Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa Found to be Effective, Economical

Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, meningococcal meningitis continues to pose a serious health threat, with sporadic epidemics resulting in some 30,000 cases each year. While all people are susceptible, young children are at the highest risk, and over 50 percent of those infected will die if not diagnosed and treated.

An international team of scientists led by Reza Yaesoubi, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, created a novel mathematical model of meningococcal epidemics in Burkina Faso that allowed them to compare several different meningococcal vaccination strategies in terms of their estimated costs and expected health outcomes.

Russia-Turkey-Iran Triangle: Economic Interests Are Paramount

Turkey, often shuffling positons based on immediate geopolitical and economic interests, now enjoys close ties with Russia and Iran
Diplomatic talks among Syrian parties sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey are underway in Sochi. Turkey’s leadership promoted the notion during the 2011 Arab Spring protests that the country could be a democratic model for other Muslim nations. But the country of 80 million people lacks natural gas or oil resources. “Its main sources of gas are Russia and Iran, contributing respectively 60 and 30 percent of the total, with the rest coming from Azerbaijan,” explains author and historian Dilip Hiro. Turkey, a NATO member, sides with surrounding powers based on geopolitical and economic interests. For now, Turkey, Russia and Iran share agreement on multiple fronts: Russia is constructing a new gas pipeline to deliver energy to Turkey and southern Europe. After a failed 2016 coup in Turkey, Russia’s president supported the hardline Turkish response. Russia likewise supported Turkish concerns about the Kurdish fighters in Syria. Turkey switched sides in the war, joining Russia and Iran, and supports peace negotiations that prioritize stability and maintain the Assad regime while targeting the US-backed Kurds. Likewise, Turkey once opposed Iran’s intervention in Yemen, but Iran’s leader also supported the Turkish president after the coup attempt. – YaleGlobal

YANA Europe Chapter just launched!

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We launched YANA in 2011 with an ambitious vision that united and motivated all of us: to organize and leverage the collective power of Yale’s nonprofit alumni network for the greater social good.

YANA has just launched in Europe!  To get involved, please contact the co-chairs below.

Tomas Nordberg, MA ’01 (Stockholm, Sweden) and Thatcher Shellaby ’70 (Nyon, Switzerland)

Once Excluded From the Club, India Pursues Global Status as a Nuclear Power

Looking for invitation to the club: Having developed its own intercontinental ballistic missile, India seeks entry to the global Missile Technology Control Regime, while rival China parades its own ICBMs

India tested its first nuclear device in 1974 and then in 1998 conducted three nuclear tests, defying an international ban and prompting condemnation. India’s experiences over the next two decades demonstrate the futility of restrictions against a very determined nation, explains independent security consultant Debalina Ghoshal. The country overcame international barriers to develop sophisticated long-range missiles that could deliver a nuclear payload to distant targets. India also developed a reputation for practicing non-proliferation and securing its nuclear stockpile. Reports confirm the country has applied for membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime – an informal and voluntary association that began in 1987 and later presented barriers to India’s missile development. The association now includes 35 countries that share the goal of non-proliferation of unmanned systems capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. Having succeeded in overcoming barriers and building its own missiles, India wants to join the regime to continue building a nonproliferation reputation and also develop export markets for missiles and defense systems in Southeast and West Asia, especially for countries that seek to counter China. – YaleGlobal


Yale Young African Scholars celebrates 5th anniversary

Yaa Oparebea Ampofo with a group of students.

When Yale President Peter Salovey announced the Yale Africa Initiative in 2013, he inspired several Yale students from the continent to work toward achieving his goal of “bringing Africa to Yale and Yale to Africa.”

The students wanted to find a way to expose students in Africa to the experience of studying at a university like Yale before they apply to college, as well as advice on submitting a strong application. They consulted Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, who embraced the idea.


Celebrating Yalie Monica Drake

The New York Times announced today that Monica Drake will join the masthead as an assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects.

In a note to staff, Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, and Joe Kahn, managing editor of The New York Times, said, “Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.”

As a senior editor who runs the Travel section, Monica has developed several ambitious digital projects. She reimagined the annual destination list of places to go into 52 Places, a multimedia feature that created a sensation when it advertised that it was looking for a single reporter to visit every place on the list. Nine thousand people have applied for the job.

Next month, she starts Surfacing, a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.

As Travel editor, she regularly published thought-provoking pieces by literary writers like Deborah Levy, Jacqueline Woodson and Francine Prose. She has worked on newsroom strategy teams that have led to the creation of the Print Hub and various special print sections.

Before becoming Travel editor, Monica worked on The Times’s Culture desk. She started at The Times as an intern in 1998, and was promoted to copy editor in 2001. She is a graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University. She is from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and insists that it is one of the best places in the world to visit.

Paul Tsai China Center Announces New Collaboration with Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center and Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center are launching a new collaboration to advance each institution’s agendas related to China. The new initiative will involve joint programming, research, publications, and cooperative educational activities with an eye toward informing policymaking and public debates on U.S.-China relations.

The Brookings-Yale initiative will leverage the leading roles of each institution in the field of China studies, generating new, creative and influential policy ideas for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the U.S.-China relationship, often considered the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world. Through this partnership, the expanding Tsai Center will increase its Washington, D.C. presence and its capacity to inform public debates on U.S.-China relations. The Thornton Center will build on its reputation for academic depth and policy analysis through deeper collaboration with a pioneering university center focused on China.