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World Policy On Air, Ep. 94: Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic

As the effects of climate change pose new challenges in the Arctic, melting ice and warmer temperatures also present economic opportunities. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Inuuteq Holm Olsen, the first Greenland representative at the Danish embassy in Washington, explores the balance between an emerging tourism industry and natural resource extraction with sustainability.

"Bring Me the Ethiopian Jews"

Israel made massive efforts to bring Jewish Ethiopians to the country in the 1980s and 1990s, but did not successfully integrate them after they arrived. Omri Bezalel examines the consequences of that failure for younger generations of Ethiopian-Israelis who experience racial discrimination and can feel isolated from the rest of Israeli society.

The Sound System Scene in São Paulo Slums

The black community in São Paulo, Brazil has historically been denied access to the city, which has led to the development of the sound system scene in peripheral areas. Ezio Rosa argues that these music-filled gatherings have challenged perceptions of this “no man’s land.”

Trump: Debt or Taxes?

If he follows through on his “fair trade” campaign promises, Donald Trump will likely cut taxes by increasing tariffs or amassing debt through government borrowing. James H. Nolt explains how these protectionist policies could cause a recession rather than job growth and make the taxpaying public and the government worse off.

The U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship: Changes from One Administration to Another?

This January, the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship will be passed to Donald Trump's secretary of state appointee. David N. Biette argues that while some Arctic residents would welcome efforts to revamp infrastructure and increase oil and gas production, as Trump promised during his campaign, transforming Arctic policy is unlikely to be a high priority for the new administration.

Performing 'Ice Watch'

Policymakers and activists from around the world are convening in Morocco for the 2016 U.N. Climate Change Conference. World Policy Journal spoke with Anna Engberg-Pedersen about a dance performance in Paris at last year's summit and the role of art in addressing the complexities of global warming.

Where's the Starting Point? Kenya's Corruption Quagmire

Despite President Kenyatta's rhetoric condemning corruption, graft still pervades Kenya's political institutions. Isaac Otidi Amuke compares the Kenyan situation to the recent investigations of South Africa's office of the public protector, pointing to the capacity of independent state agencies to prosecute corrupt officials in the absence of political will at the top levels of government.

One Trump, Different Strokes

Donald Trump's presidential victory has already spread fear among Nigerians, who comprise 25 percent of African immigrants in the United States. Azu Ishiekwene compares the prospects for U.S.-Nigerian relations under a Trump administration to the policies of past American presidents.

Episode Haiti in São Paulo

The artist-led cultural platform Lanchonete sent photojournalist Pierre Michel Jean to investigate displaced Haitian communities in São Paulo, Brazil. Raphael Daibert describes how his photos capture the transformative effects migrants have on urban spaces and their desire to be recognized as citizens in the new city they call home.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 93: The "Unthinkable"

From TPP to NAFTA, President-elect Donald Trump’s stated positions on free trade will directly and negatively impact many of those who voted for him in Tuesday’s election. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow Jonathan Cristol assesses the implications of Trump’s policies for the global economic system.

The Sky Fell

It remains to be seen which of his policies, from NATO withdrawal to placing higher tariffs on Chinese goods, Donald Trump will implement after his inauguration. World Policy Institute's Jonathan Cristol argues this election marks the end of the post-World War II global order, explaining why Americans won’t be the only ones to pay the price if Trump fulfills his campaign promises.

Trump's Trade Wars

The protectionist policies President-elect Donald Trump espoused on the campaign trail are at odds with the free trade positions of many Republican politicians. James H. Nolt argues that if he follows through with his promises, Trump risks further dividing his party and spurring a global economic crisis.

The Arctic: A Region of Regions

When the Arctic Council was established 20 years ago, it prioritized the inclusion of permanent indigenous observers at the negotiating table. Jessica Shadian describes how decisions today are increasingly made by high-level state representatives while subnational groups seek a greater say in regional matters both within and beyond the Arctic Council.

Talking Policy: Christian Felber on an Economy for the Common Good

Although most economies are driven by the pursuit of money, financial incentives do not always promote the well-being of society. World Policy Journal spoke with Christian Felber, who speaks to this misalignment of priorities in his book, Change Everything: An Economy for the Common Good.

Africa Without Numbers: Mission Impossible

Data is power, and those who can access the numbers can create narratives to serve their own purposes. Carl Manlan discusses the power of reclaiming statistics from international donors so that African governments can more accurately assess their countries' needs and plan for economic development.

From Syria to Iraq: Federalize or Perish

Many Middle Eastern leaders resist federalism due to their opposition to power sharing and political change. Norman Ricklefs and Hadi Fathallah explain how federal systems in Iraq and Syria could promote economic development and give citizens a stake in government after the Islamic State is defeated.

Valdis Zatlers on Latvia, Russia, and the US

Tensions in the Baltic region have many concerned about a military confrontation. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with Valdis Zatlers, who served as president of Latvia from 2007 to 2011, to discuss his country’s relations with Russia and the United States.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 4th

From trade in Singapore to divisive politics in Israel, we round up the highlights of our Global Responses to the U.S. Election series before Tuesday's vote in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Fabrice Jaumont on Higher Education in Africa

Education is a critical element of development, but in universities’ quest for funding, the demands of donors can define institutional agendas. World Policy Journal spoke with Fabrice Jaumont about his book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations & Higher Education Development in Africa, which examines the role of American philanthropy in university education in sub-Saharan Africa.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 92: "Ethiopia's Original Sin"

The recent protests by members of the marginalized Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia have origins in the fight to expel Italian colonialists from the country in the late 19th century. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Mohammed Ademo, founding editor of, discusses why history books must be rewritten to properly recognize the Oromo people's contributions to Ethiopian independence, nationalism, and culture.

Inefficient Market Hypothesis

Textbook economics often fails to acknowledge the role of private power in markets. James H. Nolt breaks down the efficient market hypothesis and financial strategies like pump-and-dump schemes to demonstrate how investors manipulate the market.

Navigating Violent Waters of the Migrant Crisis

The documentary "Fire at Sea" follows the everyday experience of the migrant crisis on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Kristine Jordan explores the film's depiction of the shortcomings of official responses to incoming refugees and the responsibilities shouldered by Lampedusa locals.

Canada Embraces Free Trade and Globalization

While isolationism appears to be on the rise elsewhere, Canada recently signed a free trade deal with Europe and is set to begin exploratory trade talks with China. Lisa Thomson explains the importance of Canadian efforts to enhance trade relationships for both re-energizing the national economy and leveraging the country's influence on human rights policies.

Valentina Sovkina: Sami Politician and Culture Protector from the Kola Peninsula

The latest installment of Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series features Valentina Sovkina, chairperson of the Sami Parliament of the Kola Peninsula and director of Sami Radio. Jean François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan speak with Sovkina about life on the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia and the importance of safeguarding Sami language and traditions.

The Impacts of the US Election on China

As the United States anxiously anticipates results of the upcoming presidential election, so too does the rest of the world. Lia Isono examines the potential consequences of a Clinton or a Trump presidency for U.S.-Chinese relations.



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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