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World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 12th

From state-sponsored virginity in South Africa to crimes against humanity in Burundi, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Sarah Chayes on Corruption

World Policy Journal sat down with Sarah Chayes, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and author of the recently published book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, to discuss the link between corruption and extremism.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 54: "Imagining Eden"

A unified Latin American identity may seem utopian to some, but as historian Ángel Gurría-Quintana explains on today's episode of World Policy On Air, the region’s unique cultural diversity should be viewed as a source of economic strength—not weakness.

Artist Residencies in New York City

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will soon have artists-in-residence affiliated with municipal agencies. Drawing from the work of graduate students at New York University, Jose Serrano-McClain issues recommendations on how to design these residencies.

Iran's Unjustly Imprisoned Youth

Iran leads the world in the execution of minors, and many young people are imprisoned and brutally punished for trivial crimes. Farzad Madadzadeh, a former political prisoner, explains Hassan Rouhani’s role in these injustices and the sham elections that allow them to continue.

Unlikely Allies: U.S. and Cuban Armed Forces

Cuban and U.S. armed forces professionals have been seeking a more collaborative relationship for years. William M. LeoGrande explains how military cooperation would help the two countries better address regional challenges and avoid misunderstandings that could lead to conflict.

State-Sponsored Virginity

The UThukela district in South Africa offers 16 young women the chance to have their university degrees fully funded—provided they prove, through twice-yearly testing, that they remain virgins throughout their studies. Melanie Smuts calls for an end to these kinds of programs, which fail to address public health concerns and reinforce brutal patriarchal systems.

International Crimes at Home

The first member of the Lord's Resistance Army, a 30-year-old rebel group in Uganda, is on trial. Mark Schenkel details the controversy surrounding the prosecution of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former colonel in the LRA, for war crimes.

Climate Change Theater Action

As policymakers descended on Paris in December for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference, artists around the world staged cultural events. Chantal Bilodeau writes about the success of one of these artistic ventures, the International Climate Change Theatre Action, a joint initiative that presented readings and performances in over 25 countries, including four critically important Arctic nations.

Rollback of Human Rights in Argentina

With increasing media control, repression, and controversial economic policies, the Argentine government is becoming more authoritarian. Kristina Hille draws attention to the human rights issues in Argentina that threaten its democracy.

Hillary Clinton's Hard-Line Foreign Policy

With the 2016 U.S. presidential election approaching, Hillary Clinton seems to be the most experienced candidate in terms of foreign affairs. Jonathan Power discusses Clinton's confrontational foreign policy positions during her time as secretary of state.

Crimes Against Humanity in Burundi

In recent months, many have claimed that the violence in Burundi constitutes genocide. Amilcar Ryumeko argues that regardless of whether that term is applicable, crimes against humanity have been committed and international intervention is required.

Italy-EC Deal Puts Taxpayers at Risk

Italy's new deal with the European Commission is meant to guarantee the debt of Italian banks, but will it be successful or merely put taxpayers at risk? Atul Singh examines the specifics of the deal, and raises important questions about the future of the eurozone.

Uganda’s Sick Health Sector

Presidential candidates in Uganda are calling attention to the country’s failing health sector, which suffers from a severe lack of doctors, medicine, and basic infrastructure. Isaac Imaka argues that unless the government puts its promises for improvement into action, Ugandans will continue to needlessly die.

New Face of Right-Wing Extremism in Slovakia

The Slovak public sphere is facing a new right-wing challenge from self-proclaimed "alternative media." Peter Weisenbacher argues that the only way to combat this extremism is through media literacy and education.

Pro-Assad Militias Close in on Rebel-held Aleppo

Backed by Russian air power, pro-Assad forces are close to encircling rebel-held Aleppo in Syria. Speaking with opposition fighters and activists, Tamer Osman describes firsthand the state of emergency in the city.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 5th

From perspectives on violence in Burundi to calls for joint climate action in the Arctic, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Garry Kasparov on Putin's Russia

Putin’s rule has become increasingly brutal in recent years, characterized by political repression and aggressive foreign policy. World Policy Journal sat down with Garry Kasparov, political activist and author of the recently published book Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, to discuss recent developments in Putin’s reign.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 53: Journalism in Rwanda Under Attack

Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s regime has taken steps to control the country's media and silence independent journalists. Today's episode of World Policy On Air considers both of these issues with Anjan Sundaram, author of "Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship," based on his experiences working with local journalists.

The Unraveling of Asylum

Driven by fear, EU member states are quickly eroding the rights of refugees. Nick Micinski argues that these policies, aimed at limiting the flow of refugees into Europe, come at a great cost—the loss of asylum as a human right, as well as the loss of human life.

Social Wealth and Natural Scarcity

Economics can be divided into two components: production-consumption and debt-asset. James H. Nolt dives into the interconnectedness of these components and explains the convergence of Main Street and Wall Street.

A Kidnapping That Could Change the Middle East

Developments in the relationship between Qatar and Russia, sparked in part by the recent kidnapping of Qataris in Iraq, signal the rise of Moscow’s influence in Middle Eastern affairs. Shehab Al Makahleh considers the implications of these events for regional diplomacy.

No Genocide in Burundi

The latest episodes of electoral violence in Burundi have been branded ethnically-motivated massacres, causing concern about a potential genocide. Roland Rugero argues that using the word 'genocide' in reference to the killings is inaccurate and dangerous, and that the best way to end the cycle of violence is to address the difficult conditions facing Burundi's youth.

The Future of Arctic Science

Climate change has been wreaking havoc on seabird colonies across the Arctic, as evidenced by a recent murre die-off on the shores of Prince William Sound in Alaska. Edward Struzik calls for international cooperation to respond faster to climate-related changes taking place in the region.

Forgive and Forget?

Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission is addressing a series of human rights violations that have occurred over the past six decades. Eileen Byrne argues that a new law limiting the commission's ability to investigate corruption is thwarting its aim of regaining citizens' trust in government.

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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