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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.

Toward a Pan-Africanist Perspective on Science

The legacies of South Africa's colonial and apartheid history can still be found in the country's education system. Over a year since student protests began, Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi defends recent calls for a decolonized science, detailing the importance of promoting indigenous scientific knowledge in academic spaces.

Many Arctics: The Aleut International Association and the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council currently includes six Permanent Participants, indigenous organizations with full consultative powers but without actual votes. James Gamble, executive director of Aleut International Association, discusses the value of the group's participation in the Council not just for the communities it represents, but also for the Arctic region as a whole.

Whither Refugee Protection?

In May, the Kenyan government announced the impending closure of the Dadaab refugee complex, home to more than 250,000 displaced Somalis. Kerstin Fisk argues that Western leaders who admonish Kenya must also address their own failure to adequately support refugees.

Talking Policy: James Ketterer on the United States' Middle East Policy

A Donald Trump administration will need to address a broad array of issues in the Middle East, from continued instability in Syria and Iraq to tensions in U.S.-Saudi relations. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with James Ketterer of Bard College to discuss how the president-elect’s choices for high-level foreign policy positions will affect the United States’ relationships in the Middle East.

What Could a Trump Presidency Mean for Refugees?

President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed policies could have significant consequences for refugees both in the U.S. and around the globe. Sam Lampert, Talya Lockman-Fine, and Ellen Kendall explain how a decline in foreign aid and financial support to U.N. agencies would disproportionately affect lower-income countries that host the majority of the world's refugee population.

Mission Implausible: The Honorary Consul of the 'Donetsk People’s Republic'

Czech Republic-based Nela Liskova has appointed herself “honorary consul” of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a rebel-held region of Eastern Ukraine. Amy Mackinnon describes Czech reactions to the opening of Liskova’s office in light of the country's contentious history with Russia.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of December 16th

From the Israeli right to the Communist Chinese regime, we explore the global reactions to the U.S. presidential election in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 98: The Trump-Brexit Appeal

Months after the Brexit vote and with a Trump presidency fast approaching, the question may not be will Europe witness another nativist victory but when. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, British political blogger Jonathan Stubbs examines how leading French presidential candidate François Fillon has shifted his rhetoric to appeal to a growing populist electorate.

A Re-imagining of Policy and Health

As policymaking is increasingly shaped by citizens' voices, artists are ideally positioned to influence health-care practices. Nicolle Bennett details how exploring the connections between art, health, and policy can facilitate more collaborative and creative approaches to policy formation.

Trump’s Pivot to Russia Against China

In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump has indicated that his foreign policy will involve closer ties with Russia and more pressure on China. James H. Nolt explains what this realignment would mean for U.S. business interests.

Women are Hopeful about Ghana's Next President

Employment discrimination and workplace sexual harassment often compromise Ghanaian women's safety and financial security. Katrina Kalcic discusses how women in Ghana are calling on their newly-elected president to protect them from these injustices.

Tony Penikett: Former Premier of Yukon

Continuing Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Jean François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan speak with Tony Penikett, former premier of Yukon. Penikett discusses land claim agreements for First Nations and the evolution of governance systems in the Canadian Arctic.

What Does China Think of Trump?

The U.S.-China bilateral relationship is one of the most important in the world, making the U.S. presidential election of particular interest to Chinese leaders. Lucy Rodrick explains why Donald Trump's proposed withdrawal from regional trade deals and lack of interest in foreign intervention have pleased the Chinese establishment.

Re-thinking Farming as Climate Change Continues to Ravage Africa

Record-breaking temperatures and severe droughts along the Kenyan coast have left farmers helpless as their crops wither and die. Esther Ngumbi explains how learning and implementing strategies to deal with water shortages will help farmers produce food in a changing environment.

Where Putin Wants You to Pray in Paris

The Kremlin has a plan to win back French hearts, minds, and souls: "St Vladimir’s" cathedral on the Seine. Adam Plowright discusses responses to this symbol of Russian influence amid political tension between Moscow and the West.

Gambia: Social Media Overwhelms a 20-Year Dictator

The evening before the Gambian presidential election, internet traffic ground to a halt as the incumbent president blocked access throughout the country. Sanna Camara describes the vital role social media played in effecting democratic change and the importance of online freedom.

Talking Policy: Maurizio Viroli on Machiavelli and Choosing Great Leaders

For centuries, Niccolò Machiavelli's writings have provided insight into contemporary governance. Maurizio Viroli, who has spent much of his career examining Machiavelli’s works, spoke with World Policy Journal about the Italian diplomat's understanding of what makes a great leader.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 97: Hong Kong's Reclamation

The 1972 U.N. decision to remove Hong Kong from a list of territories deserving self-determination got minimal media coverage at the time. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, NYU master's degree candidate Jeffrey Ngo talks about his work with Joshua Wong, leader of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, to examine that period of history and build support for demanding political autonomy from China.

Borrowed Time: Icelandic Artists Look Forward

Scandinavia House is presenting "Borrowed Time: Icelandic Artists Look Forward," bringing together the works of contemporary artists immersed in the global art movement for environmental preservation. Kristine Jordan examines how pieces from the exhibit broaden conversations of 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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