World Policy Newsletter, Week of August 4th

Can individuals transform a continent? Can regional governance systems offer lessons for institutions like the U.N.? This week, we consider how communities can direct and help us understand change at the state and international levels. 

Ellen Chilemba, founder of a Malawi-based organization that provides skills training and support for women, argues every African citizen has a role to play to improve social and economic conditions on the continent.

Malina Dumas, a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington, suggests the U.N. General Assembly look to the Arctic Council’s model for including indigenous governments in policy deliberations. 

“I’m always looking for life in the destruction.” World Policy Journal spoke with Beirut-based journalist Rania Abouzeid about reporting from war-torn Syria.

World Policy Recommends

World Policy fellow Jonathan Cristol—an expert in U.S. foreign policy, Middle East politics, and nuclear proliferation, among other areas—offers recommended reading for insight behind this week’s headlines.

Cristol argued in CNN Opinion that North Korea’s ability to hit the continental United States with a missile is cause for concern, not panic. To track Pyongyang’s missile tests, follow Melissa Hanham (@mhanham) and Noon in Korea (@NoonInKorea) on Twitter.

To read up on Qatar and its relationship with the U.S., check out Kenneth Katzman’s report “Qatar: Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy.” For background on the upcoming independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, read Gareth Stansfield and Lisa Anderson’s article “Kurds in Iraq: The struggle between Baghdad and Erbil” and Dennis Romano’s article “Iraqi Kurdistan: Challenges of autonomy in the wake of US withdrawal.”

World Policy On Air

This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy fellow and Berlin-based writer Paul Hockenos describes the artistic ferment and street politics in the anarchic years after the fall of the Berlin Wall—and how gentrification threatens to upend the subcultures that shaped the city.

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World Policy Journal Launch Party

Join World Policy Journal to celebrate the launch of our summer “Justice Denied” issue! And be sure to read the issue and subscribe.

Event details:
Thursday, Aug. 10, 6-8pm
VON Bar, 3 Bleecker St., New York

The event is free, 21+.
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