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As the crisis in Ukraine continues, the lack of a unified response by NATO is setting a troubling precedent for former Soviet satellites who are particularly susceptible to covert Russian aggression. World Policy Journal’s Jordan Clifford notes that the disparity of urgency felt by new and old members of the alliance is playing right into Putin’s hands.
On today’s podcast, as the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran steadily approaches, leaders from across the world anxiously anticipate the results of the negotiations. Host David Alpern speaks with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense William Beecher about the controversial role that Congress will play in finalizing the deal and what a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran would look like if a deal were not reached.
What do the arrests of FIFA officials, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s refusal to publicly disclose his finances, and the $5 billion fine levied against Wall Street banks by the Department of Justice last week all have in common? Economist James H. Nolt detours into recent headlines to illustrate how politics and market power blur the lines between fact and fiction.
March 31 marked the fifth anniversary of the Right to Education Act’s passage in India, which promised free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 to 14. However, M. Krishnamurthi argues that the law focuses largely on the number of students, schools, and teachers, rather than on improving qualitative norms of education.
While their neighbors in Liberia have rid themselves of the Ebola epidemic, western Guineans continue to face a surge in cases. Ebola Deeply's Amadou Touré speaks with Dr. Sakoba Keita, Guinea's National Ebola Response Co-ordinator, about the role that the transportation industry--especially taxi drivers--can play in fighting the spread of the disease.
Though U.S. Secretary of State Kerry expressed America's determination to develop clean energy in a speech before the Arctic Council, the Obama Administration has approved an increase in Alaskan offshore drilling. Mia Bennett points out that these contrary moves will only put the region at risk and further deter efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on oil.
Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki discusses his latest film, "Return to Homs," and his work in depicting the humanity caught in the crossfire of the Syrian Civil War.
Upon seizing Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State closed the city's public schools and forced teachers to attend training courses in Islamic education. Syria Deeply speaks with one of the city's former teachers about the radical changes in Deir Ezzor's education system since the IS takeover.
World Policy Institute has returned from its trip to Cuba. Don't forget to read the weekly newsletter for updates and pictures from the exploratory mission to the island nation on the cusp of great change.
On today’s podcast, HIV/AIDS is emerging as a critical health issue across the Middle East and North Africa, but many political leaders in the region are refusing to take action. Writer and consultant Christopher Reeve talks with host David Alpern about the struggle of patients and survivors to overcome cultural and religious stigmas surrounding this disease.
While lowering the value of debt sounds like an ideal financial trend, James H. Nolt argues that debt deflation plays a significant role in the development of financial crises, including the infamous Great Depression.
Thousands of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East have lost their lives seeking asylum in Europe. World Policy Journal's Sophie des Beauvais contends that unless EU member states can agree on a common asylum policy, many more lives will be lost to the Mediterranean Sea in the coming months and years.
Though global leaders remain optimistic about the future of the Arctic, science paints a much more complex and challenging picture. Megan McGarrity of the Canadian Climate Forum highlights expert testimony on these challenges from its 'Unraveling of the Arctic' event.
Does the narrow victory of Prime Minister David Cameron and his fellow Conservatives in the recent U.K. elections mean extinction for the Labour Party? Atul Singh of Fair Observer argues that the onset of democracy in Great Britain has not only led the Conservatives to great political success in the 20th century, but near total domination in the 21st.
Africa is home to seven of the world’s fastest growing economies, yet only 6 percent of young people in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in higher education institutions. President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute Amini Kajunju argues that investment in higher education is essential for economies on the continent if they want to successfully compete in the global market place.
When authorities in Sierra Leone announced that schools across the country would reopen in April, many reacted with excitement. But a number of students told Cinnatus Dumbaya of Ebola Deeply that various challenges, from poor public transportation to basic sanitation in schools, are hampering their educational progress.
On May 3, Muhammad al-Anadani, a 30-year-old Arabic language teacher was in a school in the besieged city of Aleppo when he heard the telltale whistle of a barrel bomb. The educator sits down with Syria Deeply to detail the disintegration of Aleppo's school system amid the conflict.
Since the 1950s, more cynical American attitudes toward Cuba have envisioned the island as a "blank canvas" for foreign investment. World Policy Journal's Lawrence Gutman argues, however, that Cuba actually has an active investment landscape with a range of foreign partners, largely thanks to the recent faltering of Latin American economic powers like Venezuela.
On today’s podcast, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick discusses major talking points from ‘The Big Question’ section of the Journal’s Spring issue. From man-made disasters in the Asian Pacific to Italy’s aging population, Fredrick expounds on expert responses to the question of “What is your country’s greatest fear for its future?”
Recently, various European government bonds began trading at negative nominal yields--the financial equivalent of paying people to borrow money. Economist James H. Nolt assesses the implications of this so-called "new normal" that many economic schools of thought have taught to be a nonsensical impossibility.
Women who join the Islamic State often do so believing they will be fighting on the front lines. Instead, many are recruited only to solve the "marriage crisis" among jihadi fighters. Security studies professor Mia Bloom speaks with Syria Deeply about the deception used to recruit Syrian and Iraqi women for IS.
The Arctic is receiving unprecedented attention from across the world, frequently for reasons having little to do with inhabitants or events in the region itself. Victor Larin of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok takes a discerning look at the world's growing interest in the Arctic and how it can be channeled for the greatest good.
Armed with a new reform platform, Brazil's new education minister, Renato Janine Ribeiro, aspires to blur the lines between art, education, dialogue, and liberation. Brazilian artist Gian Spina traces the ancestry of Ribeiro's thinking from ancient Greece to the radical, democratic German arts scene of the 1960s.
The first installment in a new series of posts by Zambia-born documentary filmmaker Franco Sacchi tells the story of Ariff Shamji, the CEO of AAA Growers. After being educated abroad, Shamji returned to Kenya to found an agriculture company that would go on to employ over 4,000 people.
- World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 29, 2015
- Putin’s NATO: Reshaping the Political Space
- World Policy On Air, Ep. 17: The Iran Deal
- Sport, Politics, and Market Power
- India Must Focus on Education
- Driving Ebola Away in Guinea
- America's Two Faced Approach in the Arctic
- Returning to Homs
- Syria: The Islamic State's Schools in Dier Ezzor
- World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 22nd
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