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#OneArctic Symposium

During the One Arctic symposium hosted in April at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C, experts examined the theme of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council: “One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities." World Policy Institute invited attendees to share their thoughts on the discussions at the conference using the hashtag #OneArctic.

The Gambia Government's Involvement in Trafficking

Although The Gambia’s government has ended its official labor agreement with Qatar, it is an open secret that traffickers bring young Gambians boys and girls to work in the Middle East. Sanna Camara discusses the government’s involvement in this well-orchestrated system of contemporary enslavement, revealing the abuse and exploitation these young children are subjected to.

Beyond Borders: Indians and the U.S. Presidential Election

India's relationship with the United States could be altered drastically depending on who wins the upcoming election for U.S. president. Sukanya Roy considers the potential consequences of a Clinton or Trump administration for Indians within the country and abroad.

Israel Today: An Omen for Trump's Tomorrow

At the end of this presidential election, Israel and the U.S. may end up more similar than ever—which does not bode well for the U.S. Asher Schechter analyzes the disturbing similarities between the rise of Donald Trump and the xenophobic, anti-intellectual, and divisive politics that have plagued Israel in recent years.

Israel in Africa: Not Just Opportunism

Critics of Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to Africa have been quick to point out the strategic benefits the Israeli prime minister hopes to reap from re-engaging the continent. Jonathan R. Beloff and Samantha Lakin offer a more nuanced perspective with their analysis of Israel-Rwanda relations, highlighting the deep connection shared by the two countries' history of pain and violence.

Talking Policy: Noam Chomsky on Academia and U.S. Foreign Policy

Described as the "father of modern linguistics," Noam Chomsky has spent more than 50 years as both an analytic philosopher and as a staunch (and no less influential) social and political critic. World Policy Journal traveled to Cambridge to sit down with the professor at his MIT office and to discuss his career, the repeating patterns of U.S. foreign policy, and the state of American citizenry.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 77: The Coup That Wasn't

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan foiled a military coup and began a massive purge of opponents. On this episode of World Policy On Air, Ahmet S. Yayla of George Mason University, former chief of counterterrorism in the Turkish National Police, says coup leaders misjudged Erdogan’s ability to exploit their plot and his popular support, despite signs of regime aid to ISIS. Also: how ISIS made calls for specific "lone wolf" terror.

Cultural Rubble

The deliberate destruction of a culture makes up half the original definition of the term "genocide" and is often forgotten. Jakob Sergei Weitz explores the damage of cultural genocide through the film "The Destruction of Memory," screening at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

Ethiopia’s Road to Regional Integration

Ethiopia’s recent election to the U.N. Security Council is contentious because of the country's long-standing geopolitical conflicts. Yousif Yahya argues that in order for Ethiopia to be perceived as a credible regional and global power, it should seize the opportunity to resolve its conflicts, integrate the region's economy, and address issues of common interest.

Economists and the Powerful

Who is correct, Keynesians or free market fundamentalists? Both are wrong, argues James. H Nolt, who returns this week to his analysis of the true mechanism at work beneath the surface squabbles of the two camps: private power.

What (and who) is next in Turkey?

Immediately following Turkey's failed coup, Erdogan began to dismiss and detain thousands of dissenters. Oset Babur discusses the aftermath of the failed coup, arguing that Turkish citizens should brace themselves for an increasingly anti-secular and anti-democratic AKP government.

The Grass and the Elephant: Cuban Perceptions of the United States

The relationship between the United States and Cuba reached a milestone last year with the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Carlos Alzugaray explains how Cubans' perception of the United States has evolved over the past half century, and what this new normalization could mean for Cuba moving forward.

Safer Than Cyberspace, At Least

Despite Russia's increasing run-ins in the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and a troop build-up close to Finland’s border, the Arctic doesn't seem to be a concern for NATO officials. Kevin McGwin discusses the lack of attention paid to the Arctic at the recent NATO summit in Warsaw.

Flags of Convenience: Panama Papers on the High Seas

Flags of convenience are intended to designate the regulations a ship is subject to under maritime law. Craig Moran explains how they allow countries to circumvent labor laws, avoid taxes, and violate international environmental standards in practice.

EU Sidesteps Human Rights Standards

In conversation with the Sudanese government, the EU pledged $2.2 billion through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to resettle Europe’s unwanted migrants. In the EU's desperation to resolve the refugee crisis, Ahmed H. Adam and Ashley D. Robinson question the decision to collaborate with a genocidal and repressive regime like Omar al-Bashir's Sudan.

Environmental Management: A Malaria Control Strategy for Nigeria

Nigeria has the world’s highest burden of malaria mortality, accounting for more than 20 percent of malaria deaths in 2015. Oluwatomisin Ogundipe argues that environmental management is necessary to improve Nigeria’s current malaria initiative and reduce the country’s high death toll.

Turkey, Erdogan, and the Coup that Wasn't

Friday's attempted coup in Turkey has been a source of confusion both domestically and internationally. Ahmet S. Yayla examines the circumstances surrounding the attempt and explains how its failure could help Erdogan further consolidate his power.

Syrian Refugees Entering Austria’s Job Market

Having received approximately 90,000 asylum requests in 2015—the second highest in Europe on a per capita basis—Austria faces the challenge of integrating refugees into the local economy. Luka Vasilj describes one program designed to help Syrian job seekers access the Austrian labor market.

Protect Girls Through Minimum-Age Marriage Laws

According to a recent UNICEF report, more than 700 million women today were married as children. Simon Hedlin emphasizes the need to support the passage of national minimum-age marriage laws in high prevalence countries that lack them.

The International Criminal Court at a Crossroads

Anniversaries are often cause for celebration, but the International Criminal Court—the world’s only permanent tribunal set up to try atrocity crimes—is at a crossroads. As the court hits its stride 18 years after the Rome Statute and 13 years into operation, a weak political climate on human rights threatens to undercut its role.

Enabling Returns for the Displaced in Syria

While there is still no end in sight for the violence in Syria, a long-term solution is needed for the refugee crisis. Paul Callan, Taufiq Rahim, and their colleagues argue that the international community should take specific actions today so Syrians have the option to return home when the country becomes more stable.

Asserting a Forgotten Identity

The Khoikhoi people, exploited and oppressed by white colonists, face a quandary regarding their status in South Africa's racial hierarchy. Jean Burgess, the chief of the Ghonaqua Khoikhoi, explains the historical burden of the Khoikhoi through the lens of a new book, Sarie, written by Heinrich Bohmke.

Building Consensus After the South China Sea Decision

Earlier this week, an international tribunal in The Hague rejected China's historical claims to the South China Sea and ruled that its actions have violated the Philippines’ sovereignty. Joseph Young argues that the international community should build upon this precedent to pressure China into changing its policies.

Talking Policy: Shaukat Aziz on Pakistan

Pakistan's geopolitical and economic role in South Asia has shifted over the course of the past decade. World Policy Journal spoke with Shaukat Aziz, who served as prime minister of Pakistan from 2004 to 2007, about the country's economic development and the evolution of its relationships with other major powers in the region.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 76: "Attention: Deficit Disorder!"

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the world's major economies have not done all they could or should do to minimize the threat of another global economic collapse. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, political scientist Edward A. Fogarty discusses the obstacles for multinational institutions like the EU and G-20 in coordinating fiscal policy.

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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