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World Policy Newsletter, Week of August 11th

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Relegating key stakeholders to the sidelines of political debate alienates communities and produces misguided policies. This week, we consider what happens when ethnic and religious minorities are marginalized by fierce nationalism, and we look at local and regional initiatives where broadening participation resulted in better informed, more sustainable outcomes.

World Policy Journal spoke with Kavita Khory about how the normalization of exclusionary political narratives in India has contributed to a wave of protests and riots in West Bengal.

Fauziya Ali argues that initiatives to prevent violent extremism in Kenya must engage women in ways that address the gender inequality and mistrust of police that hinder anti-radicalization efforts.

Steven Fry discusses one Arctic Council Working Group that serves as a model for effective collaboration between indigenous communities and the governments and private enterprise seeking economic opportunities in the region.

World Policy Recommends

World Policy fellow James H. Nolt—an expert in political economy, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-East Asian relations, and military-security issues—offers recommended reading for insight behind this week’s headlines.

Nolt argues that the imminent danger of war in Korea stems from President Donald Trump’s own political weakness. Although North Korea has for decades defended itself with vituperative bluster, its actual military capabilities are considerably more modest than media reports typically suggest. North Korea’s much-vaunted missiles are vulnerable to U.S. interception and preemption.

Furthermore, the threat North Korean artillery poses to civilians in Seoul is often exaggerated—for a more realistic appraisal, Nolt recommends this report from the Nautilus Institute.

 

World Policy On Air

This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with Milos Rastovic of Duquesne University about how Russia’s cultural and historical ties to Serbia and the rest of the Western Balkans have allowed Moscow to gain outsized influence in the region.

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