World Policy Institute – Media Guide


Vol. 1 No. 2 

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* Note from the Director  -- WPI and The New School announce new relationship

* Articles and Ideas 

* Events 

* WPI in the News 

* Spring Internship applications accepted through December 15 

* Subscribe to World Policy Journal  -- Special Holiday discount through Dec. 31

* Contact Us



Dear friends of the World Policy Institute,

There’s a lot going on at WPI these days, which we’re delighted to share with you in our new e-newsletter.

As you probably know, our offices have moved just up Fifth Avenue to 26th St. We’re planning many other new developments, including new programming on global climate change, energy stability, and food security; a new equitable approach to trade and development; privacy and liberty; and citizenship. We’ll be reaching out to friends of WPI in coming months to get a better idea of your specific interests as we build new programs and plan events for 2008. We’ve begun regularly posting links to senior fellows’ writing at, and are planning a bigger website upgrade and expanded multimedia projects. And speaking of media – next year will mark the 25th anniversary of World Policy Journal, which we look forward to celebrating.

We’re particularly excited this month to announce our new relationship with The New School. After more than 15 years as part of The New School, the World Policy Institute and World Policy Journal have now become a free-standing organization working in partnership with The New School. Many of you attended the two successful book events we held in collaboration with The New School this fall for Siege of Mecca and Apollo’s Fire. We will continue to hold events, including panel discussions, at The New School, but will also organize collaborative events with other organizations. I’ve included an excerpt from the news release below, with a link to the full announcement posted at

All my best,

Michele Wucker

Executive Director

World Policy Institute to Become Independent Enterprise

New York—November 29, 2007—The World Policy Institute (WPI) and The New School jointly announced the establishment of WPI as a fully autonomous organization working in partnership with The New School. Since 1991, WPI, a major center of policy analysis and research in international affairs, has been part of The New School, a university committed to addressing the demands of globalization in an increasingly interdependent world. The new relationship comes after more than fifteen years of fruitful collaboration, particularly through public programs that have shed fresh light on global political and economic changes.

WPI and The New School will continue to co-sponsor public programs featuring world leaders, scholars, and journalists. But WPI is now in a position to raise and devote its own resources to funding staff, fellows, research projects, and the World Policy Journal, a prominent quarterly magazine of international affairs research and opinion.

“This is a win-win situation,” said Bob Kerrey, president of The New School and a frequent participant in WPI programs. “WPI is capable of moving in new directions, thanks to its fiscal health, and The New School will only benefit from future collaborations with WPI, since both institutions share the same ideals and values.”


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SHERLE SCHWENNINGER. “Undebated Challenges,” The Nation, November 19, 2007.

BELINDA COOPER, wrote a review of Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man at Guantanamo in Internationale Politik (English edition).

KIM TAIPALE. “Privacy vs. Security? Security.”, November 9, 2007.

ANDREW REDING “Why No Equal Rights for Serbs?” The Globe and Mail (Canada). November 2, 2007.

MICHELE WUCKER. A Mexican Steinbeck’s Work Resurfaces. Texas Observer. November 2, 2007.

IAN BREMMER. Turkey: Too Much Success? International Herald Tribune. October 19, 2007.

MIRA KAMDAR. China, Burma, and the West: A Conflict of Interests October 14, 2007


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NOVEMBER 30 IN PARIS. WPI Senior Fellow Mira Kamdar will speak in Paris Friday, November 30, on the rise of the U.S. Indian lobby in a lecture entitled “La montée en puissance du lobby indien aux Etats-Unis,” from 3-5 p.m. at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences-Po, Salle Jean Monnet, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris. The discussion will be moderated by CERI Director Christophe Jaffrelot. For more information call +33 (0) 1 58 71 70 00, email or visit

DECEMBER 5  WPI Senior Fellow NINA KHRUSHCHEVA, author of newly the published Imagining Nabokov: Russia between Art and Politics, will discuss her book at The Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

6 pm–8 pm

Morris Room

Columbia University Faculty House

400 West 117th St.

DECEMBER 10  World Policy Institute in conjunction with the Global Policy Innovations Program at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Demos, and Financial Times present Susan Aaronson speaking on her new book, Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking Aaronson and coauthor Jamie Zimmerman traveled to Brazil, the European Union, India, South Africa, and the United States to examine how policymakers try to achieve trade and human rights objectives. They also explore how member states reconcile these goals at the World Trade
Organization (WTO). Devin Stewart and Shari Cohen will moderate.

