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How SMS is Transforming Lives in Africa

Poor access and weak governance in many parts of Africa have created fertile ground for innovations using the mobile phone. From banking to health care services, Teodoro De Jesus Xavier Poulson argues that foreign investors should recognize Africa’s fast-growing mobile technology sector and support businesses that have widespread socioeconomic impacts.

Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime has become synonymous with homophobic policy, many LGBT Russians still support their president. Francesca Ebel discusses the complicated divisions and politics within the country's LGBT community.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 29th

From corruption in FIFA to the latest Taliban attack in Kabul, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Anne Marie Goetz on the Next UN Secretary-General

The U.N. is in the process of selecting its ninth secretary-general. World Policy Journal sat down with Anne Marie Goetz to talk about revolutionary changes to the appointment process and the possibility of a woman being named secretary-general for the first time in history.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 65: "Diplomacy with Dictators"

The resurgence of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus has led Moscow, Washington, and Tehran to launch a joint diplomatic effort to calm tensions. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, Anna Ohanyan, professor of political science at Stonehill College, argues for a more diversified, bottom-up approach to reaching a long-term resolution of the conflict.

Taking on the System

In 2014, Benjamin Eyi-Mensah, a fisherman in Winneba, Ghana, tried to run for assemblyman of his district, only to be stonewalled by the local electoral office. Samuel Ntewusu describes the successful Supreme Court case Eyi-Mensah filed against Ghana’s electoral commission, his eventual victory in the elections, and his plans as assemblyman.

Capitalism 101

Capitalist wealth is both self-expanding and self-limiting due to credit expansion and contraction. James H. Nolt explains that those competing interests helped create the modern American political parties.

The Challenge of Public Sector Corruption

The recent Panama Papers revelations have heightened concern over public sector corruption. David Fellows, John Leonardo, and Cornelia Körtl offer solutions for reducing corruption in developing countries whose populaces can ill afford continued misuse of government funds.

Women of Daraya: Help Us 'Avoid Another Madaya'

In the Daraya suburb of Damascus, Syrians have been living under government siege for more than three years. Zuhour Mahmoud describes an awareness campaign organized by women in Daraya in an effort to end the siege and prevent yet another humanitarian disaster.

The FIFA Story: Money, Corruption, and Soccer

The governing body of world soccer has been writing the encyclopedia on corruption. Peter Berlin details the illicit dealings of FIFA's leaders exposed by the Panama Papers leak, calling attention to the need for greater transparency within the organization.

The Arctic After Paris

Representatives of 175 governments convened last week to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Sébastien Duyck explains that further emissions cuts and regional cooperation, particularly among Arctic countries, will be necessary to meet the targets set in Paris.

A Woman to Lead the UN?

As Ban Ki-moon's term draws to a close this year, many expect that his replacement will be a woman from Eastern Europe. Jonathan Power argues that the next U.N. secretary-general, man or woman, must be strong enough to win the respect of the world's major powers and to effectively manage future crises.

Interview: Saad Mohseni on Afghanistan

Last week’s suicide attack in Kabul was yet another reminder of the destabilizing effects of the Afghan government’s fight with the Taliban. To delve deeper into the situation in Afghanistan and the prospects for a resolution, World Policy Journal Editor Emeritus David A. Andelman spoke with Saad Mohseni, chairman and CEO of the multinational media company MOBY Group.

Using Technology to Plan for Africa’s Urban Expansion

Rapid urban growth and unplanned settlements are major concerns in many of Africa's cities. Sarah Logan and Mallory Baxter detail a new data collection method through SMS messaging in Kigali, Rwanda that allows researchers to use the information they gather to improve city planning.

Earthquakes Devastate Ecuador and Japan

The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador have highlighted the need to prepare better for natural disasters. Atul Singh argues that smart prevention and promotion of economic equality will help prevent deaths caused by natural disasters.

Tone of Deception in Puntland Politics

Abdiweli Ali Gaas's election as president of the Puntland State of Somalia was initially celebrated. Boyah J. Farrah contends that many Puntland residents were soon disappointed by his political betrayal, oppression of free speech, and corruption.

Clubbing and Surviving in Samara

Russia's adoption of discriminatory laws has emboldened some vigilantes to violently lash out against the LGBT community with few repercussions. Amy Mackinnon details the responses to these dangers among LGBT citizens and activists living in the conservative city of Samara.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 22nd

From a conversation with Thaksin Shinawatra to patriarchal systems in Botswana's universities, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Using the Dying as Bargaining Chips in Syria

Eighteen-year-old Mohamed Shaaban of Madaya, Syria, died earlier this month after being denied medical treatment by the Syrian government. Hadeel Al-Shalchi calls on both government and opposition forces to stop using the sick and dying as bargaining chips.

Talking Policy: Priscilla Clapp on Myanmar

Last month, Myanmar’s first civilian president in over 50 years, Htin Kyaw of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, was sworn into office. World Policy Journal spoke with Priscilla Clapp, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma, about the shift from military to civilian rule in Myanmar.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 64: "Black is a Country"

On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, founder of the United Kingdom’s Organization of Black Unity, Dr. Kehinde Andrews, discusses his contribution to World Policy Journal’s latest issue, which focuses on the ways black struggles transcend borders.

Why Banks Fail

Governments and taxpayers remain concerned about the moral hazard created when banks are too big to fail. James H. Nolt explains that problems of bank insolvency and illiquidity often arise when bullish financiers cannot maintain their high interest rates.

How Troubled is the United Nations?

During his term as U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon has streamlined bureaucracy and moved women’s issues and climate change to the top of the U.N. agenda. Tom Plate and Jennifer M. Ramos argue that while the organization's structural flaws are a major impediment to progress, the job of the next secretary-general is to work around these shortcomings.

Roma in France: The Politics of Exclusion

Roma living in France have long suffered from political disenfranchisement and economic marginalization. Nellie Peyton discusses the increasing violence against the Roma and points to policies that could help these communities access France's social programs.

Interview: Thaksin Shinawatra on Thailand

Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been in self-imposed exile since his ouster a decade ago. After more than two years of public silence, he sat down with World Policy Journal and gave his candid thoughts on the current government, the region’s challenges, and what the future of Thailand could hold.

Burma: The War Goes On 


Diana Markosian and Tyler Stiem explore militarization in Burma, as the Kachin Independence Army expands its forces to defend a Christian minority from government troops in the Buddhist-majority country.

Those the Jasmine Revolution Forgot 


Photographer Nicholas Linn and writer Sam Kimball capture the struggles of the Tunisian underclass following the 2011 Revolution. 

Tough Love: Las Amorasas Más Bravas 


Bénédicte Desrus and Celia Gómez Ramos explore Casa Xochiquetzal, a shelter in Mexico City that allows sex workers to age with dignity.

Iran's House of Strength 


Jeremy Suyker penetrates the tight-knit community of zurkhanehs, traditional rooms for training warriors dating back to the Persian Empire, and the modern efforts to preserve this Iranian cultural heritage. 


Bolshoi Babylon 


Director Nick Read examines the dysfunction that led to an attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, before Russian President Putin stepped in to restructure the Bolshoi’s leadership.



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