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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. 



The  World Policy Institute understands that policymakers and opinion leaders need creative ways to catalyze innovation and engage wider coalitions in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.  By working with artists focused on the same issues, this cross-cutting initiative seeks to build a new, collaborative model for social change. 


Trans[ition] in Iran: An Interactive Timeline

After Thailand, Iran is the leading country for sex change operations. World Policy Journal presents an interactive timeline detailing how Iranian culture came to favor sex change operations over lesbian and gay acceptance.

Frosty Relations: Militarizing the Arctic

As the ice covering the Arctic melts, world leaders are realizing the rich potential the region holds. Questions of ownership reveal that the Arctic is now one of the world's largest theater for military operations. An in-depth graphic examines the military forces at play.

Uncovering the Story of a Former Nazi Doctor

In a World Policy political salon, internationally syndicated journalist, Souad Mekhennet, led an intriguing discussion on how a former Nazi doctor escaped a global manhunt. Keshar Patel shares highlights from the engaging conversation.

Barack Obama, The Peacemaker

Less than two weeks after Barack Obama assumed the presidency, he was nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Beecher explains how President Obama's foreign policy strategy makes him a less-than-deserving candidate for the coveted peace award.

Captured in Damascus: A Young Man's Story

Thousands of civilians are allegedly in the custody of both Syrian state security and opposition groups. Once a biology student in the Syrian capital, one man, now free and living in Istanbul, details his seven months of detention in centers around the city.

Israel-Palestine: World Policy on Al Jazeera

Earlier this week, World Policy Institute fellow Patricia DeGennaro appeared on Al Jazeera America to discuss the precarious state of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. DeGennaro discussed the steps both sides would need to take for the peace process to have a fighting chance.

An Interview With Brazil's Financial Pioneer

Joaquim de Melo's strategy of offering community banking and microcredit to poverty-stricken communities is helping build new markets across Brazil. Cristóbal Vásquez sits down with de Melo to discuss the story behind his economic initiative.

Eyewitness to Democracy: South Africa

Traveling to South Africa, a group of Columbia University graduate students launched a research project to gauge the future of the country's democracy in advance of the upcoming elections. In an exclusive video, the students share what South Africans had to say about the state of their political sphere.

10 Latin American Women to Watch in 2014

Latin America is seeing a rise in the number of women entering politics, a hopeful sign for gender equality in government. Libby Leyden-Sussler highlights ten influential women transforming Latin America's politic sphere and explains the initiatives they're leading.

Rwanda & South Africa: Unfinished Journeys

In the past 20 years, Rwanda and South Africa have emerged from deeply violent pasts, embarking on paths toward democratic governance. Dr. Gertrude Fester compares the countries' recent histories and argues that gender equality must be a top priority in both democratic transitions.

The University Business Model: Designed to Fail?

The cost of higher education in the U.S. is exceptional - and not in a good way. Professor Henry Carey argues that increasing tuition and decreasing funds are putting the American university system behind its global counterparts. Can the U.S. afford the rising cost of higher education?

Behind-the-Scenes with Saudi Arabia's First Female Director

In a World Policy Journal exclusive, Haifaa al-Mansour reveals the challenges of being Saudi Arabia's first female director. In a behind-the-scenes look from our Spring 2014 issue, al-Mansour explains how she overcame a myriad of obstacles to make her first feature film, "Wadjda."

What It Would Take To Stop Boko Haram

Monday's deadly car bombing in the heart of Nigeria's capital is said to be the work of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. World Policy Journal re-visits its in-depth visual on how Boko Haram operates and what it would take to stop them.

Defending Human Rights in Latin America

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Latin America once stood as a political authority in the region. But recently countries have stopped listening to the Commission's rules or withdrawn altogether. Robert Valencia asks, is the Commission still relevant?

Russia's Anti-Gay Law: Fueling an AIDS Crisis

Russia's anti-gay propaganda law is not just about equality. For many, it's about life or death. Hayato Wantanabe explains how Putin's violence against the gay community is feeding an epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Lebanese Politics Need More Than a Quick Fix

Religious tension, political gridlock, and increasing violence have Lebanon's government in crisis mode. While an interim government gave hope to many Lebanese citizens, Roma Parhad argues that Lebanon needs to completely restructure its bureaucracy.

The Arab Constitutional Transition

Since the start of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has struggled to draft a new constitution and solidify a democratic process. But recently the country has made significant political gains. Myriam Benraad and Karina Piser report on constitutional processes across the Middle East, asking could other Arab countries follow suit?

Ending Pakistan's Polio Crisis

Pakistan is one of the few polio endemic countries left in the world. Zeeshan Salahuddin explains why campaigns against polio in Pakistan have failed and reports on the plans health officials have to stop the health crisis.

Safeguarding Syrian Refugees

The crisis in Syria has escalated significantly, leaving over 2.5 million refugees searching for new homes. Amanda Roth explains how the refugee situation has the potential to become a security concern for the Middle East and provides a strategy to integrate refugees into their new host states.

Exporting Desperation: Free Trade in Mexico

NAFTA policies were initially put in place to bolster Mexico's economy. However, a recent documentary, "Who is Dayani Crystal," reveals otherwise. Lauryn Beer argues that restrictions imposed by NAFTA actually hinder the Mexican government from enacting sustainable economic reform.

WPJ Live: Twitter Chat #SexAndSexuality

In a World Policy Journal Twitter chat, we asked our experts, contributors, and followers to weigh in on the Spring Big Question: "How do sex & sexuality affect an individual's role in society?" Check out the conversation here.

Arctic Rhetoric

Today, international media coverage of Arctic issues often implies stakeholder nations are on the brink of conflict. Erica Dingman argues this political rhetoric overshadows cooperation and peace efforts, and threatens to damage future Arctic relations.

Eastern Europe: In Need of NATO Action

The annexation of Crimea is not the only recent act of Russian military prowess. Alex Botting explores Putin's belligerence toward neighboring countries and argues NATO nations must do more for the region than impose economic sanctions.

Partisanship: El Salvador's Growing Threat

El Salvador's recent presidential election has sparked severe backlash from the losing party, despite international findings that the election was fair. Jamie Stark reports on how growing controversy around the election endangers the country's political welfare.

Tracking South Africa’s Democracy In Real Time

A group of Columbia graduate students recently returned from South Africa, after collecting data on a breakthrough project: the South Africa Service Delivery Protest Tracker. The tracker will help analysts gauge the future of South Africa's democracy by tracking the number of protests occurring in real time.

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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