Sometimes you just need creative inspiration and the universe just… delivers. Paul Simon, Andrew Bird + Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, via A Praire Home Companion —
Ta-Nehisi Cotes on the distance between what’s in your mind and what ends up on the paper is hitting close to home these days —
Held on 5 February, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted the American Academy in Berlin for the 2016 Richard C. Holbrooke Forum focusing on the global refugee crisis. I finally got around to watching the interesting exchange between Leon Wieseltier, Michael Ignatieff, and Martin Indyk.
Worth watching for Wieseltier’s brief discussion about emergency; of his current research on the 1939 Evian conference; and, debates about security, nation states and refugees, cosmopolitanism vs. communitarianism, and universalism vs. particularism.
See also: Lawfare podcast #158 with Leon Wieseltier for a discussion of the absorptive capacities of states
Add this to the list of things I want to be when I grow up — an enthusiast.
An excellent, if unsettling, snapshot of the current process of resettlement to the US: Eliza Griswold’s Why is it so difficult for Syrian refugees to get into the US? in the NYT Magazine.
Relatedly, Intelligence Squared US just held a debate: “The US Should Let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees” —
22.02.2016 update: The US Promised Refuge to 10,000 Syrians–We’ve Let in 841.
This workshop brings together a prominent group of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss the ability of different actors to influence outcomes within the global refugee regime.
Maybe because it’s Saturday, or maybe because there’s been a ton of unpleasant news lately — here’s something wonderful:
(see also: puppies.)