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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.
Most approaches to economics ignore the dynamic and often opposing forces at work, instead idealizing the economy as a realm of stability and freedom. Jim Nolt, in his inaugural post for World Policy, explains political economy in a refreshingly practical way, incorporating private power and strategy into the discussion.
Anas, who lives in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, drives one of the world’s most unusual and dangerous bus routes. He spoke to Syria Deeply about the arduous journey across the fractured city that can sometimes take up to 12 hours.
The recent terrorist attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen has given Netanyahu another chance to call for a mass immigration of European Jews to Israel. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir argues the effort is an insult to Jews everywhere and the epitome of Netanyahu's brand of political pomposity.
Canadian playwright Chantal Bilodeau recently returned from a trip to Tromsø in the Norwegian Arctic, where she spent five days working on her new play "Forward." In her latest blog, Bilodeau examines how art can play a role in responding to the threat of climate change.
The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov cast an international spotlight on those on the front lines in the fight against the government of Vladimir Putin. In our Summer 2012 issue, fellow Putin opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov spoke with World Policy Journal about how the game of social unrest is played.
Was a recent showdown over detained American missionaries merely a ploy by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to improve his dismal approval ratings? Michael McCarthy of American University argues that Maduro's latest antics are only losing him support across Latin America.
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, whose body was found slain not far from the Kremlin last week, was a prime target of surveillance by the Putin administration. An investigation by Russian researchers Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, writing for World Policy Journal in our Fall 2013 issue, details just how extensive the Russian surveillance state has become over the last decade.
As the Islamic State gains strength in Iraq and Syria, Landon Shroder of Fair Observer argues that the U.S. must choose between defeating IS or further isolating Iran. America cannot have it both ways.
Israeli Arabs may not be the largest voting bloc in the upcoming Israeli elections but their voting en masse could change the political map and potentially prevent Netanyahu from forming the next government. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir of the Center for Global Affairs at NYU challenges Israeli Arabs to fully exercise their right to vote and not squander this historic opportunity.
On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, do Israel's upcoming elections represent its last chance at making peace with the Palestinians? Dr. Alon Ben-Meir of New York University explores this and more for World Policy in his article, “Choosing Between Promise or Peril.” He speaks with host David Alpern about the promise of the Arab Peace Initiative and the dangers of a toxic residue that lingers between neighbors and enemies.
Despite low approval ratings, corruption scandals, insecurity, and political unrest, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is pushing for an overhaul of the country’s infrastructure. Cristobal Vasquez examines some of the pitfalls of such an ambitious public project.
From unchecked Russian and Chinese expansionism to the brutality of IS, the need for a formidable global military alliance of democracies has never been stronger. To accomplish this, Anders Corr of Corr Analytics argues that NATO should consider globalizing its reach by including Pacific democracies such as Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
Once a region distinctly isolated from the rest of the world, the Arctic is now facing an impending transformation of epic proportions. Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary argues that before this transition can be considered complete, Arctic nations will be forced to address not one but several global trends, from increased fuel demands to climate change.
As interest in Africa has increased in recent years, the presidential elections in Nigeria have gained global attention. At a time when many African countries are making strides toward consolidating their democracies, Mmakgantsi Mafojane argues that the postponement of elections in the continent’s richest and most populous country could raise a number of concerns.
The number of electoral democracies mushroomed in Africa over the past two decades. But does the increase in electoral democracies in Africa correspond with a wider space for civil liberties, accountability, transparency, and respect for rule of law on the continent? Joseph Mendy takes a closer look at Africa's upcoming elections, and how they will impact political and social development.
News of the Ebola vaccine trial in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, has led parents to pull their children from a polio vaccination campaign. Although polio is now rare in Liberia, health authorities have warned that the disease could re-emerge if vaccinations do not continue.
The precarious state of Venezuela's economy calls into question whether or not President Nicolás Maduro can preserve his nation's relevance in Latin America. Robert Valencia argues that Venezuela's over-dependence on oil may have undermined the very socialist principles on which it stands.
When opposition party leader Louay Hussein was arrested in November, many saw it as an attempt to halt a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Fellow opposition leader Mouna Ghanem, who works with Hussein as vice president of his political party, spoke with Syria Deeply about Hussein's upcoming trial.
After nearly nine months in office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a resurgence in Hindu nationalism. Aparna Pande of Fair Observer argues Modi should publicly clarify his position on Hindu nationalism and not allow others to frame the issue for him.
The debate over French national identity is in a deadlock, tied up by conservatives and reactionary thinkers who reject multiculturalism. World Policy Journal's Sophie des Beauvais argues the debate needs to be renewed by a strong left wing, capable of adapting to current trends.
On today's episode of World Policy On Air, does a victory for Greece's leftist Syriza party mean a "Grexit" from the eurozone? Host David Alpern speaks with Peter Atwater about his recent post for the World Policy blog, "The Syriza Triumph," and what this says about confidence in the EU.
For the latest issue of the magazine, photographer Nicholas Linn captures the stark reality faced by thousands of Tunisians, shortchanged by the promise of the Arab Spring. In the foreground of a video collage, Linn discusses his time documenting a Tunisian squatter residency in a decaying Ottoman palace.
Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer spoke last week before a private luncheon hosted by Morgan Stanley and World Policy Institute. His discussion circled the globe, touching on issues from Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, to the former Soviet Union. All the while, Bremmer underlined an urgent message for his American audience: The U.S. must adapt its foreign policy to the changing world order, or pay the consequences.
For many, the symptoms of both Ebola and malaria start out the same: a low fever, an aching body, vomiting, and headaches. After noticing that many of the country's suspected Ebola cases were in fact malaria, Cinnatus Dumbaya of Ebola Deeply reports on how Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health launched a mass prophylaxis campaign to address the confusion.
As international players try to bring peace to Ukraine, World Policy Journal’s Patrick Balbierz traces global reactions to Russian aggression in an interactive timeline. To better articulate the human experience, his narrative highlights the personal experience of a native Crimean living in the crisis behind the headlines.
- Political Economy Made Easy
- A Bus Ride Across Aleppo
- A Message to Netanyahu: Enough Is Enough
- Harnessing Culture to Address Arctic Issues
- Russia's Grandest Master: A Conversation with Garry Kasparov
- Venezuela on High Alert
- Russia's Surveillance State
- Iran's Role in Defeating the Islamic State
- The Ballot is Stronger Than the Bullet
- World Policy On Air, Ep. 4: Promise or Peril
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