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World Policy On Air, Ep. 147: "Rape and Power in Nicaragua"

Nicaragua ranks fourth in the world for most reported incidents of rape, and this problem originates in the highest echelons of power. This week on World Policy On Air, journalist Ian Bateson talks about rape and power, and why the country’s laws are failing Nicaraguan women.

Smart Slums, Smarter Cities

As climate change continues to affect weather patterns, floods are becoming a regular phenomenon in many African cities. Carl Manlan discusses how community-focused urban design can prevent extreme weather from destroying local economies.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 146: "Past Corruption Haunts Tunisia"

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is the only state where a protest movement gave way to a democratic transition. This week on World Policy On Air, Amna Guellali of Human Rights Watch discusses how Tunisia's past corruption and authoritarianism are haunting the fledgling democracy.

Talking Policy: Zakia Soman on Muslim Women in India

Triple talaq, or instant divorce, was recently banned in an Indian Supreme Court ruling. World Policy Journal spoke with Zakia Soman, the co-founder of a women's collective that campaigned against the practice, about issues facing Muslim women in India today.

The Social Roots of the New Drug Scare in Budapest

Illegal drug use has been spreading rapidly in Budapest, spurring a rise in police raids and arrests. Peter Sarosi describes the inadequate services, unemployment, social exclusion, and racism behind Hungary's drug boom.

絆に縛られる 安倍政権下日本の親密な関係における暴力

This article has been translated from English. 安倍政権下で強化される保守的家族観と新自由主義秩序によって、女性はどのような犠牲を強いられているか?

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 10th

From the Pakistani Taliban's attempts to attract female recruits to a proposed law in Japan that privileges the family unit over the individual, we explore how the concept of family is being reasserted and redefined in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Mark Kenneth Woods on the Inuit LGBTQ2 Movement

Colonization and religious mission in the Canadian Arctic shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality, gender, and family structure, but now members of a younger generation are reasserting their LGBTQ identities. World Policy Journal spoke with filmmaker, actor, and activist Mark Kenneth Woods about the contemporary Inuit LGBTQ2 rights movement.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 145: "How Likely is Trade War?"

President Trump railed against China on the campaign trail, citing unfair trade practices, but as he meets with Xi Jinping many speculate that Trump will reconsider plans to limit Chinese imports. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy fellow James H. Nolt argues that the conventional wisdom is wrong and a trade war is far more likely than many believe.

Power Dynamics of a U.S.-China Trade War

Facing political challenges at home, President Trump continues his Asia trip with a visit to China, a nation he painted as an enemy on the campaign trail. James H. Nolt explains why Trump is unlikely to drop his talk about trade imbalances, given the domestic factors pushing the two nations toward economic conflict.

Circumnavigating the Globe to Confront Climate Change

Dario Schwörer has walked, bicycled, and sailed around the world, collecting and spreading knowledge about the effects of climate change. Erica Dingman spoke with Schwörer about his visits to Canada’s indigenous communities, where the environmental and cultural implications of tourism and development remain a topic of debate.

The Kremlin’s 1917 Revolution Problem

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the October revolution, which ushered in the Soviet era, a high point of Moscow's global influence. Amie Ferris-Rotman describes how the Kremlin's determination to silence dissent has caused it to approach the commemoration with caution.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 3rd

From Spain to Kenya, we explore how voters' choices can change the course of social movements in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Maureen Freely on the State of Turkish Media

As President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intensifies his crackdown on Turkey’s press, Madonna in a Fur Coat, a 1943 novel by dissident political writer Sabahattin Ali, has returned to bestseller lists. World Policy Journal spoke with Maureen Freely, who translated Ali’s work to English, about why this book resonates so strongly with readers today.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 144: "Arms & Alliances in East Asia"

The specter of nuclear conflict has been hanging over the Korean peninsula for some time, but recent inflammatory rhetoric has brought heightened urgency to the situation. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy fellow Jonathan Cristol discusses the future of security cooperation in East Asia.

Political Realism and Private Power

While China is often portrayed as a unified and inscrutable state, rapid economic growth has allowed opportunities for individuals to pursue personal wealth. James H. Nolt contends that Chinese business plays just as significant a role as U.S. private interests in the two countries' trade relations.

Organic Food Is Not Just for the Rich

In many parts of the world, organic food is regarded as a luxury item because it is significantly more expensive than conventional groceries. Nigerian biochemist Mojisola Ojebode explains how accessible and affordable organic food could improve Africa's environment, economy, and overall health.

Norway’s Identity Crisis: The Battle for Lofoten

The breathtaking beauty of Norway's Lofoten archipelago has cemented its status as a source national pride, but the debate over tapping into its massive oil reserves has stirred controversy. Hannah Buehler examines how, as pressure from environmental advocates rises, Norway must decide whether further investment in the oil and gas industry is a wise choice.

How Fake News Helped Slovak Extremists Become Reality

Anti-Western and pro-Kremlin websites have brought Slovakia's far right close to the halls of power. Michael Colborne explains how media outlets supporting extremist politicians have targeted the younger generation with fake news.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 27th

From the U.K. migration rules keeping families apart to the environmental regulation that may determine the future of the Arctic's Indigenous communities, we explore the negative side of policy in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 143: "The Global Gamble"

In 2014 people across the world spent over $293 billion on lottery tickets, an amount greater than the gross domestic product of more than 150 countries. This week on World Policy On Air, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein describes the multinational gaming organizations that dominate this global industry.

A Possible U.S.-China Trade War

In a public hearing in Washington, business leaders and researchers testified about allegations of Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. James H. Nolt discusses the Trump administration's insistence on addressing trade issues through bilateral, rather than multilateral, channels, and whether this recent dispute could escalate beyond D.C. chambers.

It’s Time to Phase Out Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

Since the Selendang Ayu oil spill in 2004 and the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in 1989, many have called for a ban on the usage and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. James Gamble argues in favor of a ban, but emphasizes that a phaseout of heavy fuel oil must take into consideration the economic and social effects on Indigenous communities.

Arms and Allies: Security Cooperation in East Asia

As saber-rattling by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un escalates tensions on the Korean peninsula, the World Policy Institute hosted a panel on security cooperation in East Asia. Speakers Ankit Panda, Emilia Puma, and Dr. Hyun-Wook Kim discussed the implications of Pyongyang's recent strides in nuclear capability for the future of the U.S.-led alliance system in the region.

Russia’s Lock On Family History

In the aftermath of World War II, thousands in Russia were sentenced to death or the gulag on charges of collaboration with the Nazis. Howard Amos explains why the Russian government has thwarted Dmitry Ostryakov's efforts to find out whether or not his great-grandfather was guilty of the crime for which he was convicted.



Nauru: A Cautionary Tale 


Vlad Sokhin documents life in Nauru, a tiny, once-wealthy Pacific island where land has been stripped bare and the hulking shells of the phosphate mining industry have been left to rust.

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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