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World Policy On Air, Ep. 43: The Answer to the Islamic State

In the wake of the Paris attacks, French, U.S., and Russian air forces increased their bombardment of Islamic State targets in Syria and Northern Africa. On today's episode, Jonathan Power explains why a strictly military approach alone will not solve the problem of the Islamic State.

Demand from Where?

In college-level microeconomics courses, the demand curve is presented as the bedrock of the subject. Yet as James H. Nolt explains, a consumer-centric concept of demand is "farcical" if it ignores the influence of private power.

Redefining Dispute: Collaboration in the Arctic

Arctic states regularly engage in disputes over territory and environmental regulation, especially when shipping routes and access to natural resources are at stake. Beth Brown argues, however, that the strong precedent of collaboration and compromise in the region ensures that disagreements are resolved peacefully.

Politics and Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Push

In Poroshenko’s Ukraine, politics and justice are often mixed. Nathan Dabrowski examines the problems with the government's anti-corruption campaign and specifically the Gennady Korban case, arguing that western Ukrainians must hold their government accountable for true transparency to take root.

Why Past Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Failed

Alon Ben-Meir outlines the main roadblocks to successful Israeli-Palestinain negotiations: lack of trust, failure to engage the public, a lack of comprehensive U.S. strategy, and an absence of bold leadership. He recommends an international push to strengthen negotiations and help establish a two-state solution.

Burundi: To Stop Another Genocide

Violence in Burundi has resulted in at least 240 deaths since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked protest. Jonathan Power argues that sending a U.N. peacekeeping force is necessary to prevent an ethnic conflict reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide.

What's Gone Wrong with the EU

Geoffrey Van Orden, a Conservative member of the European Parliament from the U.K., says the European Union is bloated, wasteful, and out of sync with today's challenges. Despite this, Van Orden argues the U.K. shouldn't rush to abandon the EU just yet. Instead, politicians should fight for reforms before rushing for the exits.

After Gadhafi

Libya's stock exchange, while never particularly attractive for investors during Moammar Gadhafi's rule, essentially came to a standstill in 2014. Mary Fitzgerald argues that investment will remain low until political stability returns and the government creates a stable regulatory framework.

10 Tips for Traveling to Cuba

Despite recent economic reforms in Cuba and the normalization of relations with the U.S., the island is still not what many would consider a conventional tourist destination. Ted A. Henken shares 10 tips to consider before visiting to the island nation.

The Russian Trump Card

Russia recently introduced a resolution at the United Nations condemning Nazism, xenophobia, and racism. World Policy Journal's Yaffa Fredrick explains how this seemingly hypocritical move is in fact in line with Russian state interests, ensuring Putin maintains support in Moscow while creating ill will toward Washington D.C.

The Islamic State Bans Syrian Banknotes

Islamic State authorities have banned the use of newly pressed 500 and 1,000 Syrian pound notes in jihadist-controlled territory. Reporting from Raqqa, Syria Deeply investigates rumors over whether the move is a precursor to a complete phasing out of Syrian currency or to financially benefit the terror group's senior officers.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 20th

From Islamophobia to the escalating conflict with the Islamic State, we address a wide range of responses to the attacks in Paris in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Selecting the Secretary-General: From Custom to Law

Ban Ki-moon’s tenure as secretary-general will end after the 2016 U.N. General Assembly, and the search for his successor has already begun. World Policy Institute’s Jonathan Cristol argues that the Security Council can increase the influence of the General Assembly in the search for the new secretary-general without diluting its own power.

To Privatize Infinity and Beyond

Space travel has remained primarily exploratory and humanitarian thanks to the constraints of the internationally recognized Outer Space Treaty. World Policy Journal's Yaffa Fredrick details the need for the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space to enforce the tenets of the treaty in the face of U.S.-led efforts to profit from such mineral-rich celestial bodies as the moon and asteroids.

Israeli Forest Fire Reveals Issues of Budgetary Transparency

A neglected forest fire atop Israel's Mt. Carmel prompted the non-profit Public Knowledge Workshop (or Hasadna) to search for answers in the national 2011-12 budget. When Hasadna found it lacked access to basic facts and figures, the organization sought allies within the government to make crucial financial information available to the public.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 42: Terror and the Migrant Crisis

Even before the tragic events in Paris a week ago, Sweden — widely regarded as the most progressive European country on asylum issues — was forced to backtrack on several of its commitments to aid Syrian refugees earlier this year. On today's episode, Damaso Reyes articulates the growing pressures on EU member states to close their doors to those fleeing terror and tyranny.

All Prices Are Political

Economics claims that many prices are determined by "free market" relations of supply and demand, but Nolt argues that this is a myth. All prices are political, that is, influenced by the strategic action of various private powers.

The Paris Attacks: A French Perspective

Much of the Western response to the attacks in Paris has been focused on immigration policy and the Islamic State's stronghold in war-torn Syria. Paris-based journalist Sasha Mitchell contends, however, that the isolation felt by French Muslims is providing a dangerous breeding ground for extremism right in France's backyard.

The Paris Attacks: An American Perspective

France's response to last week's terror attacks has been swift, with numerous bombings of Islamic State targets in Syria and police raids in and around Paris. World Policy Journal's Nellie Peyton offers an American perspective on the fall-out, noting the subtle divide between U.S. and French policymakers over who should take the lead in confronting the Islamic State.

Putin the Peacenik?

Russia's expanded role in Syria is often interpreted as clashing with U.S. positions regarding the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad's place in a political transition. Seth Thompson argues, however, that the Russian intervention may in fact increase the odds of a peaceful end to the conflict.

Trust or Bust

Remittances to Africa have tripled since 2004, serving as a major funding source for economic development as well as a lifeline for families. Nontobeko Mtshali examines Africa's reliance on money sent back from abroad, arguing that good governance, transparency, and political stability remain the keys to successful development.

The Paris Attacks and the Confidence Crisis

Reflecting on last week's attacks in Paris, Peter Atwater argues that acts of terrorism and paranoia are typically responses to perceptions of uncertainty. The Islamic State's behavior can thereby be connected to falling oil revenues and ramped-up international involvement in Syria and Iraq.

Accessible Energy’s Importance in Development

High-level climate change debates often minimize the energy needs of remote regions. World Policy Journal’s Karina Taylor argues the need for better access to electrical resources as these communities join a world consumed by sustainable development.

Before Traveling to Cuba

Despite the technological constraints and economic limitations that Cubans face today, local entrepreneurs are sidestepping the government and launching a digital revolution on the island nation. In offering an introductory guide for future visitors to Cuba, Ted A. Henken describes a start-up landscape that is redefining tourism.

Ice Watch: Paris

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference kicks off on Nov. 30 with the ambitious goal of reaching a legally binding agreement on climate change. Laurel Jarombek previews Olafur Eliasson and Minik Thorleif Rosing's glacier ice installation project, Ice Watch, which will provide a dramatic visual representation of global warming's impact in the center of Paris as world leaders try to negotiate a deal.
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World Economic Roundtable with Vicente Fox 

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Burma: The War Goes On 


Photographer Diana Markosian and writer Tyler Stiem explore the complex 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 


Photographer Bénédicte Desrus and writer Celia Gómez Ramos explore the individual stories of residents of 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 long saga of dysfunction that led to an attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of Moscow’s revered Bolshoi Theater, before Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped in to restructure the Bolshoi’s leadership.


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