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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 Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest

Though the December 16 Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacks on an army public school in Peshawar are undeniably tragic, Zeeshan Salahuddin argues they may serve as a unifying force in a country politically and ideologically divided.

The Hidden War between IS and Al Qaeda

The Islamic State is often mislabeled as a branch of Al Qaeda. Sophie des Beauvais argues that though the two were once linked, they have diverged both in ideology and in their quest for supremacy in the Middle East.

Darfur: Betrayed by the UN

Since 2007, the United Nations and the African Union Mission (UNAMID) have been charged with the critical responsibility of protecting civilians and facilitating humanitarian assistance in Darfur. Ahmed H. Adam argues that due to its inherent institutional flaws, as well as the false peacekeeping pretext under which it operates, UNAMID has failed to deliver on its mandate.

Influx and Exodus: Two Conversations on Urban Density

In partnership with the Van Alen Institute, the World Policy Institute hosted "Influx and Exodus: Two Conversations on Urban Density." In back-to-back panel discussions, the central concern was how city infrastructure and policy can be designed to keep pace with the demographic shifts that accompany rapid economic growth and decline.

Ebola's Gender Bias

Directly or indirectly, women and girls are statistically more likely to be affected by Ebola than their male counterparts are. Ebola Deeply spoke with Ugochi Daniels, who heads UNFPA's Humanitarian Response, about Ebola's gender bias.

Cuba: Beyond the Embargo

Since 1960, the U.S. embargo on Cuba has crippled the island nation in more ways than one. However, the embargo is not the only reason for Cuba’s economic tribulations. Cristobal Vasquez examines Raul Castro's new policies for achieving sustainable economic growth.

Arctic Observers: Shaping Regional Interests

Last May, the Arctic Council granted Observer status to six new nations, including China, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Sophie des Beauvais examines the recent interest in the region and the role non-Arctic nations may play in shaping its future.

Venezuela’s Future Hangs in the Balance

With the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela has been adversely affected by the recent fall in international oil prices. Cristobal Vasquez explains the fiscal options available to the fledgling state and explores the outcomes of implementing those options.

Why We Need Diversity Among Political Elites

Most voters have come to accept that their leaders share a similar elite education. But they should be more concerned. As political classes become increasingly homogeneous and ministries resemble university clubs, political debate suffers. Konrad Putzier argues that party leaders must make non-traditional backgrounds a main criterion for candidate selection.

Tanzania's Girls Struggle for Education

In Tanzania, education comes at an exorbitant cost for young women. Alyssa Stein explores a new initiative by the Africa School Assistance Project to provide these girls with a safe space to learn and explore their academic interests.

The Drivers of Syrian Radicalization

Syria, long considered a moderate Muslim country, has become one of the world's most radicalized conflict zones over more than three years of war. Syria Deeply spoke to Nader Hashemi about the drivers of radicalization in Syria and the dire consequences of this trend.

A Day in the Life of an Ebola Contract Tracer

Otis Bundor, 29, is a contact tracer in West Point, a slum community of Monrovia, Liberia. West Point was quarantined by the Liberian government in August, after a spike in Ebola cases there. The community is no longer under quarantine, but Bundor’s work continues. Ebola Deeply spoke with him about the importance of his profession.

The Role of Ethics in Foreign Policy

The insertion of ethics in the realm of foreign affairs has historically been a highly fraught issue. Samantha Plesser examines the inherent challenges that governments continue to face in conducting ethical foreign policies.

Adjacent Possibilities in Action

Climate change is a unique challenge that calls on society to invoke unprecedented imagination and ingenuity to address. Canadian artist Scott Baker discusses how Canada's leading artists and entrepreneurs have partnered to combat his country's looming environmental challenges.

The Mysteries of UAE’s Nuclear Program

The United Arab Emirate has announced 60 percent progress in the construction of its first nuclear reactor. Currently, the UAE is the only country in the MENA region to be on track to achieve its nuclear goals. Saeed Alwahabi explains how the UAE serves as a model for other countries looking to expand their nuclear capabilities.

Night Kidnappings Terrorize Syrians

Syrians have grown accustomed to kidnappings of friends and family members. Just a few of those detained have been lucky enough to escape. Syria Deeply met with Fares, one of the few survivors, to learn the details of his horrific ordeal.

How Netanyahu Committed Political Suicide

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently proposed a controversial law that would formally recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Alon Ben-Meir argues that such a bill would paradoxically render Israel as the greatest existential threat to itself.

Interview with Canada's MP Dennis Bevington

Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council will end in May 2015. Erica Dingman interviewed Dennis Bevington, a member of Canadian Parliament representing the Northwest Territories (NWT), about the role Canada played during its chairmanship and the challenges the U.S. will face when it assumes control.

Debasing Africa's Largest Economy

Nigeria today is a middle-income country characterized by weak state capacity and weak state legitimacy. This state weakness makes citizens vulnerable to a range of shocks which, when coupled with Nigeria’s corrupt political economy, provides the preconditions for crisis. Soji Apampa argues that in order to fix this crisis cycle, Nigeria must move away from its current culture of corruption.

What Does The U.S. Want? A Letter, That’s All

After Boko Haram kidnapped 200 Nigerians girls, Nigeria and the United States seemed to be operating in tandem. However, Azubuike Ishiekwene argues the relations between the two countries have soured, and that they will likely get worse before they get better.

The New Face of French Jihad

In the last year alone, France has seen a 100 percent growth in the number of home-grown jihadists. But not all of these terrorists come from Muslim backgrounds. Sophie des Beauvais argues a new strategy is needed to fight terrorist recruitment, one that attacks the source of the problem and not a single community.

Syrian Artists Persevere Through War

In a time plagued by war and devastation, the arts have become one way for Syrians to rebuild their lives and reaffirm their identities. Syria Deeply interviews two artists who have continued to hone their craft despite the chaos that surrounds them.

Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

Journalists have historically been granted amnesty when reporting from war zones. However, in a post-9/11 world the rules have changed. Enemies no longer provide such immunity, and many reporters now travel as freelancers without major media support. Samantha Plesser examines the risks these reporters are taking and questions the cost of their labor.

India, Enforce Protection For "Untouchables"

Global Slavery Index's latest report states India has the highest number of people trapped in modern-day slavery. The most vulnerable group in India are the Dalits, more commonly known as the "untouchables." Keshar Patel argues the need to enforce existing legislation to protect Dalits from caste-based discrimination and exploitation.

Ebola: Heightened Risk on Aberdeen Beach

Freetown's Aberdeen beach used to be a haven for hedonism, a place where prostitutes would ply their trade. Now sex workers are especially vulnerable to Ebola's spread, forced to choose between a desperate need for income and the potentially deadly virus. Jaime Velazquez reports.

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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