Global Policy Innovations

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Merrill House

170 East 64th Street

New York, NY 10065-7478

(212) 838-4120

This event is open to the public but seating is limited.

RSVP required: email or call WPI’s new events line, 212 481 5005 Option 2.

DECEMBER 10 WPI Senior Fellow SILVANA PATERNOSTRO reads from and discusses her new book, My Colombian War.

No RSVP required.

7 p.m.

The Half King

505 West 23d St (at 10th Ave)


JANUARY 15, 2008 WPI and the Overseas Press Club present a discussion with Senior Editor David Andelman about his new book, A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. Details will be posted at soon.


November 9, 2007 After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Germany Eighteen Years Later. German television journalist Roland Jahn was a key member of the East German opposition throughout much of the 1970s and early 1980s. After being expelled from university and later imprisoned for his dissident activities, including support for Poland’s Solidarity movement, he was forcibly expelled from East Germany against his will in 1983, and was not allowed to return to the country until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In West Berlin, Jahn became one of the main contacts for and supporters of the East German opposition. As a journalist for the television news program “Kontraste,” which often broadcast clandestine footage by East German dissidents, he also became a crucial source of information on East Germany for those still behind the Wall. On his first visit to the United States, which coincided with the eighteenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Jahn and WPI Senior Fellow Belinda Cooper spoke with an invitation-only group about how the fall of the Wall has been the framing moment in Germany’s development for nearly two decades. Read a summary

November 5, 2007

Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy: The Power of an Economic Vision WPI Senior Fellow Kim Taipale led an engaging discussion with U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Bracken Hendricks about their new book, Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy at The New School in conjunction with the Committee on Historical Studies, South Asia Forum, and Graduate Program in International Affairs. The authors view action on climate change as both an urgent and pressing challenge and – optimistically – as an opportunity for Americans to revolutionize how we produce and consume energy. Inslee and Hendricks articulated the enormous potential in harnessing American innovation and ingenuity to launch a clean energy revolution, transforming our economy with new technologies, injecting investments into our communities and creating millions of green jobs.

Inslee and Hendricks were featured on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show, that morning. Listen to the entire program here.

Purchase their book from Amazon here.


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WPI Senior Fellow SILVANA PATERNOSTRO’S memoir, My Colombian War: A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind (Henry Holt, 2007) hit stores on November 13, 2007.

“A nation’s narrative rendered through a personal prism, this evocative work succeeds where many similar efforts fail. The secret? Paternostro herself, able to deftly interweave past and present and write with a compassion that resists pathos. . . . [R]evelatory. Wrenching interviews with today’s Colombians, unflinching descriptions of the horrors wrought by drug cartels and paramilitary groups and unusual details keenly conveyed amount to a moving, highly memorable take on how a country lost its moorings.”—The Atlantic

Purchase My Colombian War at Amazon here.         

Read a preview in the September 16, 2007 New York Times Magazine “Lives” column. 

Read The New York Times review by William Grimes.

WPI Senior Fellow NINA KHRUSHCHEVA’S new book, Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics was published in November 2007 by Yale University Press. Buy it at Amazon here.

From the publisher: Nina Khrushcheva offers the novel hypothesis that because of Nabokov’s exile to the West after the Bolshevik Revolution, “the works of Russian-turned-American Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977) are highly relevant to the political transformation under way in Russia today. Khrushcheva, a Russian living in America, finds in Nabokov’s novels a useful guide for Russia’s integration into the globalized world. Now one of Nabokov’s “Western” characters herself, she discusses the cultural and social realities of contemporary Russia that he foresaw a half-century earlier.”

