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Prices and Crises

Deflation can cause devastating systemic crises when debts are excessive. James H. Nolt looks back at cases of global debt deflation in the 19th and 20th centuries and discusses possible solutions to this problem.

Netanyahu’s Point Man in the White House

The Israeli right greeted the news of Donald Trump's election with a sense of vindication and euphoria. Asher Schechter explains that while the president-elect's intentions are not yet clear, his administration's affinity with the Israeli government will likely determine the path of bilateral relations.

The Arctic Council at 20: The Value of Flexibility

The Arctic Council has received both praise and critique at its 20th anniversary this year. Timo Koivurova and Malgorzata Smieszek reflect on the importance of maintaining the body's flexible response to regional issues, even as its structure is strengthened to address the challenges of the next 20 years.

The African Perception of Africans

From European colonization to de facto South African rule, Namibia's history has contributed to a multicultural and multiracial society. Zodidi J. Gaseb describes the efforts of younger Namibians to combat tribal stereotypes and to navigate identity and self-expression.

The Unexpected French Reaction to Trump

After the U.S. presidential election, many in France feared that the outcome foretold a victory in 2017 for the far-right National Front. Sophie des Beauvais explains how François Fillon, the conservative candidate who currently leads the French polls, differs from his populist, anti-system opponent.

Ukraine's War of Words and Viral Videos

Despite the signing of a second cease-fire agreement between Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in separatist provinces is still simmering. Jack Losh explains how continued propaganda and distorted information on mainstream media are obstructing the path to peace.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of December 2nd

From Hindu nationalists in India to "Trump mania" in Pakistan, we explore the global reactions to the U.S. presidential election in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Strong Generation Sustains the Evolution of the Revolution in Cuba

In the wake of Fidel Castro's death and the election of Donald Trump, questions about Cuba's future have resurfaced. Lissa Weinmann discusses the island nation's upcoming political transition and the prospects for economic reform.

Talking Policy: Vaira Vike-Freiberga on Latvia

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the first female president of Latvia, has been credited with raising the Baltic state’s visibility on the global stage as it joined the EU and NATO. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman spoke with the former head of state about her time in office and U.S. foreign engagement under a Trump administration.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 96: The Death of Fidel Castro

The passing of revolutionary Fidel Castro this week triggered public mourning on the streets of Havana, marking a milestone in Cuba's transition to a younger generation of political leaders. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow Lissa Weinmann considers the future of the island nation under Raúl Castro and his potential successor, as well as Cuba's relations with the U.S. and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

Global Governance in Space

The wreckage from China's anti-satellite missile test in 2007 exemplifies a dual threat to U.S. space capabilities—environmental hazards and potential attacks from hostile adversaries. Kirsi Goldynia examines efforts to promote peaceful behavior in space and create a global regulatory system.

Profiting from the 2008 Crisis

While economic crises have undeniable negative impacts, they also create opportunities for profit. James H. Nolt points to the 2008 crash as an example of strategic private power exploiting an economic downturn.

Relocating: Emad Tayefeh

Since Emad Tayefeh fled Iran for New York City in September 2015, he has achieved success as a filmmaker, student, and teaching fellow. Sidd Joag discusses why Tayefeh has found so much support in his adopted city and why Donald Trump's anti-immigration positions could jeopardize artist communities.

The Arctic Council: From Achievement to Self-Reflection and Learning

While the Arctic Council has had significant achievements over its 20-year history, its current structure can impede progress when negotiations are contentious. Annika E. Nilsson explains the need to adapt decision-making processes to address issues ranging from climate change to the extractive industry.

Pakistan Reacts to Trump

Pakistani officials congratulated Donald Trump after his victory in the U.S. presidential election, but pundits are uncertain about what the result will mean for the country. Zeeshan Salahuddin discusses the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations and the "Trump mania" that has taken hold of both politicians and ordinary citizens.

Quality in African Universities: The Need for a New Narrative

African universities often rank low on global indices, but not for a lack of commitment and creativity among scholars. Mary Njeri Kinyanjui argues that to improve the quality of education and research, institutions must not be beholden to Western funders and academics should be encouraged to pursue innovative thinking.

Moldova’s New President: His Bark is Worse Than His Bite

Some pundits have declared the recent Moldovan presidential election a "victory for Putin." Maxim Edwards, however, explains the domestic political context and why it is too soon to predict Moldova's turn away from Europe.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 95: "The Currency of History"

From bartering to coins, paper, and virtual currency, economic transfers have taken many forms over the centuries to facilitate finance and trade. Yet, as historian Rebecca L. Spang explains on today's episode of World Policy On Air, the narrative tying changes in money to technological progress obscures the political aspects of currency and the inequality it produces.

Profiting from Debt Crises

Stock market reactions to Donald Trump's election are worth paying attention to, as business interests are often better informed about future government policy than the media. James H. Nolt discusses how private actors will profit from a potential debt crisis triggered by Trump's proposed policies.

#FeesMustFall 2.0

Across South Africa, university students continue the Fees Must Fall movement, calling for the free education promised by the ruling African National Congress. Faith Kiarie discusses the ANC's lack of urgency to resolve this crisis and its growing disconnect with the country's youth.

WPJ Interactive: Globalizing the Arctic Economy

Since the 16th century, natural resources—both renewable and non-renewable—have drawn explorers and traders to the Arctic in search of commercial opportunities. In an interactive Prezi, Erica Dingman frames the long history of economic activity in the region, from the fur trade to airline travel.

The Orange and the Saffron: Why a Friendship Between Trump and Modi is Cause for Concern

Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election shocked much of the world, but some Hindu nationalists in India responded with elation. Kavitha Rajagopalan compares Trump’s political views with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, warning that an allegiance between the two leaders could feed into Islamophobia and violence against minorities.

Mainstream Politicians Flocking to the Trump-Brexit Tune

With the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU, policies that were once on the fringes of Western politics have entered the mainstream. Examining the repercussions of the Brexit decision, Jonathan Stubbs cautions that the stability of Europe hangs in the balance as politicians pander to nationalist movements.

Sweden: On Funding Repressive Regimes

For decades, Swedish programs have invested in repressive governments. Erik Jennische argues that while Sweden's stated mission is to promote democracy and human rights, there is little evidence to support the claim that this aid ends systemic violation of civil liberties.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 18th

From the global economic system to U.S.-Nigerian relations, we explore the implications of the American presidential election in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!



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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