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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 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.

The Rise of Nouri al-Maliki

In reaction to a controversial Reuters story, Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters Ned Parker left Iraq after being threatened and denounced by various Shi'ite groups. In the Spring 2013 issue of World Policy Journal, Parker filed the following report with Reuters correspondent Raheem Salman on the rise of then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki.

Controversy and Inclusion in Austria

The Austrian Islamic community is outraged by a new law that bans foreign financing of Muslim organizations operating in the country. Despite the controversy, World Policy Journal's Sophie des Beauvais argues that the overall legislation will actually help fight the discrimination and stigmatization of Muslims in Austria.

Freedom In Martyrdom

The public discussion about the root causes of violent extremism often focus on the socio-economic conditions of the Arab states and resentment of the West. Alon Ben-Meir argues the West and the Arab states must chart a new course of trust and mutual respect to counter violent radicalism.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 10th

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World Policy On Air, Ep. 10: The Future of Islam

On today’s show, Professor Ziauddin Sardar joins host David Alpern to tackle the question of what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. From new interpretations of Shariah law in Morocco to a more critical analysis of Islam's role in Middle Eastern politics, Sardar argues that the future of the monotheistic religion increasingly depends on its ability to embrace a plurality of ideas and diversity of thought.

Cuba’s Value at the Summit of the Americas

Renewed dialogue between the United States and Cuba will energize the Summit of the Americas, which kicks off on April 10, 2015 in Panama. Lissa Weinmann argues the U.S. should use the opportunity to announce a working relationship with Cuba, which will advance a hemispheric agenda of healthcare for all and help gain lost ground for the U.S. in Latin America.

Conventional Wisdom and the Next Unknown

In the latest issue of World Policy Journal, Jack Devine and Amanda Mattingly discuss the unknowns that the international community must confront. World Policy Journal's Patrick Balbierz examines these lurking threats in an exclusive interactive Prezi.

Bills for Bulls

Many think of a bill more as a restaurant tab or a federal note rather than as an instrument of credit. James H. Nolt examines the economic function of the bill as a weapon of financial warfare dating back to medieval times, and the ways bills can be deployed by bears and bulls for their own gain.

Another Brutal Murder Shocks Bangladesh

Following the brutal murder of critical blogger Avijit Ro in Bangladesh, another writer, Washiqur Rahman, was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka on March 30. Will Calhoun of Fair Observer argues that while the murders point to the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh, to dismiss them as mere acts of terror misses the point.

The Future of Shipping & Trade in Arctic Waters

Until recently, international trade and shipping was closed off to the Arctic because of its harsh climatic conditions. Willy Østreng examines the future of shipping and trade in Arctic waters, both in terms of economic and political priorities.

Can Africa's Informal Sector Spur Growth?

For decades, academics, development practitioners, and urban planners have viewed Africa's informal economy as an inferior sector. However, Mary Njeri Kinyanjui of the University of Nairobi contends that artisans and traders behind these informal networks exhibit a brand of solidarity entrepreneurialism that enables market growth as well as community development.

Obama's Worldview

With the announcement of a tentative nuclear framework agreement with Iran, the core of President Obama's foreign policy is being put to the test. While former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense William Beecher argues the legacy of Obama's rose colored worldview is very much up for debate, it is hardly set in stone.

Chat Room: Ali Akbar Salehi

The proposed framework for controlling Iran's nuclear ambitions is being hotly debated. A key Iranian official at the negotiating table--MIT-trained nuclear engineer Ali Akbar Salehi, now head of his nation's nuclear program--outlined his view of Iran's role in the world for World Policy Journal when he last served as Iranian foreign minister.
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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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