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Another Tool to Control Artists in Belarus

Many artists in Belarus are struggling to adapt to the country's new "parasite law," which imposes an annual tax on working-age citizens who are not employed full-time. Tania Arcimovič argues that the development of independent artistic expression is under threat from state repression.

Education in Liberia: Disrupt the Status Quo

Almost 13 years after the end of the Liberian Civil War, schools remain unequipped to educate the country’s war-affected children. Ahmed Konneh argues that the Partnership Schools for Liberia Initiative provides a unique opportunity to redefine the current, failed model by utilizing private providers to administer high-quality public education.

LGBTQ Rights in Development Discourse

Although much progress has been made in enacting legal protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community, positioning these measures within international development discourse can lead to clashes with national politics and social norms. Lily Zacharias argues that defining LGBTQ+ rights in this way can be harmful for gender and sexual minorities.

Filling the Void

Private higher education is mushrooming around the African continent, but are these institutions effective? Ronak Gopaldas breaks down what’s driving investment in private universities and explores the costs and benefits of this model of education.

The Jig Is Up, Mr. Maduro

Venezuelan citizens currently face a lack of access to food supplies and medical care, skyrocketing inflation rates, and a government increasingly given to human rights abuses. Amanda Mattingly explains how President Nicolas Maduro's policies precipitated the current crisis and what can be done to lead the country out of it.

Perspectives from Singapore on Donald Trump

The rise of Donald Trump and the U.S. presidential race have both intrigued and terrified the people of Singapore. Tee Zhuo discusses the various Singaporean responses to the campaign, looking at the candidates’ policies through the lens of two of Singapore’s most important national interests: trade and regional security.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of June 24th

From the future of U.S.-African trade to the similarities between the Trump and Brexit campaigns, we present a host of global perspectives on the U.S. elections in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Primagate: Manufacturing Hatred in the Czech Republic

A leaked recording has brought to light Czech broadcaster TV Prima’s manipulation of news coverage concerning refugees. Jan Bělíček explains the popular station's breach of journalistic standards and how neither the Czech authorities nor the station’s Swedish owners have adequately addressed the issue.

Talking Policy: Dan Zak on Nuclear Weapons

In July 2012, three peace activists infiltrated one of the most secure nuclear weapons facilities in the world, the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. World Policy Journal spoke with Washington Post reporter Dan Zak, who chronicled this break-in and its relation to the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 73: "Bottling Up Discontent"

Government failure to provide quality water to Chennai, India, has led to increased risk of plague—and a growing black market in potentially unsafe water. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow and author Kavitha Rajagopalan discusses her piece for the Journal’s summer issue on Chennai’s water woes: “Bottling up Discontent."

Negative Publicity

Counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black and British photographer Edmund Clark collaborated for four years to document the CIA's rendition program and the American companies that helped carry it out. Jakob Sergei Weitz examines their book, Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, and the questions it raises about the opacity of government.

Macrofoundations of Microeconomics

Critics of John Maynard Keynes often point to the "microfoundations" of macroeconomics, putting their faith in the free market to provide an equilibrium wage. Debunking such textbook economics, James H. Nolt shows that capitalists often act in their own strategic interests against economic logic and at the worker's cost.

Opportunity Knocks

With inflows of foreign direct investment expected to reach $3 billion this year, Kenya is set to become one of the best places to do business in sub-Saharan Africa. Mark Kapchanga explains Kenya's rise and the challenges of corruption, infrastructure, and security that stand in its way.

Gioia Ghezzi on Europe's Integrated Railways

Leading up to the United Kingdom's referendum on whether to remain part of the European Union, arguments from both camps have debated the practical implications of a vote to Brexit. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman spoke with Gioia Ghezzi, chair of Italian national railway system Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, about infrastructure's role in an integrated Europe.

Discovering the Arctic Through its People

The Arctic is difficult to define, covering over 5.6 million square miles and inhabited by peoples from a multitude of cultures. Jean-François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan explain the importance of focusing on the region's people rather than its borders.

Why Brexit Isn’t Just British

The debate surrounding the British vote either to remain in the European Union or to leave has primarily focused on Britain itself. World Policy Journal's Robert Stevens explains why a Brexit would have global economic and political consequences.

The Best of Both Worlds

Can the United Kingdom have "the best of both worlds" by staying in the EU? British Member of the European Parliament, Geoffrey Van Orden, explains why he is voting to remain in the European Union in hopes of reforming the body from the inside.

Sergio Marchionne on the European Project

With the U.S. elections looming and the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union, the transatlantic relationship faces an uncertain future. David A. Andelman spoke with Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari, about the consequences of a potential Brexit for international trade and European integration.

Kiev's Equality March Passes Peacefully

The Orlando shooting acts as a reminder that governments cannot always protect their citizens, and that even in the most LGBTQ-friendly countries homophobia can still flourish and kill. Ian Bateson analyzes the status of LGBTQ rights in Ukraine, demonstrating that despite the successful organization of peaceful protests, this community continues to face violence and opposition.

Build Trust, Not Jails, To Improve Immunization

In March, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that will put parents in jail if they fail to vaccinate their children. Given widespread distrust of the pharmaceutical industry and of government, Ify Aniebo argues that community-based campaigns would be more effective than coercive laws in raising immunization levels.

Choosing Between Shadows

The Ahmadi, a Muslim sect, have endured intense persecution in Pakistan. Richard Potter explains the challenges thousands of asylum seekers face as they try to find refuge in Thailand.

Against A United States Defined By Hate

The repercussions of the U.S. elections extend beyond partisanship and beyond borders. Joseph A Cari Jr, chairman of World Policy Institute's Board of Directors, introduces an online series featuring international perspectives on the presidential race.

Double Trouble: Trump and Brexit

As Donald Trump continues his march toward the White House, across the pond, the campaign calling for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union is steadily gaining traction. Jonathan Stubbs compares the Trump phenomenon and the push for "Brexit," arguing that victory for both would be deeply destabilizing in Europe and beyond.

The New U.S. President and African Trade

Under the Obama administration, the United States has sought to strengthen its economic ties with African nations. Mitchell Prather considers how a Clinton or Trump presidency might shape future American-African trade relations.

The Value of Money

What gives money its value? Some think that without a gold standard, inflation becomes an intractable problem. James H. Nolt argues that this wrongly assumes the value of money depends on the value of gold itself, and that private interests have historically played a much larger role.

Burma: The War Goes On 


Diana Markosian and Tyler Stiem explore militarization in Burma, as the Kachin Independence Army expands its forces to defend a Christian minority from government troops in the Buddhist-majority country.

Those the Jasmine Revolution Forgot 


Photographer Nicholas Linn and writer Sam Kimball capture the struggles of the Tunisian underclass following the 2011 Revolution. 

Tough Love: Las Amorasas Más Bravas 


Bénédicte Desrus and Celia Gómez Ramos explore Casa Xochiquetzal, a shelter in Mexico City that allows sex workers to age with dignity.

Iran's House of Strength 


Jeremy Suyker penetrates the tight-knit community of zurkhanehs, traditional rooms for training warriors dating back to the Persian Empire, and the modern efforts to preserve this Iranian cultural heritage. 


Bolshoi Babylon 


Director Nick Read examines the dysfunction that led to an attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, before Russian President Putin stepped in to restructure the Bolshoi’s leadership.



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