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Who Watches the Watchers?

In an era of pervasive technological surveillance, gold—one of the world’s most important commodities—has gone virtually untraceable. Khadija Sharife argues the financial characteristics of conflict minerals are systemic, informing not only the tactics used to move money in secrecy, but also the process through which the system is maintained and protected.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 69: Entering the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Science fiction has often dealt with the prospect of artificial intelligence becoming humanity's nemesis. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, Sam Winter-Levy of Foreign Affairs describes the real dangers of so-called "machine super-intelligence" and the care that tech companies and world leaders must take as technology moves closer to this perhaps inevitable end.

Follow the Money

One way to uncover a politician's true intentions is to follow the money—big donors support candidates they are assured will serve their business interests. James H. Nolt uses this method to analyze the U.S. presidential contenders and explains why the candidates’ public faces can be deceiving.

What a Queer Urban Future Looks Like: Nairobi

LGBT activism in Nairobi has blossomed over the last decade, thanks in part to the city’s vibrant cultural life and progressive social atmosphere. Eric Gitari details some of the Kenyan capital's LGBT history.

Baby Aisha & the Challenge to the Gambian State

Protesters have been calling for electoral and political reform in the Gambia since April 14, and dozens have been arrested. Sanna Camara discusses President Jammeh's intolerance of dissent and how an infant girl was caught in the crosshairs of government repression.

Denmark Engages in Arctic Nation-Bending

Over the past decade, the Arctic has moved to the forefront of Denmark's foreign policy agenda. Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen discusses the political challenges that arise in reframing Danish nationhood to emphasize the role of its autonomous territories, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Dadaab Should Not Close

The Kenyan government announced on May 11 that it will close Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp complex. Cynthia Anderson argues that the camp's closure will cause further instability in the region, as its inhabitants find that they have nowhere else to go.

Can Moldova Unite Against Corruption?

Protests in Moldova have brought the pro-Russian and pro-EU camps closer, as thousands gathered in Chișinău to rally against charges of corruption in the government and among the elite. Anna Romandash writes about this growing unity, but claims that opposing views about Moldova's future will hinder the development of effective solutions.

A "Family" Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

Three years after a violent attack against an anti-homophobia rally in Tbilisi, an anti-LGBTQ symposium was held in the Georgian capital. Giorgi Lomsadze discusses the convergence of the Georgian, American, and Russian Christian right at the convention and the continued threats to Georgia's LGBTQ community.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 68: "The Sky is Falling!"

The winner of the next U.S. presidential election will face a wide range of foreign policy challenges. On today’s World Policy On Air, however, World Policy fellow Jonathan Cristol argues that if Donald Trump wins, he will likely become his own biggest national security threat.

Economics’ Big Lie

Economics textbooks teach models of "perfect markets," but real economies are greatly impacted by private power. James H. Nolt argues that prevailing theory supports the notion that the most efficient way to organize society is to allow unbridled power to those with the most means to pay.

What a Queer Urban Future Looks Like: São Paulo

What might a queer urban future look like in São Paulo? Drawing on the work of José Esteban Muñoz, Thiago Carrapatoso considers the role of gentrification, overdevelopment, and social class in critiquing the city’s realities—and in imagining its possibilities.

King Salman and the Saudi Ulama

The reforms introduced in the Saudi Vision 2030 plan could affect the alliance between the Saudi monarchy and religious clerics. Shehab Al Makahleh and Theodore Karasik contend that progressive economic and social change could exacerbate the tensions in this relationship.

Time to Honor Promises

The #FeesMustFall campaign last year reflected South African students' frustration with the high costs that make university education inaccessible to many. Faith Kiarie argues that the government must listen to young people's demands to reform an education system that seems to be increasing rather than reducing inequality.

Brig. Gen. Rich Gross on Responsibility to Protect

International involvement in the Syrian civil war is tied up in the ongoing discussion about the legal bases for interfering in a sovereign nation’s affairs. David A. Andelman, editor emeritus of World Policy Journal, spoke with Brigadier General Richard C. “Rich” Gross, U.S. Army (retired), former legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and its implications.

When Women Govern

While the number of female heads of government has increased substantially over the past few decades, women in top political positions still face additional pressure and challenges. Michael A. Genovese examines the records of female leaders around the world, arguing that they are just as effective as their male counterparts in spite of the restraints imposed on them.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 13th

From developing a policy agenda in the Arctic to fighting disease across Africa, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Parag Khanna on Connectography

The world is more closely linked than it has ever been. World Policy Journal spoke with Parag Khanna about his new book, Connectography, and the impact of increased connectedness on people, politics, and the environment.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 67: "Not Blacks But Citizens"

Shortly after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the government took steps to combat racism in the island nation. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, Devyn Spence Benson, assistant professor of history and African and African-American studies at Louisiana State University, discusses the country's mixed record on race policies and anti-black discrimination as documented in her new book, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution.

Realism, Liberalism, and Corporatism

International relations theory presents a number of lenses through which to view global economic issues. James H. Nolt describes the implications of these approaches to policymaking for multilateral trade treaties and addressing deflationary pressures.

What a Queer Urban Future Looks Like: Beirut

Arts Everywhere asked 11 respondents the question: What does a queer urban future look like? Maya Mikdashi, one of the respondents, explores the political dynamics and crosscutting identities that shape present-day Beirut, arguing that the conditions and practices that make a city "queer" vary across locations and populations.

The Sky Is Falling!

A wide array of security challenges awaits the next U.S. administration. Jonathan Cristol argues that while Hillary Clinton would confront plenty of complex issues as president, Donald Trump would face unprecedented global instability and realignment as a consequence of his own reckless policies.

Immunization Is Key to Healthy Systems in Africa

Routine immunization systems are falling behind in many African countries, contributing to the resurgence of infectious diseases such as yellow fever. Dr. Folake Olayinka argues that health care services must become more reliable and proactive in order to increase vaccination coverage.

Saudi Economic Reforms Need a Cultural Angle

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's recent statements demonstrate his support for far-reaching economic reform to reduce unemployment and increase productivity. Emily Ericksen argues that the Saudi leadership will need to make efforts to change societal norms regarding women's employment and the treatment of non-national workers for the sake of economic growth.

The Second Eradication of Our Time

Smallpox is the only human disease to date that has been successfully eliminated. Astrid R.N. Haas examines the effort to eradicate Guinea worm in South Sudan, arguing that epidemiology, political factors, and economic incentives are aligning to halt the spread of the parasitic infection.

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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