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World Policy On Air, Ep. 82: Eyes in the Skies

The distinction between peace and war is being blurred by proxy forces, militant extremist groups, and lone attackers empowered by increasingly deadly and available technology. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Anja Kaspersen, member of the WPI Advisory Council and former head of international security at the World Economic Forum, discusses the complex new realities of hybrid warfare.

Immunization is Key to Healthy Systems in Africa

The resurgence of polio in Nigeria and subsequent efforts to expand vaccination highlight the social, political, and bureaucratic difficulties in eradicating infectious diseases, particularly in areas affected by conflict. Dr. Folake Olayinka argues that health care services must become more reliable and proactive in order to increase vaccination coverage in many African countries.

Incentives And Peace

France convened an international conference in June to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but it concluded without establishing measures that would persuade both parties to resume negotiations. Alon Ben-Meir outlines the three key elements that are getting in the way of reaching a peace agreement.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 81: Global Responses to the U.S. Elections

Breaking with World Policy Institute's tradition of staying out of U.S. politics, Joseph A Cari Jr, chairman of the Board of Directors, launched a weekly series of comments from around the world on this year's U.S. presidential race. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Cari comments on views from the U.K., Mexico, Turkey, Israel, and more.

Balance Sheet Recessions

Economist Richard C. Koo coined the term “balance sheet recession” to refer to the unusual problem Japan has faced since the 1990s—high net private savings despite near zero interest rates. Building on Koo’s research, James H. Nolt presents solutions to this economic puzzle.

Global Roundtable: Borders

Borders are used to define the territory of nations, people, and even special zones, and their implementation can both impose limits and encourage creativity and change. In their essays, Emma Xin Ma and Gili Merin explore the economic, social, and political impact of borders within China and between Lebanon and Israel.

Impressions of the Inuvialuit

The people of Canada’s Western Arctic, the Inuvialuit, are working hard to maintain their land and traditional ways of life while keeping pace with rapid technological advancements. Paul Shenher reflects on his first trip to the Arctic and how he saw Inuvialuit communities using satellites, fiber optic cables, and infrastructure developments to stay connected.

Transparency Imperative: India’s Implementation Crisis

India’s right to work act should provide a security net for millions living in rural areas, but it has been in crisis since its inception a decade ago. Erin Bryk argues that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government needs to prioritize implementation of the program, rather than showcasing its “transparent” operations online.

The Profit/Purpose Corporation Goes Global

With the rising influence of new demographic groups, the expectations for corporations to successfully retain both employees and consumers have shifted. Michael A. Genovese considers how a growing trend toward conscious consumption and investment, combined with increasing numbers of millennials and women in the workforce, could transform corporations into more socially responsible entities.

Talking Policy: George Saunders on the Trump Campaign Trail

Award-winning short story writer, essayist, and author George Saunders' recent piece for The New Yorker chronicles the months he spent this spring on the Donald Trump campaign trail, interacting with supporters and protesters. World Policy Journal spoke with Saunders about his time at the rallies, his style of literary journalism, and the view from America's far right.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 80: "Honor Killings"

Coverage of honor killings in Muslim societies has increased in Western media in recent years, but so have the numbers of incidents and victims. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, activist attorney, author, and columnist Rafia Zakaria argues that the Western media model of "naming-and-shaming" in cases of honor crime has failed the very victims they are trying to help.


The first artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms, is hosting an exhibit in New York to showcase works that raise questions about fundamental political principles. Jakob Sergei Weitz discusses the co-founders' motivations for establishing a new kind of super PAC and their aim to spark conversations leading up to the U.S. presidential elections.

Dynamic Private Strategy

Investors can wield strategic power in order to manipulate private markets through various tactics. Looking at the example of financier Bill Browder's investments in Russia after the collapse of communism, James H. Nolt explains how this type of influence can shape economies.

People of the North: Introduction

“People of the North” is a new interview series developed in partnership with Kesserwan Arteau, a legal and consulting firm that works with Indigenous communities. In this first installment, Jean François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan interview each other about their early experiences in the Arctic.

Jan Malinowski on Drug Policies

Jan Malinowski is executive secretary of the Council of Europe’s drug policy platform known as the “Pompidou Group” and one of the most influential voices on European drug policy. In an interview with World Policy Journal Editor Emeritus David A. Andelman, Malinowski discusses the efficacy of drug programs worldwide and incorporating human rights and health concerns into policy approaches.

The Global War of Narratives and the Role of Social Media

Thanks to the digital revolution and the growing importance of social media, individuals and non-state actors have become creators of narratives and have the ability to confront and destabilize institutions and missions. Anja Kaspersen and Jean-Marc Rickli look into the battlefield implications of this technological diffusion.

The Migration Crisis and African Asylum Seekers

Eight of the 10 athletes on the Refugee Olympic Team are of African origin. As the refugee crisis has become one of the key storylines of this year’s Olympic Games, Andrew Maina explains that African migrants will continue to seek asylum abroad as long as there is persecution and violent conflict in their home countries, and structural inequality in the international economic system.

France: The Impact of the U.S. Election

The upcoming U.S. presidential election could change the course of alliances and political decision-making around the world. Sidonie le Youdec explores the potential consequences of a Trump presidency for U.S.-French relations.

Talking Policy: Rafia Zakaria on Pakistan

Oscillating between democracy and martial law, Pakistan’s government presents a nationalist narrative that edifies the military and those currently in power. World Policy Journal spoke with Rafia Zakaria, a renowned attorney and human rights activist, to discuss the themes of her memoir, including Pakistan’s ideological struggle with marriage, the consequences of migration on ethnic politics, and the country’s “war on public space.”

World Policy On Air, Ep. 79: Double Trouble

Waves of anti-immigrant, anti-globalist, and anti-elitist sentiment buoyed the success of both Brexit in the U.K. and Donald Trump in the United States' Republican primary. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, British political blogger Jonathan Stubbs discusses these two campaigns and why post-Brexit Britain could find it difficult to engage in trade partnerships with a potential Trump administration.

Strategic Private Power

Most economic theories tend to conceive of markets as unregulated spaces free from external influences, even though this claim bears little resemblance to financial reality. James H. Nolt explains how strategic assessments of risk by powerful private actors can influence the direction of markets in the short and long run.

"Zero Days" and the Need for Cyber Policy

Zero Days, a documentary by Alex Gibney, lays bare the heavy artillery the U.S. has secretly developed for conducting cyberwarfare. Lisa Thomson discusses the uses and possible consequences of these emerging capabilities.

WPJ Interactive: 'One Arctic' Symposium

In April 2016, Arctic experts and practitioners gathered in Washington, DC for a two-day symposium on the theme of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, "One Arctic." World Policy Journal's interactive presentation takes the audience through the pressing issues discussed at the conference, from sustainability and the regional economy to including sub-national groups in policymaking decisions.

The Problem with Too Much Terrorism

As terrorist attacks become more frequent, they appear more normative. Peter Atwater examines the ramifications of such habituated thinking and argues that policymakers around the world are likely to respond by stepping up anti-terror efforts dramatically in the coming months.

Is Technology Blurring the Lines Between War and Peace?

With technology increasingly blurring the lines between war and peace, advocacy and propaganda, crime and competition, states can no longer hope to deal with new threats by themselves. Anja Kaspersen argues that states need to collaborate with each other and the private sector, or risk facing a future without peace.

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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