World Policy Newsletter, Week of June 16th

People Power

From women in China to indigenous peoples in Russia, grass-roots organizing and the voices of dedicated activists can shift perceptions and even spark revolution. In the interviews below, World Policy Journal explores the impact of social movements and subcultures—both their achievements and their ongoing struggles.

After the 1949 revolution in China, the Communist Party attempted to improve gender relations in the new People’s Republic, but inequality still persists today. In this discussion with World Policy Journal, Leta Hong Fincher details recent crackdowns on activism, women’s financial independence, and feminism in China.

The Berlin Wall’s historic fall in 1989, signaling the end of the Cold War, saw the collision and fusion of the art scenes of West and East Berlin. World Policy Journal speaks with Paul Hockenos, a Berlin-based journalist and writer, about the role of artists and punks in the German resistance of the 1980s and shaping today’s Berlin.

In the latest installment of Arctic in Context’s “People of the North” series, Karina Kesserwan interviews Pavel Sulyandziga, one of the most outspoken indigenous rights activists in Russia. Sulyandziga discusses the interaction between the government and indigenous peoples in Russia’s Far East, including intense negotiations over the establishment of the Bikin National Park.


World Policy Events

The next edition of “[jargon redacted]: seriously irreverent conversations on policy” is Tuesday, June 20. In this series, World Policy Institute fellows David Stevens and Jonathan Cristol lead a conversation about the issues of the day … with booze and, for the first time, a taco bar.

To register and for more information please visit our Eventbrite page (password: worldpolicy). [jargon redacted] will be taking a summer hiatus, but if you can’t make it this time, we hope to see you in the fall!


Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir speaks with David Rabinowitz about the psychological dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on his podcast, On the Issues. Listen to parts one and two, as well as Ben-Meir’s recent article, an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jonathan Cristol talks with i24 English about Hamas and the Gulf Cooperation Council. He also writes in CNN about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s decision to release Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen held in detention since early 2016.

William Hartung appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and Mother Jones, among others, discussing recent speculation surrounding arms sales in Trump’s trade deal with Saudi Arabia.

James H. Nolt writes in the World Policy blog about how powerful financial players use strategies of deception and surprise in an attempt to reap massive rewards while minimizing risk.



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