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Why the Kremlin is Waltzing over “Matilda”

A new movie about Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and his affair with a Polish ballerina has brought protesters onto the streets. Daria Litvinova explains why the Kremlin is staying above the fray, even though many of those demanding the film be banned are Putin supporters.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 138: "North Korean Nuclear Quandary"

At his first speech at the U.N., President Trump threatened to "completely destroy" North Korea in response to its nuclear weapons program and provocative missile tests. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy Senior Fellow Jim Nolt discusses how a slide into open conflict may be more likely than we think.

Slipping Toward War with North Korea

The Trump administration has begun to suggest scenarios where U.S. anti-missile systems are authorized to shoot down North Korean test missiles. James H. Nolt considers the potential for military escalation if this policy were to be enacted.

Beauty of Lofoten, and the Beast

It is estimated that 450 million tons of plastic were produced this year alone, 80 percent of which was single-use. Photographer June Grønseth documents the environmental devastation caused by plastic pollution near her home in Lofoten, Norway.

Reveal: The Rise of the New German Right

Our partners at Coda Story teamed up with Reveal, a weekly radio program, to take a close look at the rise of Germany's far right—and how Berlin decided to take a tough line on fake news.

Popular Lynching in Madagascar

Incidents of lynching have become increasingly common in Madagascar in the past two years, and the government has been unable to stop them. Yvon Randriaharimalala suggests that reintegration of the historical Dina court system could empower communities to systematically resolve conflict rather than resorting to violence.

Will Immigration Rescue Japan, and the Region?

Japan, home to the world's oldest population, is facing a crisis as the country's shrinking workforce threatens its economic stability. Craig Moran argues that loosening immigration policies would help address this demographic imbalance while also benefitting other nations in the region.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 15th

From electoral races to the distribution of public services, we highlight the ways money dictates the workings of politics in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Shantha Sinha on Child Rights in India

Child poverty, child labor, and child marriage affect millions of young people in India, despite several laws meant to prevent them. World Policy Journal spoke with Shantha Sinha, former chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, about her activism and the impact of globalization on children.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 137: "Fanning the Flames of Violence in Burundi"

Earlier this month, a report by the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Burundi recorded a litany of human rights abuses and recommended that the International Criminal Court open an investigation immediately. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, political analyst Amilcar Ryumeko discusses how the international community has failed to protect Burundian victims of atrocities.

Sanctions Inefficacy

In response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council has passed its toughest sanctions to date. James H. Nolt explains how the added economic pressure will affirm to Kim Jong Un that he is on the right course, rather than curb the country's weapons program.

The Non-Issue of Russia’s Arctic Continental Shelf

Moscow has been careful to follow the rules of international law when it comes to the Arctic continental shelf, one of the area's last outstanding territorial disputes. Morgane Fert-Malka asks commentators to drop the rhetoric around a “race for resources,” which feeds into harmful discourses about Russia's activities in the region.

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov have maintained a mutually beneficial relationship in recent years. But as thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, writes Alexey Kovalev, Kadyrov's public opposition to the Kremlin position has made officials in Moscow uneasy.

Stopping the Menace of the Fall Armyworm

From Ghana to Ethiopia, an infestation of the fall armyworm poses a threat to food security across Africa. Esther Ngumbi discusses ways that governments and international organizations can enhance their efforts to curb the spread and impact of this destructive pest.

Shutting Dirty Money out of Paraguay’s Political Campaigns

In April, the people of Paraguay will head to the polls to replace Horacio Cartes, who won the presidency in 2013 after pouring unprecedented amounts of money into his election campaign. Sebastián Acha explains how campaign finance regulations undermine Paraguayan governance and how political leaders can promote transparency.

Talking Policy: Serge Brammertz on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has been working to hold individuals accountable for violations of international law for nearly 25 years. World Policy Journal spoke with Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor of the ICTY, about the tribunal's influence on international law and the challenges that lie ahead for the national courts that must continue its work.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 136: "Why Global AIDS Relief Failed to Stop the Disease"

The campaign to combat HIV/AIDS is often cited as an example of how fundraising efforts by states and private organizations can be channeled to address critical global issues. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, journalist Ross Benes discusses why the billions of dollars that poured into AIDS-relief groups' coffers failed to stop the spread of the disease.

The North Korean Nuclear Quandary

As tensions ratchet up on the Korean Peninsula, many hope that a new round of U.N. sanctions can bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table. James H. Nolt explains why this faith in sanctions and diplomacy is misplaced, and how proponents of military action often exaggerate the threat of North Korean artillery.

"Angry Inuk" Challenges Stereotypes of the Inuit

Anti-sealing campaigns launched in the 1970s and 80s prompted Europe to ban the import of all seal products by 2009. Lucy Kruesel examines a new documentary, Angry Inuk, which explores the impact of those campaigns on Inuit communities and how Inuit voices are often censored or misunderstood.

Does Québec Need the Arctic Council?

Québec has increasingly promoted its Arctic agenda on the international stage, independent of the Canadian government. Amy M. Delo explains how the development policy Plan Nord has helped Québec gain regional influence, but has faced criticism from the province's indigenous communities.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 135: "The Convergence of the Far Right"

In the wake of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump was widely criticized for emphasizing violence "on many sides" and failing to forcefully condemn white supremacists. This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with Jacob Davey, a project coordinator at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, about the increased visibility and collaboration of neo-Nazi movements across the U.S. and Europe.

Asian Tiger Meets the Polar Bear

The Arctic Council's template for sustainable growth has drawn the interest of countries outside the region, and some, such as South Korea, have been admitted to the organization as observers. Jay-Kwon James Park discusses Seoul's efforts to become an asset to the Council by developing partnerships with Arctic states and communities.

Katie Gagnon: Québec Political Scientist Telling Stories of the Russian North

While many envision the Arctic as frigid and inhospitable, political scientist and documentary filmmaker Katie Gagnon has embraced it. Gagnon speaks with Karina Kesserwan about her efforts to bridge the gap between southern misperceptions and her experiences in northern Russia and Québec.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 134: "Innovation at the Arctic Council"

In 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev became the first major political figure to deliver a speech on Arctic issues, setting in motion a process to establish a regional governance body. This week on World Policy On Air, Nadine Fabbi, the head of the Arctic Fellows program at the University of Washington, discusses the progress the Arctic Council has made after 30 years of operation.

Talking Policy: Veronica Herrera on Clientelism in Water Provision in Mexico

In decentralized governance systems, provision of water services is often subject to the political motivations of local officials. World Policy Journal speaks with Veronica Herrera about why reform efforts and community campaigns in some Mexican cities have succeeded while others have floundered.



Nauru: A Cautionary Tale 


Vlad Sokhin documents life in Nauru, a tiny, once-wealthy Pacific island where land has been stripped bare and the hulking shells of the phosphate mining industry have been left to rust.

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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