World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 15th

Money too often dictates the workings of politics, from electoral races to the distribution of public services. This week, we take a look at how wealth disparities affect political equality and even access to water—and why, in one case, a country motivated at first by commercial interests decided to change its course.

Sebastián Acha explains how Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes’ 2013 campaign set a precedent for massive spending in political races, and calls for transparency and campaign-finance reform ahead of elections in April.

World Policy Journal spoke with Veronica Herrera about what happens when provision of water services is subject to the political motivations of local officials, and why reform efforts in some Mexican cities have succeeded while others have floundered.

Jay-Kwon James Park discusses how South Korea has shifted its interest in the Arctic from investment opportunities to promoting sustainable growth and developing partnerships with Arctic states and communities.


World Policy Events

Arms and Allies: Security Cooperation in East Asia

The recent North Korean missile and nuclear tests have pushed East Asia to the front pages of newspapers across the country and around the world. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, World Policy will host a panel that focuses on the constellation of U.S. alliances in East Asia and how these strategic partners work together to combat major regional challenges, including containing North Korea and ensuring the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Panelists include:

Hyun-Wook Kim, Professor of American Studies, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Ankit Panda, Senior Editor, The Diplomat
Emilia Puma, Foreign Policy Adviser for the US Air Force Chief of Staff

Moderator: Jonathan Cristol, Fellow, World Policy Institute

Welcome remarks from Gheewhan Kim, Consul General for the Republic of Korea in New York.


World Policy On Air

This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with journalist Ross Benes about why the billions of dollars that poured into the coffers of AIDS-relief groups from states and private organizations failed to stop the spread of the disease.



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