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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. 

 

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Eyewitness to Democracy: South Africa

Traveling to South Africa, a group of Columbia University graduate students launched a research project to gauge the future of the country's democracy in advance of the upcoming elections. In an exclusive video, the students share what South Africans had to say about the state of their political sphere.

10 Latin American Women to Watch in 2014

Latin America is seeing a rise in the number of women entering politics, a hopeful sign for gender equality in government. Libby Leyden-Sussler highlights ten influential women transforming Latin America's politic sphere and explains the initiatives they're leading.

Rwanda & South Africa: Unfinished Journeys

In the past 20 years, Rwanda and South Africa have emerged from deeply violent pasts, embarking on paths toward democratic governance. Dr. Gertrude Fester compares the countries' recent histories and argues that gender equality must be a top priority in both democratic transitions.

The University Business Model: Designed to Fail?

The cost of higher education in the U.S. is exceptional - and not in a good way. Professor Henry Carey argues that increasing tuition and decreasing funds are putting the American university system behind its global counterparts. Can the U.S. afford the rising cost of higher education?

Behind-the-Scenes with Saudi Arabia's First Female Director

In a World Policy Journal exclusive, Haifaa al-Mansour reveals the challenges of being Saudi Arabia's first female director. In a behind-the-scenes look from our Spring 2014 issue, al-Mansour explains how she overcame a myriad of obstacles to make her first feature film, "Wadjda."

What It Would Take To Stop Boko Haram

Monday's deadly car bombing in the heart of Nigeria's capital is said to be the work of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. World Policy Journal re-visits its in-depth visual on how Boko Haram operates and what it would take to stop them.

Defending Human Rights in Latin America

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Latin America once stood as a political authority in the region. But recently countries have stopped listening to the Commission's rules or withdrawn altogether. Robert Valencia asks, is the Commission still relevant?

Russia's Anti-Gay Law: Fueling an AIDS Crisis

Russia's anti-gay propaganda law is not just about equality. For many, it's about life or death. Hayato Wantanabe explains how Putin's violence against the gay community is feeding an epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Lebanese Politics Need More Than a Quick Fix

Religious tension, political gridlock, and increasing violence have Lebanon's government in crisis mode. While an interim government gave hope to many Lebanese citizens, Roma Parhad argues that Lebanon needs to completely restructure its bureaucracy.

The Arab Constitutional Transition

Since the start of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has struggled to draft a new constitution and solidify a democratic process. But recently the country has made significant political gains. Myriam Benraad and Karina Piser report on constitutional processes across the Middle East, asking could other Arab countries follow suit?

Ending Pakistan's Polio Crisis

Pakistan is one of the few polio endemic countries left in the world. Zeeshan Salahuddin explains why campaigns against polio in Pakistan have failed and reports on the plans health officials have to stop the health crisis.

Safeguarding Syrian Refugees

The crisis in Syria has escalated significantly, leaving over 2.5 million refugees searching for new homes. Amanda Roth explains how the refugee situation has the potential to become a security concern for the Middle East and provides a strategy to integrate refugees into their new host states.

Exporting Desperation: Free Trade in Mexico

NAFTA policies were initially put in place to bolster Mexico's economy. However, a recent documentary, "Who is Dayani Crystal," reveals otherwise. Lauryn Beer argues that restrictions imposed by NAFTA actually hinder the Mexican government from enacting sustainable economic reform.

WPJ Live: Twitter Chat #SexAndSexuality

In a World Policy Journal Twitter chat, we asked our experts, contributors, and followers to weigh in on the Spring Big Question: "How do sex & sexuality affect an individual's role in society?" Check out the conversation here.

Arctic Rhetoric

Today, international media coverage of Arctic issues often implies stakeholder nations are on the brink of conflict. Erica Dingman argues this political rhetoric overshadows cooperation and peace efforts, and threatens to damage future Arctic relations.

Eastern Europe: In Need of NATO Action

The annexation of Crimea is not the only recent act of Russian military prowess. Alex Botting explores Putin's belligerence toward neighboring countries and argues NATO nations must do more for the region than impose economic sanctions.

Partisanship: El Salvador's Growing Threat

El Salvador's recent presidential election has sparked severe backlash from the losing party, despite international findings that the election was fair. Jamie Stark reports on how growing controversy around the election endangers the country's political welfare.

Tracking South Africa’s Democracy In Real Time

A group of Columbia graduate students recently returned from South Africa, after collecting data on a breakthrough project: the South Africa Service Delivery Protest Tracker. The tracker will help analysts gauge the future of South Africa's democracy by tracking the number of protests occurring in real time.

10 Breakthrough Women in Global Business

Historically ostracized from the workplace, women are assuming roles as CEOs, board members, and higher-level management positions around the world. Patrick Balbierz highlights the top ten influential women transforming the global marketplace.

Allowing Ukraine Its Own Voice

As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to threaten Ukraine's sovereignty, the West contemplates its mode of intervention. Elizabeth Pond argues that the West should support, but not dictate Ukraine's political future. By exercising some restraint, the West can help Ukraine maintain its independence.

"Big Men," A Look at Ghana's Oil Industry

Rachel Boynton's new documentary, "Big Men," reveals the inner workings of a key economic apparatus in Ghana- the oil industry. Discussing Ghana's unique political and economic history, David Stevens analyzes whether the film accurately captures the industry's complexity.

Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics

While the Arab Spring was broadcast as a political and economic struggle, religion played an equally important role. Patrick Balbierz argues that growing religious rifts between secular and conservative parties threaten the future of the Middle East at a critical point of transition.

The Hidden Order of the Brave New World

In a World Policy Political Salon, Yale architect Keller Easterling and WPI Senior Fellow Greg Lindsay delve into how infrastructure is not just simply the walls and spaces that surround us, but the ways in which power is organized. Libby Leyden-Sussler reports on a few of the innovative discussions surrounding global urban planning policy.

The Somali Question: Revisited

In response to Monday's blast in Nairobi, Kenyan authorities have rounded up over 600 Somalis and detained them for questioning. World Policy revisits Mwaura Samora's Fall 2013 Journal article, which examines the dangers of a heavy police presence in Eastleigh, the Somali enclave in Nairobi.

Spanish Artists Debate Democracy

In response to recent economic and political turbulence in Spain, several prominent artists have taken to their mediums to debate their country's democratic future. Capturing the disillusionment of Spanish citizens, these artists argue that Spain should prioritize democratic rights over economic growth, and that citizens should become more actively involved in their government. Sarah Lipkis reports.
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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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