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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. 


Modi: The Under-Hyped Leader from India

Fans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India are comparing his arrival on the global stage to President Obama’s first election campaign. Despite the obvious comparison, Rajiv Chaudhri argues that the two politicians are fundamentally different people with individual leadership styles.

Our Disappearing Future

On Sunday, September 21, artist duo Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese assembled an ice sculpture of "The Future" to coincide with the People's Climate March and the launch of the Clinton Global Initiative. Alyssa Stein speaks with Ligorano and Reese to discuss their hopes for what the installation would inspire across the globe.

ISIS: Behind the Headlines

While the international community grapples with the atrocities ISIS has committed, the media struggles to accurately depict the group. Annemarie Smith explains both the inaccuracies and the consequences of referring to ISIS as a state, terror organization, and mafia-like organization.

Challenging the Pakistani Status Quo

Pakistani politics have become quite dynamic. There are noticeable changes in the relationship between the general public and the politicians in power, as well as the nebulous realm of civil-military rule. Zeeshan Salahuddin argues that Imran Khan, a former cricketer turned self-proclaimed revolutionary, is at the forefront of this change.

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Earlier this month, President Obama announced his multilateral strategy to "destroy" ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir addresses the three factors that are necessary for a successful military campaign in the Middle East.

What U.S. Air Strikes Mean for Assad

Last week President Obama announced the U.S. would strike ISIS targets in Syria, widening the military campaign against the militant group. Syria Deeply asked Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies, and Steven Heydemann, vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for their analysis on how such a strike would impact the Assad regime.

Human Trafficking: The Sinai Phenomenon

Thousands of Eritrean refugees, en route to Israel, are kidnapped in the Sinai Desert every year. Israeli filmmaker and activist Keren Shayo documents their struggle in her latest film "Sound of Torture." Alyssa Stein interviews Shayo about her latest cinematic adventure and the kind of policy change she hopes it inspires.

Hollande's Disappointing Press Conference

Last Thursday, Francois Hollande hosted his most important press conference to date. Sophie des Beauvais argues that despite Hollande's efforts to persuade the press of his prowess, he failed to move his audience.

An Agreement That Caused Universal Problems

In 2001, at the height of the AIDS crisis, the Doha Declaration was created to amend the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), an agreement designed to protect the intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies. Samantha Plesser explores what effects the Doha Declaration has had on the distribution of humanitarian aid.

Uruguay’s Marijuana: Inspiration for Innovation

Uruguay is the first country in Latin America to legalize recreational consumption of marijuana. Although some are concerned with the potential effects of legalization, Javier Vazquez considers this a significant economic and technological opportunity for young entrepreneurs.

Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

The ascendancy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish presidency places the country on a potentially precarious trajectory. Alon Ben-Meir warns that Erdogan must reform both the domestic and foreign policies he developed as prime minister.

The Price of "Discovering” the Arctic – Part I

Large-scale tourism in the Arctic region threatens its environmental durability, cultural legacy, and even economic sustainability. Gianna De Filippis argues that this kind of tourism demands immediate evaluation and an international plan of action.

Costly Arab Delusions

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring began, its pro-democracy movements have all but lost momentum. Mustapha Tlili argues that in order to revive the democratic process, Arab governments will need to develop new social contracts between authority and citizen.

Ebola: The Mounting Cost of Inaction

The 2014 Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of 1,800 people across three Western African countries. Tanya Anderson explains how globalization has helped transform a virus into an epidemic, and the role humanitarian intervention can play in curtailing the spread of it further.

In Tartous, Fear and a Failing Economy

Despite the ongoing civil war, Tartous has remained one of the safest cities in Syria. However, Sadek Abed Alrahman argues that the coastal Alawite city is starting to feel the war's pinch, both economically and emotionally.

Questions Alex Salmond Did Not Answer

With the Scottish referendum on independence less than a week away, tensions between Nationalists and Unionists could not be higher. Sophie des Beauvais examines the critical economic and structural issues that a "Yes Scotland" vote would pose for the newly free and independent state.

The Ocean's Plastic Problem

Scientists have discovered that the accumulation of plastic debris is raising the gas levels in the ocean, thus compromising commercial fishing and the health of those who consume marine life. Cami Tellez argues that the international community must make an immediate commitment to tracking and containing oceanic pollution.

Scotland: Voting On More Than Independence

Scotland’s referendum on independence is quickly approaching. Socionomist and researcher Peter Atwater argues that the outcome of the vote will ultimately be determined by “confidence-driven decision-making,” and that other Europeans countries would be apt to take note.

Syrian Filmmakers Expose ISIS

“Our Terrible Country,” a documentary by Syrian filmmakers Ziad Homsi and Mohammed Ali Atassi, tells the story of a Syrian intellectual imprisoned for 16 years. Katarina Montgomery interviews general coordinator Christin Luettich about how filmmaking has helped expose the oppression of ISIS and the Syrian regime.

Political Postcard From Paris: François' Failings

As a result of the political crisis in France, President François Hollande's popularity has fallen to the lowest ever registered under the Fifth Republic. Robert Albertson examines the series of events that have undermined Hollande's ability to govern effectively.

The Dangers of EU Energy Dependency

More than half of the EU's total energy consumption is dependent on foreign imports, particularly from Russia, a key trade partner in the region. This dependency is particularly problematic given the current political situation. Emily Garber recommends the EU disentangle the complex trade relationship and increase domestic energy production.

Now That The Guns Have Been Silenced

Though Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to numerous cease-fires over the last decade, both have violated the terms of those agreements time and time again. Dr. Alon Ben-Meir argues that the most recent cease-fire, however, may actually be the most effective one to date.

Diane Burko: Visualizing Arctic Transitions

In 2006, Diane Burko, a visual artist, developed an interest in the veracity of climate change. Erica Dingman examines how Burko employs her artistic talents to raise awareness about the ongoing environmental changes in the Polar Region.

ISIS: Tensions between Jihadi Fighters

An increasing number of Western Jihadists have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Karen Leigh interviews Peter Neumann, a terrorism expert, about the emerging hierarchies and roles played by Western fighters in the battle for control of Islamic militant groups.

Ukrainian Crisis: West Needs Proactive Policy

Western responses to the Ukrainian crisis have thus far been reactionary. Uldis Blukis, professor emeritus at Brooklyn College, argues that the U.S. and Europe need to take a more proactive approach to prevent, or at least minimize, Russian aggression.

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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