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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. 


World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 24th

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Anders Rasmussen on World Order and U.S. Leadership

Recent international instabilities and democratic failures could push the West out of the global stage. Former secretary general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the need for american leadership in a new world order at the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 12: Abandoned

On today’s podcast, British journalist Nicholas Jubber discusses his new World Policy e-book, Abandoned: Life for Mali's Nomads in the Wake of War, with host David Alpern. Jubber describes how Malian nomads serve as the last bulwarks against jihadism in the war-torn Northern African country.

Cuban Trade in a New York State of Mind

Earlier this week, Andrew Cuomo became the first U.S. governor to lead a trade mission to Havana since the renewal of U.S.-Cuban diplomacy in December 2014. Lawrence Gutman argues such diplomatic missions present an array of opportunities for both American business interests and Cuban citizens.

Derivative Duels

The enormous expansion of derivatives trading in recent decades has made almost every form of asset worldwide subject to such leveraged betting. James H. Nolt explains this economic mechanism and the risks involved in deploying derivatives.

Realignment in the Caucasus

Nearly a quarter century after the Soviet Union collapsed, Turkey and Iran are courting stronger relationships with potential partners in the traditionally Russian domain of the Caucasus. World Policy Journal's Evan Gottesman explains how the ascent of new alliances could shift the balance of power in the region.

After Ebola, Hunger in Sierra Leone

Alongside government efforts to spearhead food distribution in areas recovering from Ebola, ordinary Sierra Leoneans are creating their own drives to keep hunger at bay in their local communities. Cinnatus Dumbaya followed Amelia Memsor Weaver to the village of Magbanamati to learn more about one of these initiatives.

Iceland’s Arctic Awakening

Human capital is an indispensable asset to prosper in the Arctic's harsh living conditions. Heidar Gudjonsson and Egill Thor Nielsson argue that Iceland, the world’s oldest democracy and the site of the world’s northernmost capital, is an excellent case in point that an outward looking modern society with high living standards and excellent infrastructure can be developed in the Arctic.

Anti-Chinese Policies Are Only Hurting Taiwan

Despite growing economic ties between Taiwan and mainland China, Taipei continually seeks to distance herself from Beijing. Xiaoyue Hao of New York University argues that Taiwan's long-term prosperity demands the island bury the hatchet and accept that its fortunes are inextricably tied to the mainland.

Addressing Hate Speech in African Digital Media

Hate speech plagues digital media channels across Africa, promoting xenophobia, homophobia, and ongoing ethnic strife. Mohamed Keita argues that the gatekeepers of these institutions can do more to foster healthy and positive dialogue through existing social mediums.

Colombia’s Financial Paradox

Colombia may be leading Latin America in economic growth and consumer spending, but income inequality and the increasing cost of living are keeping many Colombians from achieving true prosperity. Cristobal Vasquez argues that subsequent credit allocation may create a financial crisis in Colombia not unlike that seen in the U.S. or Greece.

Egypt May Label Soccer Fans as Terrorists

Egypt has moved closer to labeling militant soccer groups as terrorist organizations, considering these groups the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule. James Dorsey argues that this is just another method for repressing freedom of expression in a country plagued by military rule.

Yarmouk Refugee Camp: Caught in the Crossfire

The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front is helping the Islamic State’s attack on the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the hope it can seize the camp for itself. Syria Deeply spoke with one local activist who identified himself as Walid al-Agha about the latest developments within the camp.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 17th

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Phnom Penh Before the Fall: A Reporter's Memory

Forty years ago this week, Cambodia was careening toward the end of a bloody war, as the violent Khmer Rouge prepared to enter the nation's capital. For six weeks, David A. Andelman, now editor and publisher of World Policy Journal, then a correspondent for The New York Times, lived through the worst of times. Here, he tells the story of the time he spent in this war-torn country.

Central Asia’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

Each of the five Central Asian republics has reacted quite differently to the Ukrainian crisis. Emil Joroev of the American University of Central Asia discussed before the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program that the disparity between these responses gives great insight into how the republics view both the Kremlin and the world at large.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 11: The Next Unknown

On today's show, CIA veteran Jack Devine joins host David Alpern to discuss the challenges in identifying the next global security risks. Despite the intelligence community's best efforts to thwart terrorism, there continue to be small- and large-scale attacks. And, according to Devine and his colleague Amanda Mattingly, these failures will continue to happen unless we start to embrace a less conventional approach to intelligence gathering.

Myanmar Still Has A Long Way to Go

Any tourist can find reliable signs of sustainable economic prosperity in Myanmar. Yet Lucas Ausems of Fair Observer argues the country still suffers from a decaying infrastructure, a looming identity crisis, and numerous impediments to further democratization.

Big Bearish Banks

For centuries, bonds have played a critical role in the political economy. James H. Nolt explains the origins of bonds, the monetary leverage they can produce, and how governments often delegate the distribution of bonds to the private sector, creating a bearish bias in some of the largest banks.

WPJ Live: Twitter Chat #TheUnknown

In an exclusive World Policy Journal Twitter Chat, we asked our panel of experts, contributors, and followers to weigh in on the Big Question from our latest issue, "What is your country's biggest fear for its future?" We share some of the highlights from #TheUnknown conversation.

Hunger in the Arctic

Food insecurity rates in Nunavut are among the highest in the world for an indigenous population. Brian Kingston argues better access to local food will not only decrease hunger but also foster the development of northern communities.

Forced to Flee

Refugees are often forgotten casualties of war, whose struggles frequently go unnoticed during lulls in violent conflict. Artist Sidd Joag observes the power of visual storytelling in a new book of work by youth refugees, while reflecting on his own time spent near the conflict zone on the Sino-Burmese border.

The Rise and Perils of West African Startups

Despite the attention paid to Africa’s successful entrepreneurs and the international funders that support them, many African startups face a host of obstacles, which hinder their success and profitability. Raindolf Owusu argues both local government and foreign investors must restructure the way they distribute guidance and aid.

Ebola: 'Rollercoaster Ride' to Zero Cases

While authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone have made great strides in the battle against Ebola, Guinea continues to lag behind. Ebola Deeply argues that for the virus to be eradicated, government officials must first tackle the fear and rumors that persist in this impoverished nation.

Jabhat Al Nusra: A Game Changer In Syria

While the world has focused on ISIS, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Al Nusra has steadily expanded and consolidate its power in northern Syria as it strives to become a long-term political player. Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, spoke to Syria Deeply about the Nusra Front’s game-changing rise in Syria.
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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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