21st

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Venezuela’s economic collapse and political crisis have drawn anti-government demonstrators into the streets. In the past few days, reports indicate that seven people have died in the protests and hundreds more have been injured and arrested, while President Nicolás Maduro’s fight against opposition groups shows no signs of ceasing.

Amanda Mattingly discusses the worsening humanitarian situation in the country, arguing that regional leaders should provide assistance to the Venezuelan people and pressure the Maduro administration to call for new elections.

Meanwhile, in the spring issue of World Policy Journal, Alejandro Cegarra’s photo essay reveals a Venezuela that is more dangerous, more unequal, and poorer than any time in recent history. Take a look at his photographs, with captions in both English and Spanish.

Around the Institute

Join World Policy Journal in New York on April 27 from 6:00-8:00pm to celebrate the launch of our spring “Fascism Rising” issue! Please find more details and RSVP on Facebook.

Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir will host an NYU event with the ambassador of the European Union to the U.N., H.E. Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, on April 25. And he speaks with Afghan tribal chief Ajmal Khan on the latest episode of his podcast, On the Issues.

Jonathan Cristol wrote in CNN about why the Trump administration needs to develop a coherent North Korea strategy.

William Hartung was interviewed on CNN about Donald Trump’s foreign policy. He also co-authored a paper, “The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm.”

James H. Nolt was interviewed in Azeri Today about recent developments in U.S.-North Korean relations.

Silvana Paternostro reviewed Julianne Pachico’s book The Lucky Ones, which explores the past 30 years of conflict in Colombia, in The New York Times.

This week we’d like to put in a special plug for Eurasia Group’s newsletter, Signal. It’s a short and pithy look into some of the most important (and most absurd) geopolitical events of the past week, delivered at 7am ET every Friday morning. Sign up at And be sure to listen to World Policy On Air each week to catch Eurasia Group’s Winners & Losers segment!

Here’s an excerpt from today’s issue: 

Hard Numbers

17 Mexican state governors from the past decade are either in jail, under investigation, or on the run. Two ex-governors hiding in Italy and Guatemala were arrested this week.

72 percent of Iranians believe the nuclear deal hasn’t improved their standard of living, according to a recent survey.

400,000 Venezuelans are set to receive guns from the government in an attempt to counter the country’s growing civil unrest. As one government minister put it, “We’re a peaceful people, but we’re also armed.”

7 simultaneous political rallies were held this week by the leftist French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon: one in person, six by hologram. If he’s going to pull off an upset victory Sunday, his voters may need holograms, too.

Two chemical attacks have been conducted by ISIS in western Mosul in recent days.

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[Photo courtesy of Alejandro Cegarra]

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