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Singapore: Sex Workers are Workers, Not Criminals

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. Vanessa Ho argues that in order for sex workers to be treated as workers and not as criminals, they should have access to channels to voice the issues they face.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 10th

Experts weigh on shifts in African politics from Gambia to the African Union in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Ann Lee on US-China Relations

China was front and center throughout President Trump’s campaign. World Policy Journal spoke with Ann Lee, a leading authority on China’s economic relations and author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China, to discuss the future of U.S.-China relations.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 106: "Partnering Up"

Winning hearts and minds in the war against Islamist terrorism benefits from partnering with religious leaders—not blaming them. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Manal Omar of the U.S. Institute of Peace talks about missteps in U.S. policy and better ways to conduct digital and conventional diplomacy.

The Polarizing Effect of Trump’s Trade Policies

There is tension between vulnerable domestic industries, which favor economic nationalist policies, and internationalists, who seek to reinforce their monopoly power in global markets. James H. Nolt anticipates that Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies will hurt not only foreign countries and companies, but also American corporations and consumers.

Canada: Racial and Gender Justice for Sex Workers

In the winter issue of World Policy Journal, we asked a panel of experts what sex workers need to better control their working conditions. Anna-Louise Crago and Robyn Maynard argue that sex workers in Canada need decriminalization to prevent violence and rights violations, not criminal laws that disproportionately target marginalized women.

Drug Control Policy Fuels Social Unrest in Northern Morocco

Morocco, the largest cannabis producer in the world, has been experiencing widespread protests in its northern Rif region. Khalid Tinasti argues that current drug control policies exacerbate social unrest and that reform must be included in development plans for one of the poorest and least accessible parts of the country.

Asylum-Seekers Running Out of Options as Migration Backlash Goes Global

There are nearly 25 million refugees and asylum-seekers in the world, as conflict, poverty, and persecution drive many to leave their home countries. Krista Mahr discusses the precarious state of migrants as political backlash makes European governments increasingly resistant to hosting them.

Success in Addis Ababa: AU Commission Finally Elects a Chairperson

On Jan. 30, the African Union elected a chairperson to its Commission after failing to reach the required two-thirds majority last July. John Mukum Mbaku lays out the challenges that the victor, Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad, will face, from threats to security and development to a bureaucracy in need of reform.

'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.



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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