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Russia's Arctic: Soft and Hard Power Go Hand in Hand

To Russians, the Arctic can be seen as a site of economic opportunity and a region that redefines national identity. Morgane Fert-Malka spoke to Alexander Sergunin, professor at St. Petersburg State University, about Russia's unique role in development and diplomacy in the Arctic.

Technological and Digital Transformation Should Top the New UN Secretary-General’s Agenda

António Guterres is the first U.N. secretary-general with a background in science and engineering. Anja Kaspersen and Wendell Wallach urge Guterres to help the organization more effectively address the transformative and disruptive impact of technology on peace and security.

Murder in St. Petersburg: How Disinformation Killed a Journalist

In April 2016, journalist Dmitry Tsilikin was murdered for being gay. Amy MacKinnon outlines how vigilantes emboldened by the Kremlin’s passage of an “anti-gay” law in 2013 are targeting Russia's LGBTQ community.

In the Crosshairs of the Islamic State, Jordan Could be Vulnerable

Islamic State militants killed 14 people at Jordan's Karak castle in late December, marking the country's fourth terrorist attack in 2016. Shehab Al Makahleh explains how Jordan, once a haven of stability and progress in a turbulent region, is becoming a more popular target for terrorism.

Talking Policy: Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi on the African Union

At the end of January, the African Union will elect a new chairperson. World Policy Journal spoke to Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, foreign minister of the Republic of Botswana and a candidate for the position, about the African Union's role in addressing key challenges and realizing the continent's potential.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 102: Putin's Brinksmanship

With even Donald Trump conceding evidence of Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential elections, Vladimir Putin's efforts to effect global political change should not be underestimated—but that ability to meddle should not be confused with strength, argues Olga Oliker, Russia and Eurasia program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Oliker surveys Putin's strategies from the Syrian conflict to Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The Internet is Not the Enemy

The internet gives individuals an unprecedented ability to communicate and organize, which worries even many democratic governments. Dinah PoKempner argues that far-reaching internet surveillance and censorship, however, is neither wise nor effective.

Trump and Trade Bilateralism

Donald Trump's proposed economic policies suggest he may subvert the precedent of multilateralism in the global economic order. James H. Nolt discusses the president-elect's latitude to negotiate with trade partners individually and selectively punish companies and countries that compete against domestic producers.

Into the Future: The Confluence of Arctic Warming and Energy Demand

As the globe grows warmer and energy demand rises, Arctic communities are increasingly pursuing opportunities in commercial industries. Erica Dingman highlights the paradoxes of energy development and argues that with cooperation and accountability, the Arctic can serve as a powerful example of a sustainable future.

Looking to Nature for Solutions to Societies' Problems

Human societies face tremendous challenges, including disease epidemics and the life-altering impacts of climate change. To find better ways to address these issues, Wilfred Ndifon argues people should apply principles learned from nature.

In Putin's Russia, Ivan the Terrible Becomes Ivan the Terrific

A monument is being erected to Ivan the Terrible, a 16th-century Russian tsar notorious for his repressive rule and murder of his own son. Ekaterina Ponomareva describes this veneration of a historical tyrant and Moscow's attempt to control interpretation of the country's past.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 101: Foreign Policy, Interrupted

Although women are increasingly among the top graduates from advanced degree programs in foreign policy, the media too often relies on men to supply international expertise. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, Istanbul-based correspondent Lauren Bohn discusses the Winter 2016/2017 issue of the World Policy Journal, which imagines a media landscape where all the foreign policy experts quoted, by-lined, and miked are women.

Trump: Business Nationalist or Internationalist?

There are two issues that divide Trump campaign rhetoric from mainstream Republicans and their internationalist business constituents: the value of the dollar and trade protectionism. James H. Nolt writes that Trump will have to carefully navigate these issues if he is to succeed in the White House.

Imagining the Arctic: Re-Emergence of a Cold War Mentality?

Russia's increased military activity in the Arctic has elicited concern in the U.S. about Cold War-like competition. Supriti Jaya Ghosh warns that this mentality centered on U.S.-Russian conflict overshadows a strong trend of regional collaboration on diplomatic and scientific issues.

Promoting Health Literacy for Women

Despite opportunities for education and career advancement, many women still face misogyny at home. Bisi Bright argues that the effectiveness of health literacy initiatives across Africa hinges on women being empowered to make key decisions for themselves and their families.

Strategies for an Urban Cultural Life

A city must support its citizens’ personal freedoms, health, relationships, and job satisfaction in order to thrive. To conclude his five-part series on urban strategies for the anthropocene Glenn Robert Erikson offers recommendations for improving quality of life.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 100: "Bring Me the Ethiopian Jews"

Ethiopian Jews have faced discrimination in Israel since they were first invited to immigrate in 1977. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Journal's Omri Bezalel discusses Ethiopian Israelis' ongoing struggle for equal rights.

Strategies for Urban Regimes

From spatial segregation to the expansion of slums to increasing refugee populations, urban governments urgently need to address an array of challenges. Glenn Robert Erikson explains that democracies that share power and promote transparency offer the best paths to resolve complex economic and environmental issues.

Strategies for Urban Ecology

History is littered with civilizations whose cities suffered ecological collapse. Glenn Robert Erikson argues that today’s civilizations must learn from these mistakes and address overpopulation, resource extraction, climate change, mass extinction, and more.

Strategies for Urban Economies

We must address the underlying economic facets of global warming, mass extinctions, and income inequality at the level of the city. Glenn Robert Erikson proposes that urban areas rethink their economic policies, from increasing access to affordable housing to embracing creative destruction.

Strategizing Urban Policies for the Anthropocene

The current era is often referred to as the Anthropocene Age, characterized by humans’ capricious manipulation of the environment. Glenn Robert Erikson introduces a five-part series on strategies for achieving a sustainable urban world with a high quality of life for all citizens.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 99: In Defense of Peace

A deal to end the decades-long struggle between the Colombian government and FARC rebels was narrowly defeated in a referendum split largely between middle-class, urban voters and the communities most directly affected by the conflict. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Colombia human rights advocate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli explains the critical role Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups played in securing legislative approval for a revised peace settlement.

Talking Policy: Philip Hsu on Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been an assertive and polarizing force during his years in office. World Policy Journal spoke with Philip Hsu, professor and chair of the political science department at National Taiwan University, about Xi's political “core,” his anti-corruption campaign, and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Mexico's Priorities Under the Next US Administration

President-elect Donald Trump's policies have threatened the core tenets of the U.S.-Mexican relationship, from NAFTA to migration policy. Melissa Martínez Larrea argues that the Mexican government must protect its national interests and its citizens abroad through a tougher response to Trump’s proposals.

Competitive Devaluation

Donald Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, but the strength of the dollar could undermine those plans. James H. Nolt explains the current trends in exchange rates and why Trump's economic policies, if implemented, could ignite a "race to the bottom" as countries devalue their currencies.



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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New book offers untold stories of how activist staffers countered corporate lobbies in the U.S.

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Get the facts from Amitai Etzioni in “Avoiding War with China.”


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