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In A Deluge of Consequences, the first World Policy e-book, intrepid journalist Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet's next environmental disaster is set to unfold. 



The  World Policy Institute understands that policymakers and opinion leaders need creative ways to catalyze innovation and engage wider coalitions in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.  By working with artists focused on the same issues, this cross-cutting initiative seeks to build a new, collaborative model for social change. 


The Price of "Discovering” the Arctic – Part I

Large-scale tourism in the Arctic region threatens its environmental durability, cultural legacy, and even economic sustainability. Gianna De Filippis argues that this kind of tourism demands immediate evaluation and an international plan of action.

Costly Arab Delusions

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring began, its pro-democracy movements have all but lost momentum. Mustapha Tlili argues that in order to revive the democratic process, Arab governments will need to develop new social contracts between authority and citizen.

Ebola: The Mounting Cost of Inaction

The 2014 Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of 1,800 people across three Western African countries. Tanya Anderson explains how globalization has helped transform a virus into an epidemic, and the role humanitarian intervention can play in curtailing the spread of it further.

In Tartous, Fear and a Failing Economy

Despite the ongoing civil war, Tartous has remained one of the safest cities in Syria. However, Sadek Abed Alrahman argues that the coastal Alawite city is starting to feel the war's pinch, both economically and emotionally.

Questions Alex Salmond Did Not Answer

With the Scottish referendum on independence less than a week away, tensions between Nationalists and Unionists could not be higher. Sophie des Beauvais examines the critical economic and structural issues that a "Yes Scotland" vote would pose for the newly free and independent state.

The Ocean's Plastic Problem

Scientists have discovered that the accumulation of plastic debris is raising the gas levels in the ocean, thus compromising commercial fishing and the health of those who consume marine life. Cami Tellez argues that the international community must make an immediate commitment to tracking and containing oceanic pollution.

Scotland: Voting On More Than Independence

Scotland’s referendum on independence is quickly approaching. Socionomist and researcher Peter Atwater argues that the outcome of the vote will ultimately be determined by “confidence-driven decision-making,” and that other Europeans countries would be apt to take note.

Syrian Filmmakers Expose ISIS

“Our Terrible Country,” a documentary by Syrian filmmakers Ziad Homsi and Mohammed Ali Atassi, tells the story of a Syrian intellectual imprisoned for 16 years. Katarina Montgomery interviews general coordinator Christin Luettich about how filmmaking has helped expose the oppression of ISIS and the Syrian regime.

Political Postcard From Paris: François' Failings

As a result of the political crisis in France, President François Hollande's popularity has fallen to the lowest ever registered under the Fifth Republic. Robert Albertson examines the series of events that have undermined Hollande's ability to govern effectively.

The Dangers of EU Energy Dependency

More than half of the EU's total energy consumption is dependent on foreign imports, particularly from Russia, a key trade partner in the region. This dependency is particularly problematic given the current political situation. Emily Garber recommends the EU disentangle the complex trade relationship and increase domestic energy production.

Now That The Guns Have Been Silenced

Though Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to numerous cease-fires over the last decade, both have violated the terms of those agreements time and time again. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir argues that the most recent cease-fire, however, may actually be the most effective one to date.

Diane Burko: Visualizing Arctic Transitions

In 2006, Diane Burko, a visual artist, developed an interest in the veracity of climate change. Erica Dingman examines how Burko employs her artistic talents to raise awareness about the ongoing environmental changes in the Polar Region.

ISIS: Tensions between Jihadi Fighters

An increasing number of Western Jihadists have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Karen Leigh interviews Peter Neumann, a terrorism expert, about the emerging hierarchies and roles played by Western fighters in the battle for control of Islamic militant groups.

Ukrainian Crisis: West Needs Proactive Policy

Western responses to the Ukrainian crisis have thus far been reactionary. Uldis Blukis, professor emeritus at Brooklyn College, argues that the U.S. and Europe need to take a more proactive approach to prevent, or at least minimize, Russian aggression.

Pakistan: Countering Insurgency

In June, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, intensifying the country's military response to rebel factions. Zeeshan Salahuddin examines the offensive and the potential for Pakistan to quell the ongoing insurgency.

ISIS: A Potential Chemical Threat?

ISIS has taken radioactive isotopes from Mosul University and now controls a small amount of Saddam Hussein's leftover chemical material in al-Muthanna. Karen Leigh speaks with terrorism expert Hamish de Bretton Gordon about the threat of chemical weapons in the hands of rebel groups.

A New Turkish Foreign Policy?

As Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan transitions from prime minister to president, he has the opportunity to reform the country's precarious foreign policy. Bayram Balci examines Erdogan's diplomatic missteps and the potential to improve Turkey's relationships abroad.

China and the Papal Pivot to Asia

During Pope Francis' recent visit to South Korea, Chinese authorities blocked Catholics from attending his first mass in Asia. Harry W.S. Lee explores Catholicism in China and the complex relationship between Beijing and the Vatican.

Venezuela’s Sovereignty Under Attack

An impending bill in the U.S. Senate will likely increase funds to anti-government groups in Venezuela, funneling millions of dollars annually to these "pro-democracy" factions. Ramiro S. Fúnez warns that U.S. financial intervention challenges Venezuelan sovereignty.

Need for Global Energy Security

The UN's new Sustainable Energy for All Initiative addresses the growing need for energy reform amongst global governments, the private sector, and civil societies. Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella discusses the link between international energy policies and poverty eradication, climate security, and technological development.

Logbook: Expedition to the North Pole

In 2011, Brazilian artist Marcelo Moscheta participated in the Arctic Circle expedition in the international territory of Svalbard. His resulting installations and journal entries offer an inside look at the Arctic's remote terrain.

China’s Double Standard on Terrorism

China vilifies the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkestan by referring to them as terrorists. However, the U.S. refuses to acknowledge this label. Alim A. Seytoff analyzes Beijing's oppression of the ethnic group as a hypocritical application of the term "terrorism."

Kurdish Independence Hangs in Limbo

The Iraqi government recently appointed former Kurdish Prime Minister Fouad Massoum to the presidency. Patrick Balbierz argues that while this appointment could be promising for the Kurdish minority in Iraqi politics, it could also compromise the long-awaited independence of Kurdistan.

Filling in the Gaps: Migration Reform in Turkey

As Europe's largest refugee-hosting country, Turkey has instituted a new immigration law for migrants and asylum seekers. But is this reform enough to fully integrate refugees into Turkish society? Lara Pham examines what the country must do to ensure comprehensive humanitarian aid.

Canada: The Arctic Middle Man

As the Arctic region gains international significance, Canada finds itself geopolitically situated between the U.S. and Russia. Zach Paikin analyzes the Arctic's influence on global power structures in a post-Cold War era.

Little Rabbit Be Good 

Chinese artist Wang Bo—known by his nom-de-plume Pi San —takes on the Chinese establishment with a daring graphic novelette.

Fleeing Burma 

Saiful Huq Omi documented the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Britain in World Policy Journal's Summer 2011 issue.

Political Murals of Cuba 

Damaso Reyes takes a tour of political murals in Havana. Is the writing on the wall for the state monopoly on public advertising in Cuba?

Islam and Chechnya 

In our Spring 2012 issue, we featured a portfolio by Diana Markosian of the pervasiveness of Islam in everyday life in Chechnya.


Hunger: The Price of Rebellion


Philippine photojournalist Veejay Villafranca captures the hunger crisis on the island of Mindanao, a legacy of decades of secular and religious conflict.


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