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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. 


International Gold: Demand and Insecurity

Since much of the gold mining in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire is unlicensed and illegal, the governments in Monrovia and Abidjan have little idea of how much gold is produced, who buys it, or where it ends up. The answers to these questions may lie in a remote area of southeastern Liberia, located in Grand Gedeh County and extending over the Cavalla River into western Côte d’Ivoire.

Psychological Warfare and Chemical Weaponry

The Syrian government is in possession of four kinds of chemical weapons, previously kept secret for fear that it would fall in the hands of IS. Hamish de Bretton Gordon spoke to Syria Deeply about IS, chemical weapons, and what he sees as the real threat on the ground.

The Syriza Triumph

Many are interpreting the victory of Alex Tsipras and Syriza, his left wing political party, as a sign of Greek voters’ unified opposition to austerity measures. Peter Atwater insists Greece's electoral outcome reflects a growing lack of confidence in the European Union and the eurozone.

The Price of a Resource Economy

It is often said that resource extraction is the “cornerstone“ of northern Canadian economies and the only way northerners can make a decent living. Shauna Morgan argues, however, that we need more research comparing economic benefits from resource extraction to the actual costs of public subsidies and environmental liabilities.

Going Back to School in Liberia

As Ebola cases dip across West Africa, schools are beginning to reopen. Guinea's schools were the first to open their doors, and preparations are underway for Liberia's schools, colleges, and universities to welcome back students on February second. Richlue O. Burphy reports on the challenges.

A Momentous Opportunity to Embrace the Arab Peace Initiative

With the Arab Peace Initiative returning to the negotiation table and the prospect of new leadership in Israel, peace between the Jewish state and the Palestinian people has never been closer. Alon Ben-Meir insists that the opportunity should not be wasted by any parties involved.

The Fate of Badawi

With Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud laid to rest on Friday, a first test the direction the kingdom could take under his successor, his younger half-brother King Salman, may be how it treats a dissident blogger, Raif Badawi. World Policy Journal's Jordan Clifford examines the controversy and the intricate political dynamics at play both inside and outside the center of Sunni Islam.

Assessing the Threat of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, has long been prominent and poses an ongoing security challenge to the West. Jennifer Cafarella spoke to Syria Deeply about why Jabhat al-Nusra is difficult to contain or defeat inside Syria and how it poses a threat to global security.

Kurdish Voices on Iraq's Future Must Be Heard

As part of a broad coalition, Kurdish fighters from across the Middle East are joining in the fight against ISIS. Fair Observer's Aras Ahmed Mhamad speaks to Kurds about their views on the Iraqi theater of the conflict.

Inuit Women in Canada: No More Stolen Sisters

Calls for a wider public inquiry into the high rate of missing and murdered Native and especially Inuit women have been raging in Canada. Sophie des Beauvais argues this tragedy will not stop until the government decides to finally support its native populations.

Capturing Value in Africa's Industrial Revolution

Contrary to conventional economic wisdom, the boom of Asian industrialization has kept African manufacturing from reaching its full potential. Yet Alireza Sanieipour of Fireside Research suggests that, by refusing to play to their own strengths, Africa’s industrial renaissance could be hiding under China’s thumb.

Ebola: 244 Patients Found Through House-to-House Search

Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Center (NERC) has launched "phase two" of an operation designed to curb the spread of Ebola in the western part of the country. Ebola Deeply’s Aruna Turay met with retired Major Palo Conteh, who heads the NERC, to find out more.

Choosing Between Promise or Peril

With Palestine making moves toward statehood and Israeli elections on the horizon, World Policy Journal's Dr. Alon Ben-Meir examines the many non-starters in future negotiations between the two long time adversaries.

Judged as a Failure

The murder of four Jews at a Paris kosher supermarket on January 9 brought France's tormented relationship with this beleaguered minority back into the headlines. World Policy Journal's Evan Gottesman explains that France has not done enough to rectify anti-Semitism and that a confluence of interests between far-right parties and radical Islamists means a resolution may be impossible.

Syria: A Broken and Fragmented State

Last year was the deadliest in Syria's four-year conflict. Salman Shaikh, a Syria specialist and director of the Brookings Doha Center, spoke to Syria Deeply about the state of the conflict and the possibility of a political solution in the country.

Israel’s China Option

A prospective free trade agreement between Israel and China is shedding new light on an increasingly influential yet oft-overlooked relationship. However, Evan Gottesman argues that Israel will still ultimately have to answer to Washington, not Beijing.

Rivals in the Arctic

Though foreign relations in the Arctic move glacially, diplomatic ties between Russia and Canada have consistently remained strong. Canadian researcher Joel Plouffe argues, however, that Russia’s recent ambitions in the Arctic have led Canada to shift its allegiance toward the United States, risking its historically healthy ties with Russia.

Echoes of India’s Violent Sectarian Past

Just seven months ago the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were swept into power with the largest mandate in India’s recent history. Jas Singh argues the campaign of forced religious conversions and crescendo of extremist rhetoric from the BJP and its affiliate groups is likely to invoke ghosts of India’s past of state-sanctioned, and even state-sponsored, violence against its religious minorities.

Ebola: The Nexus of Religion and Health

Sheikh A.B. Conteh is the president of Sierra Leone's Inter-Religious Council and a chief imam in Freetown, the nation's capital. Ebola Deeply spoke with him about changing burial practices, national collaboration, and religion's wider role in the response to Ebola.

FIFA's Next President

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein's announcement that he will challenge the world soccer body’s four-time president, Sepp Blatter, has turned the poll into a battle for the group’s future. James M. Dorsey explains how a vote for the Jordanian prince is a vote against the FIFA president, following multiple corruption scandals, and more likely a vote for change.

Restoring Law and Order in Mexico

Last week, nearly three months since the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, the wife of the Mexican city’s former mayor was charged with organized crime and money laundering. But will her arrest put the public at ease? Daniel Kapellmann and Jamie Stark 
argue that Mexico's security issues require a much more sophisticated and multi-layered approach if they are to adequately address the concerns of citizens.

Pencil vs. Kalashnikov

After the brutal murder of "Charlie Hebdo" cartoonists this week, World Policy Journal contributor Damien Glez, a fellow member of Cartooning for Peace, reflects on the loss of his friends and colleagues. True to his form, he lets his images do most of the talking.

Shattering Israel’s Image

Israel's international image has been shattered over the past six years. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir argues Netanyahu and his cohorts are largely to blame. If Israel is to regain any credibility on the international stage, it will have to coalesce around a new, more pragmatic leader.

A Get Out of Jail Free Card?

Six years after rampant violence rocked Kenya's presidential elections, President Uhuru Kenyatta now faces charges of crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court. Brian Mwiti explains why Kenya should not withdraw from the ICC despite the initiation of criminal proceedings.

The New Face of French Jihad

This morning, three armed gunman broke into the offices of "Charlie Hebdo", the French satirical newspaper, killing 12 and wounding at least seven. These tragic events highlight an ongoing issue in France− how to efficiently ward off religious extremism in a country where secularism is the norm. In light of these events, we repost an article from the end of 2014, which examines this issue.

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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