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Brian Edwards on US Culture in Iran

Young Iranians today have more access to American cultural products than ever before, from Shrek dubbed in Farsi to a Gap knockoff store in Tehran. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with Northwestern University professor Brian Edwards to discuss how the morphing of U.S. popular culture across the Middle East affects diplomacy.

Address Violence Against Women and Girls Now!

In Uganda and countries around the world, violence against women and girls is commonplace, perpetuated by social norms that permit various forms of abuse. Tina Musuya outlines community interventions that can change gender dynamics and fight these human rights violations.

Arctic in Focus, from Ottawa to Oslo

From its headquarters in Oslo, the Canadian International Arctic Centre strives to promote Canada’s Arctic policy around the world. Bob Paquin, head of the CIAC, describes how Norway’s location and private-public partnership model have made the country a hub for the international Arctic agenda.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 23rd

From the role of Indigenous organizations to regional cooperation, we address a host of issues surrounding the Arctic Council in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Joshua Partlow on Afghanistan

Joshua Partlow’s new book, A Kingdom of Their Own, documents the personal and political history of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his family. World Policy Journal spoke with the author to discuss Afghanistan's turbulent history since 9/11 and the failures of the U.S. intervention.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 86: History's Ghosts

Despite signing the Arusha Accords in 1993, Burundi is still struggling to move past its history, one marked by violence and division between its largest ethnic groups. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick explores the contributions from Burundi and other countries to the fall issue's Big Question: "What lessons from history keep being forgotten?"

I Told You So: China Debt Reprise

A recent report from the Bank of International Settlements warns of the dangers of China's looming credit crisis. James H. Nolt explores the implications of falling prices and rising debt for the global economy.

A Violent Struggle Over National Identity

Kyrgyzstan’s anti-gay propaganda law has enabled a dramatic rise in violence and hate speech toward the LGBTQ community. Andrew North describes the transition from relative tolerance to frequent homophobic attacks in the context of mounting Russian political influence.

Sri Lanka's Fleeing Tamils

As reports of human rights abuses by Sri Lankan authorities increase, many Tamils are seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Richard Potter examines Sri Lanka’s history of violence toward ethnic Tamils and the implications of mass migration in South and Southeast Asia.

Beatrice Deer: Inuit Artist and Activist from Quaqtaq

Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, created in partnership with legal and consulting firm Kesserwan Arteau, features interviews that highlight the Arctic's diversity from the perspective of those who live there. This week, Jean François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan sit down with singer and activist Beatrice Deer to discuss her work developing the arts in Nunavik.

Soft Law Not Enough to Prevent Slavery and Exploitation

Is binding legislation necessary to end forced labor and modern slavery? Urmila Bhoola, U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, argues yes, as the drive to maximize profit continues to clash with the rights of workers under international law.

To Tackle Polio, Nigeria Must Tackle Boko Haram

Two new cases have emerged since Nigeria was declared free of endemic polio last year. Ify Aniebo argues that the Nigerian government’s failure to control Boko Haram and insufficient attention to health care services in conflict areas have led to the resurfacing of the crippling disease.

Evaluating the Arctic Council at 20 (Or 27!)

At its 20th anniversary, the Arctic Council represents a significant advancement in regional relations. As Rob Huebert explains, however, security concerns threaten to undermine the cooperative spirit the forum has fostered.

Weapons of Math Destruction

When faulty statistical models are poorly understood, they can create pernicious feedback loops as people adapt their behavior to them. James H. Nolt applies this concept to the role of cheating in China's education system.

Talking Policy: Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabia

Medea Benjamin, author and co-founder of CODEPINK, has been a prominent voice in anti-war advocacy. World Policy Journal sat down with the author to discuss her new book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her campaign to change the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 85: "Casablanca Calling"

Following terror attacks in Casablanca, Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs began enrolling women in training programs to serve as religious guides against extremism, or "morchidats." On today's episode of World Policy On Air, British filmmaker Rosa Rogers discusses her documentary, Casablanca Calling, where she follows these women around streets, schools, shops, and farms.

Smoking Opium in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Despite harsh punishments for drug trafficking and possession, Iran remains one of the leading countries in illicit narcotic use. Mark Isaacs argues that Iran’s criminalization of drug-related crimes undermines its attempts to implement treatment programs for addicts.

How Did This Happen?

With presidential nominees Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton gathering unprecedentedly negative ratings, concern and outrage about the 2016 U.S. election is heard throughout the world. Michael A. Genovese examines the conditions that led to this controversial election and what the results might mean for global policy.

The Death of Venezuela’s Revolution Will Not Be Televised

A protest to recall President Nicolás Maduro has prompted the Venezuelan government to lash out at journalists covering the demonstration. Marco Aponte-Moreno argues that despite the attacks on press freedoms, continued political activism on social media is proof of the Venezuelan public's resilience.

Chinese Prepare to Use the Northwest Passage

Canadian media has reacted to China's plans to use the Northwest Passage with a mix of concern and anger toward this "foreign incursion." Adam Lajeunesse explains how Chinese policies respecting the rights of Arctic nations will in fact bolster Canada's claims to sovereignty in the region.

Comparing Trump and Le Pen in a Populist West

The xenophobia fueling Donald Trump's candidacy mirrors populist movements in Europe. Sophie des Beauvais argues that as countries like France, Austria, and Hungary face concerns about immigration, far-right politicians’ rhetoric shows similarities to promises from the Trump campaign.

The Continuing Need for Diverse Voices on Africa

Locally-informed, nuanced perspectives are often lacking in international media coverage of issues related to Africa. David Stevens speaks to the importance of including African voices in global policy conversations.

The Terror Against Ukraine’s Journalists is Fueled by Political Elites

As Ukraine continues to be plagued by instability, journalists have been targeted by paramilitary groups. Maxim Eristavi argues that these attacks on freedom of the press follow Soviet traditions of cracking down on dissenting voices.

Libya Instability to Persist as Challenges Mount

The no-confidence vote in the Government of National Accord on Aug. 22 which rejected a unity government has led to renewed political uncertainty in Libya. Ryan Turner details the challenges the Libyan government faces, including militia violence, national security threats, and economic difficulties.

Brazil’s Broken Political System

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was impeached on the grounds of concealing budget deficits, but her successor Michel Temer and many of the legislators who voted to oust her are mired in scandals of their own. Fernanda Canofre argues that the corruption that has plagued Brazil’s politics for decades is still firmly in place.

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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