Coming Soon:

The French edition of MIRA KAMDAR’S new book will be published in January 2008 as Planet India: L’Ascension turbulente d’un géant démocratique (Actes Sud; translator Andre Levin). The U.S. paperback edition, following the February 2007 hardcover, will be published in February 2008 with a new subtitle as Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World. Pre-purchase a copy at Amazon here.

WPI Senior Fellow Eric Alterman’s new book, Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America, will be published by Viking in March 2008.

In June 2008, W.W. Norton will publish Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East, by World Policy Journal editor KARL MEYER and co-author Shareen Blair Brysac. Kingmakers tells the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. The narrative is character driven (from Lawrence of Arabia to Paul Wolfowitz and many more in between), whose aim is to restore to life the colorful figures who for good or ill gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today. Pre-purchase a copy at Amazon here.



STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST will be a guest on the Travel Channel’s "25 Mind-Blowing Escapes" show, December 20, 2007

MICHELE WUCKER appears in the documentary film, “Beyond Borders: The Debate Over Human Migration,” which premiered at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, CA, on November 15, 2007. View a trailer at, concluding with her challenge: “What we need to do is think about what is the America that we want our immigration laws to create.”

IAN BREMMER, “Interview with Russian News and Information Agency,” November 11, 2007..

MIRA KAMDAR was interviewed on CNN International, Hong Kong on the GAP and child labor in India. October 30, 2007.

MIRA KAMDAR commented on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s visit to India on Bloomberg Asia Pacific, Hong Kong. October 29, 2007.

STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST was profiled in the Savannah Morning News, October 28, 2007.

BELINDA COOPER was interviewed by “All Things Considered” commentator Melissa Block on the controversial Congressional resolution recognizing the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in the early 20th century. October 16, 2007. Listen to the audiocast here.



On November 13, 2007 STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST held a workshop titled "Traveling Sola: Tips for Wandering Women" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

KIM TAIPALE participated in a debate on privacy in the age of technology and terrorism at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs in their National Discussion & Debate Series, November 13, 2007. View the debate online.

BELINDA COOPER hosted a talk at the World Policy Institute with journalist and former East German dissident Roland Jahn on the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 9, 2007.

STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST performed from her memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines at the KGB Bar, November 8, 2007.

PETER KAUFMAN lectured at the Graduate School for Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on November 8, 2007.

WPI Senior Fellow NINA KHRUSHCHEVA read from her new book, Imagining Nabokov: Russia between Art and Politics at The New School Writing Center’s Non-Fiction Forum. November 7, 2007.

NINA KHRUSHCHEVA participated in a debate held by intelligence2 – the U.S. Forum for Live Debate – on Oct. 30, 2007. The topic was “Russia is becoming our Enemy Again,” with Khrushcheva arguing against the motion. Read the transcript here.

On October 27, 2007 MIRA KAMDAR spoke at the “India: Changing the Way We See” symposium as part of the Newark Museum’s India: Public Places, Private Spaces program.

BELINDA COOPER chaired the panel on “Truth Commissions, Transitional Justice, Victims and Perpetrators” for Harvard Center for European Studies in Berlin (panelists included former WPI project leaders Priscilla Hayner and Lars Waldorf), October 1, 2007.



Senior Fellow MIRA KAMDAR has been selected as one of the two inaugural fellows for the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program, beginning January 2008 and focusing on bilateral and multilateral trade policy in Southeast Asia.

Senior Fellow JIM NOLT is now the Campus Dean of the New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing Campus (Nanjing, China), where he currently resides.

Senior Fellow MASARU TAMAMOTO is now a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.



WPI is accepting internship applications until December 15, 2007 for the Spring 2008 semester. Crain’s New York Business has cited WPI as one of the most sought after internships for ambitious students and recent graduates (June 21, 2006). This newsletter was compiled by WPI’s Fall intern, Shaun Randol, a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. For more information on WPI internships and how to apply, visit



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