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'Apres Moi, Le Deluge'

Challenged by globalization and rapid technological and social change, the future of liberal democracies is unclear. Michael A. Genovese explains why many Western countries have succumbed to illiberal leadership and how to reverse this trend.

Can Pakistan and Afghanistan Make Peace in 2017?

Afghanistan and Pakistan are stuck in a cycle of blaming one another for domestic and regional militant attacks. Shazar Shafqat argues that this accusatory rhetoric does not help either country and that discussion and negotiation are necessary to move toward peace.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 3rd

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From Turkey's foreign and domestic conflicts to Russia's relationship with the U.S., female experts weigh in on critical global issues in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Rachel Aspden on Youth in Egypt

Since the Arab Spring, Egypt has gone from democratic elections to the return of military rule. World Policy Journal spoke with Rachel Aspden, author of Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East, about following a diverse group of young Egyptians in a time of revolution and repression.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 105: "A Seat at the Table"

Fighting to provide women a "seat at the table" in the political process in countries like Kenya and Somalia involves challenges beyond cultural tradition and harmful stereotypes. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, Nairobi-based political analyst Nanjala Nyabola discusses parliamentary quota systems in East Africa and what happens when they are undermined by patriarchy.

United States: End Systemic Violence Against Sex Workers

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Our winter 2016/2017 World Policy Interrupted issue asks what can be done to give sex workers better control of their working conditions. Julia Lukomnik and Akynos argue that in order to decrease exploitation, human trafficking, and public health risks, the United States needs to regulate sex work rather than criminalizing it.

Corruption in the Age of Derivatives

One of the first presidents in decades to not release their tax returns, Donald Trump has prevented the public from knowing of his possible conflicts of interest. James H. Nolt explains how easily Trump and his associates can exploit his influential position to make large profits using financial derivatives.

US-Mexican Relations on the Brink

From trade to immigration, U.S.-Mexican relations have sharply deteriorated as tensions rise between President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Amanda Mattingly argues in favor of negotiations between the two leaders to temper U.S. demands and avoid an economic, political, and security crisis in Mexico.

Small Adaptation Miracles in Alaska

Climate-induced changes have dominated discussions of plant and animal migration patterns in the Arctic. In research for a play about migration in Alaska, Chantal Bilodeau came across a poetic lesson: The adaptation of species to new conditions is a survival skill worthy of praise.

Ukraine: Respect Sex Workers as Citizens

The winter issue of World Policy Journal asked experts around the world: What do sex workers need to better control their working conditions? Olga Grishina argues that to make Ukrainian sex workers feel comfortable seeking legal and medical help, the government must protect them and treat them as citizens.

Giants Awaken: Gambia's Civil Society Revives Its Role

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down on Jan. 21 after days of protests and Adama Barrow's swearing-in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. Sanna Camara analyzes the role that civil society played in this political crisis, celebrating the re-emergence of citizens' voices in public debate.

Argentina’s Culture of Fraud: No Easy Escape

In Argentina, weak judicial and legislative institutions reduce the likelihood that illicit activities will be detected and punished. Eduardo Singerman provides a detailed analysis of how companies and government officials are incentivized to participate in a crooked system, resulting in higher and higher levels of corruption.

Hungary: Navigating Sex-Work Regulations

In the winter 2016/2017 issue of World Policy Journal, we asked a panel of experts from around the globe a single question: What do sex workers need to better control their working conditions? Boglárka Fedorkó explains that despite legalization of sex work in Hungary, punitive regulations and a tense relationship with law enforcement threaten sex workers' safety and health.

Canada: Sex Workers Need Decriminalization

The question we asked experts from around the globe in our winter 2016/2017 World Policy Interrupted issue is: What do sex workers need to better control their working conditions? Brenda Belak contends that to better protect the rights of sex workers, governments should implement full decriminalization—not legalization or partial criminalization—of sex work.

Talking Policy: Nina Khrushcheva on the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin has drawn the attention of the media for months. World Policy Journal spoke with World Policy fellow Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and a Russian expert at the New School, to talk about the state of U.S.-Russian affairs.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 104: "Islands Apart"

Protests in Egypt against government plans to cede two uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia are indicative of increasingly strained relations between the two nations. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, Cairo-based journalist Sarah El Sirgany explores divergent Egyptian and Saudi approaches to Islamic extremism, foreign aid, oil, and Israel.

When the Reality Show Becomes Reality

Donald Trump's presidential victory stunned the world and left many asking, "How could this happen?" Dino offers a cartoonist's perspective on how the unlikely candidate managed to succeed and how art has the potential to effect change.

Rule of Law

The U.S. and U.K. played important parts in founding the liberal international order, but have recently begun turning away from an increasing globalized world. James H. Nolt argues both countries' economic nationalist policies are eroding the rule of law and alienating business internationalists.

Kenya: Abolish Criminal Laws Related to Sex Work

For our winter 2016/2017 issue, World Policy Interrupted, World Policy Journal asked experts from around the world how sex workers can better control their working conditions. Caroline Kemunto, a sex worker and activist in Kenya, argues that the decriminalization of sex work ensures the protection of human and health rights.

Daryana Maximova: Native Yakutian and Researcher

For the latest interview in Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Karina Kesserwan speaks with Daryana Maximova, a researcher from Yakutia, Russia, the coldest region in the world. Maximova discusses her homeland and the importance of including indigenous voices in Arctic policymaking.

Listen to Sex Workers

In this winter's all-women's issue of World Policy Journal, we asked experts from around the globe about how sex workers can better control their working conditions. Ruth Messinger argues that government officials should improve communication with sex workers in order to develop well-informed policies.

The Slow Repatriation Process of Somali Refugees in Dadaab

For over 20 years, Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp has been a home to Somalis fleeing drought and armed conflict. Though the Kenyan government has committed to closing Dadaab, Andrew Maina writes that the process of voluntary repatriation will be slow and complicated due to problems with infrastructure, rule of law, and weather conditions in Somalia.

The Disfavored

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attempting to temper criticism of her “open arms” migration policy by accelerating the deportation process and deeming all Balkan states safe for the return of failed asylum-seekers. Dan McLaughlin argues this disproportionately affects ethnic Roma from the Balkans, who face crippling discrimination and limited job opportunities in their countries of origin.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of January 20th

From the all-women's issue of World Policy Journal to our online interview series with female experts, we're highlighting important work by brilliant women in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

The Worldwide Populist Tide and Our Collective Shadow

From Poland to the Philippines, there has been a surge of democratically elected men riding on waves of populism and discontent with the existing political system. Nadine Kreisberger argues that mounting fear and frustration in these countries have drawn many people to strongmen who promise order and security.



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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