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Political Realism and Private Power

While China is often portrayed as a unified and inscrutable state, rapid economic growth has allowed opportunities for individuals to pursue personal wealth. James H. Nolt contends that Chinese business plays just as significant a role as U.S. private interests in the two countries' trade relations.

Organic Food Is Not Just for the Rich

In many parts of the world, organic food is regarded as a luxury item because it is significantly more expensive than conventional groceries. Nigerian biochemist Mojisola Ojebode explains how accessible and affordable organic food could improve Africa's environment, economy, and overall health.

Norway’s Identity Crisis: The Battle for Lofoten

The breathtaking beauty of Norway's Lofoten archipelago has cemented its status as a source national pride, but the debate over tapping into its massive oil reserves has stirred controversy. Hannah Buehler examines how, as pressure from environmental advocates rises, Norway must decide whether further investment in the oil and gas industry is a wise choice.

How Fake News Helped Slovak Extremists Become Reality

Anti-Western and pro-Kremlin websites have brought Slovakia's far right close to the halls of power. Michael Colborne explains how media outlets supporting extremist politicians have targeted the younger generation with fake news.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 27th

From the U.K. migration rules keeping families apart to the environmental regulation that may determine the future of the Arctic's Indigenous communities, we explore the negative side of policy in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 143: "The Global Gamble"

In 2014 people across the world spent over $293 billion on lottery tickets, an amount greater than the gross domestic product of more than 150 countries. This week on World Policy On Air, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein describes the multinational gaming organizations that dominate this global industry.

A Possible U.S.-China Trade War

In a public hearing in Washington, business leaders and researchers testified about allegations of Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. James H. Nolt discusses the Trump administration's insistence on addressing trade issues through bilateral, rather than multilateral, channels, and whether this recent dispute could escalate beyond D.C. chambers.

It’s Time to Phase Out Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

Since the Selendang Ayu oil spill in 2004 and the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in 1989, many have called for a ban on the usage and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. James Gamble argues in favor of a ban, but emphasizes that a phaseout of heavy fuel oil must take into consideration the economic and social effects on Indigenous communities.

Arms and Allies: Security Cooperation in East Asia

As saber-rattling by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un escalates tensions on the Korean peninsula, the World Policy Institute hosted a panel on security cooperation in East Asia. Speakers Ankit Panda, Emilia Puma, and Dr. Hyun-Wook Kim discussed the implications of Pyongyang's recent strides in nuclear capability for the future of the U.S.-led alliance system in the region.

Russia’s Lock On Family History

In the aftermath of World War II, thousands in Russia were sentenced to death or the gulag on charges of collaboration with the Nazis. Howard Amos explains why the Russian government has thwarted Dmitry Ostryakov's efforts to find out whether or not his great-grandfather was guilty of the crime for which he was convicted.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 20th

In this week's newsletter, contributors from across the globe respond to the question: What values from your parents' generation would you preserve in a changing world? Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 142: "The Price of Family Unification in the UK"

When she served as home secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May devised a "minimum income requirement" to limit net migration to the United Kingdom to 100,000 people. This week on World Policy On Air, journalist Ismail Einashe describes the effects of this salary threshold, which prevents thousands of British residents from bringing spouses into the country, on children and families.

‘Traditional’ Values and the Fight for LGBT Rights

For World Policy Journal’s fall 2017 issue, we asked a panel of experts which values from their parents’ generation they think should be preserved. Williams Rashidi argues that while respect, diversity, and acceptance may not always be "traditional" family values, they are universal values that should be upheld in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Who is Misbehaving?

The winner of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, Richard Thaler, disputes the assumption that consumers act rationally, his "nudge theory" showing how people can be duped into making choices in line with the interests of those in power. James H. Nolt argues that this type of behavioral economics, however, cannot explain the big picture of financial dynamics.

India: Nurturing Intergenerational Ties

In the fall issue of World Policy Journal, we asked writers from around the world to tell us which values from older generations should be upheld. Arya Rajam describes the importance of respecting elders and cherishing relatives, even as families become separated across continents.

A U.S. Collaboration Between Military and Research Science

Arctic warming opens new opportunities for economic activity, but advanced technologies and capabilities are necessary to operate safely in ice-covered waters. David M. Rivera discusses how scientists and the Coast Guard are making the most of limited budgets to conduct research and enhance U.S. capacity in the region.

Puerto Rico: ‘I Took Liberties’

In our fall issue, we asked contributors from around the world which values from their parents' generation they would preserve. Author Giannina Braschi describes how ambition and drive are important not just for an individual, but also for a nation, as Puerto Rico seeks its own path independent of the United States.

Rebooting Subsistence Agriculture in Rural Areas

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty and achieve zero hunger. Esther Ngumbi argues that promoting economic growth in rural areas and improving access to cities are key to achieving these goals.

China: Education and Family Bonds

We asked writers from around the world about the traditional values they would seek to preserve in the latest issue of World Policy Journal. Xiaoling Shu argues that an emphasis on education and family interdependence persists despite the modernization of Chinese society.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 13th

From state-sanctioned mining in Mexico to the provision of services in Canada's northern communities, we highlight the ways development policy falls short in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Debt Dualism

As Puerto Rico embarks on the long road to recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, media attention is once again turning to the island territory's financial situation. James H. Nolt explains why governments like Puerto Rico's are incentivized to take on large amounts of debt, often leading to crisis.

Talking Policy: Akinwumi Adesina on Investing in Africa

While previous U.S. administrations have established signature foreign-policy initiatives in Africa, little news has emerged regarding the Trump White House's strategy in the region. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman speaks with Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, about investment and economic integration on the continent.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 141: "Saving Families From Our Fate"

Hundreds of young people have left Belgium to join terrorist groups abroad since 2011. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with journalist Lisa De Bode about how one woman, Saliha Ben Ali, whose son died in Syria in 2013, is sharing her story in an effort to help fellow mothers recognize signs of radicalization in their children.

Arctic on Fire

A weeklong storm in 2015 triggered fires that burned 5 million acres of forest and 70 homes in Alaska. Edward Struzik points to the role of climate change in the increased ferocity of wildfires, and says investment in forest, tundra, and wildfire science is necessary to protect Arctic peoples and land.

The Price of Mining Wealth in Chiapas

Mining has been a prominent part of the rapid liberalization of Mexico's economy in the past two decades. Lynn Holland describes how the industry has brought environmental and health risks to the country's resource-rich regions, despite official pledges to promote sustainability.



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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