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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. 


Ukrainian Crisis: West Needs Proactive Policy

Western responses to the Ukrainian crisis have thus far been reactionary. Uldis Blukis, professor emeritus at Brooklyn College, argues that the U.S. and Europe need to take a more proactive approach to prevent, or at least minimize, Russian aggression.

Pakistan: Countering Insurgency

In June, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, intensifying the country's military response to rebel factions. Zeeshan Salahuddin examines the offensive and the potential for Pakistan to quell the ongoing insurgency.

ISIS: A Potential Chemical Threat?

ISIS has taken radioactive isotopes from Mosul University and now controls a small amount of Saddam Hussein's leftover chemical material in al-Muthanna. Karen Leigh speaks with terrorism expert Hamish de Bretton Gordon about the threat of chemical weapons in the hands of rebel groups.

A New Turkish Foreign Policy?

As Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan transitions from prime minister to president, he has the opportunity to reform the country's precarious foreign policy. Bayram Balci examines Erdogan's diplomatic missteps and the potential to improve Turkey's relationships abroad.

China and the Papal Pivot to Asia

During Pope Francis' recent visit to South Korea, Chinese authorities blocked Catholics from attending his first mass in Asia. Harry W.S. Lee explores Catholicism in China and the complex relationship between Beijing and the Vatican.

Venezuela’s Sovereignty Under Attack

An impending bill in the U.S. Senate will likely increase funds to anti-government groups in Venezuela, funneling millions of dollars annually to these "pro-democracy" factions. Ramiro S. Fúnez warns that U.S. financial intervention challenges Venezuelan sovereignty.

Need for Global Energy Security

The UN's new Sustainable Energy for All Initiative addresses the growing need for energy reform amongst global governments, the private sector, and civil societies. Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella discusses the link between international energy policies and poverty eradication, climate security, and technological development.

Logbook: Expedition to the North Pole

In 2011, Brazilian artist Marcelo Moscheta participated in the Arctic Circle expedition in the international territory of Svalbard. His resulting installations and journal entries offer an inside look at the Arctic's remote terrain.

China’s Double Standard on Terrorism

China vilifies the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkestan by referring to them as terrorists. However, the U.S. refuses to acknowledge this label. Alim A. Seytoff analyzes Beijing's oppression of the ethnic group as a hypocritical application of the term "terrorism."

Kurdish Independence Hangs in Limbo

The Iraqi government recently appointed former Kurdish Prime Minister Fouad Massoum to the presidency. Patrick Balbierz argues that while this appointment could be promising for the Kurdish minority in Iraqi politics, it could also compromise the long-awaited independence of Kurdistan.

Filling in the Gaps: Migration Reform in Turkey

As Europe's largest refugee-hosting country, Turkey has instituted a new immigration law for migrants and asylum seekers. But is this reform enough to fully integrate refugees into Turkish society? Lara Pham examines what the country must do to ensure comprehensive humanitarian aid.

Canada: The Arctic Middle Man

As the Arctic region gains international significance, Canada finds itself geopolitically situated between the U.S. and Russia. Zach Paikin analyzes the Arctic's influence on global power structures in a post-Cold War era.

Ebola: How Local Governments Can Respond

Ebola has already claimed more than 1,000 lives in West Africa, leaving local governments and NGOs scrambling for a permanent containment solution. Grant Olcott argues that with increased awareness and effective use of quarantine, Ebola can be effectively curtailed.

Iran's Underground Trade of U.S. Army Gear

Iranian artist Farideh Sakhaeifar is drawing attention to the illegal sales of U.S. military gear in her nation's capital. Her installation displays the malleable cultural significance of these items as they are exchanged between countries and people. Cleo Abramian reports.

Kurdish Female Fighters Take Stand Against ISIS

Female fighters and commanders comprise as much as 30 percent of Kurdish forces in Syria. Ahmad Khalil and Karen Leigh report on the women who are taking up arms against extremists in the northern city of Hassakeh.

The Double Folly

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies, the strategies of Hamas and Israel prove increasingly dogmatic and unsustainable. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir discusses the urgent need for compromise and the opportunity for resolution amidst the current crisis.

Uncertainty in Brazil's Presidential Elections

As Brazil's economy stagnates and government corruption peaks, President Dilma Rousseff's bid for reelection this October has become anything but certain. Luis Ferreira Alvarez explores the factors at play in the country's imminent presidential race.

Terrorism and Charity: Defining Hamas

While Hamas is an internationally recognized terrorist organization, it is also a main provider of social goods and services to vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza. Lara Pham investigates the organization's complex identity.

In Morocco, Crackdowns on Press Freedom

Morocco's 2011 popular uprising didn't produce the constitutional reform or democratic changes the population demanded. In fact, rather than pursue new political strategies, Morocco's King Mohammed VI has only strengthened his crackdown on press freedom. Karina Piser discusses how the King's post-2011 purported reforms have hurt the country.

The Need to Unleash Africa's Ideas

President Obama's African Leadership Summit convened this week, connecting African leaders to their U.S. counterparts in an effort to spur cross-continental partnerships. David Stevens describes the significance of the Summit and the importance of mutually-beneficial, innovative idea-sharing between Africa and the West.

Post-War Is Back

One hundred years ago this week, German troops crossed the border into Belgium, starting World War I and setting the stage for WWII . Though both wars have long been settled, the political aftermath of these great conflicts still shapes international relations today. Konrad Putzier reports.

ISIS is Making $3 Million Each Day

ISIS has taken control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam, a heavily publicized story making international headlines. What many do not know is that the terrorist group is currently raking in millions of dollars each day from seized Syrian oil fields. Syria Deeply explains how ISIS is profiting from these fields.

Sexy Politics: Gérard de Villiers' Latest Spy Novel

Gérard de Villiers' "The Madmen of Benghazi" blends the political turmoil of the Arab Spring with themes of intrigue, murder, and sex. Aliza Goldberg reviews de Villiers' daring take on the spy genre.

France's Battle Between Unity and Censorship

On July 16, French politician Anne-Sophie Leclère received a nine-month prison term and 50,000 euro fine for publicly comparing Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a black woman, to a chimpanzee. Karina Piser argues that while her comments were reprehensible, the judicial system cannot censor public figures or its citizens.

The Dark Reality of the Mining Industry

Mining disasters, though often preventable, have become all too common in the industry. Focusing on Turkey's recent tragedy in Soma, Aliza Goldberg examines why so many malfunctions persist, despite legislation to prevent them. She argues for tougher enforcement of life-saving regulation.

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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