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“Cashgate” Exposed the Moral Deficit in Malawi

The theft of $32 million over six months by Malawian government officials was exposed in late 2013 in what became known as the Cashgate scandal. Rev. James Tengatenga argues that the case reveals less about a political or legal failure than it does about a culture of impunity and a moral deficit in Malawian society.

Honduras: The Battle to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders

Hundreds of female human rights defenders in Honduras have been threatened or murdered, and most of these cases are not investigated or prosecuted. Laura Carlsen discusses the need to end reprisals against these women and the ongoing battle for women's rights in the country.

Talking Policy: Matti Friedman on Israel's Unnamed War

The Israeli military spent 18 years in the security zone of southern Lebanon, yet the conflict doesn’t have a military ribbon, a monument, or even a name. World Policy Journal spoke with Matti Friedman, author of Pumpkinflowers, about the young soldiers who served on a remote hilltop in Lebanon and how the Israeli operation foreshadowed the wars of today.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 91: "When the Shooting Stops.."

As Colombia grapples with the legacy of its 50-year conflict with the FARC, examples from Argentina to South Africa offer lessons for moving forward from a violent past. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, human rights expert Robin Kirk of Duke University examines the strengths and weaknesses of transitional justice in redressing human rights abuses.

2016 Moroccan Elections: The Past Never Happened

Morocco's conservative Islamist Justice and Development Party was reelected earlier this month despite widespread agreement that the party had governed poorly over the past five years. Salma Refass argues that these results reveal the weakness of Morocco's party system and the resilience of its monarchy.

Initial Public Offerings

The claims of textbook economics about the fairness, efficiency, and stability of markets depend on trade occurring at equilibrium prices. James H. Nolt explains how underwriters of initial public offerings contribute to centralizing wealth by setting prices through negotiated deals.

America as the Constant Gardener in the Pacific

The task of managing the United States' relationship with China will fall to the next president. Tom Plate argues that U.S. policy in Asia should focus on more restricted diplomacy rather than attempting to shape the emerging regional order.

Impressions from Canada’s Senior Arctic Official

Canada's Arctic policy emphasizes both local knowledge and global partnerships. Six weeks into her new gig as Canada’s Senior Arctic Official, Alison LeClaire discusses engagement with the country's northern communities and international collaboration at the Arctic Council and beyond.

Lessons from Africa’s History of Jihad

Despite the popular perception that today's jihadist insurgencies are “clashes of civilization” founded on resistance to change, the history of Islam in Africa shows that belief to be largely incorrect. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos argues that movements of Islamic rebirth have been intricately tied to innovation, state-building, and the adjustment to modernity.

Has the EU Improved External Border Protection?

The European refugee crisis exposed the inadequacies of the continent's approach to managing migration. Solon Ardittis argues that recent moves to outsource EU border control to third countries are necessary evils that could enable dispassionate discussions about a comprehensive policy.

Crimea is Becoming a Russian Money Pit

Despite an economic recession, the Russian government decided to build a $4.5 billion bridge connecting the mainland to Crimea. Sheril Retson explains that the Kremlin's latest effort to tap into Russian nationalism will not revive Crimea's lagging tourist sector or improve the daily lives of its residents.

Leadership Beyond Political Labels

The bipartisan Keynesian consensus from the 1940s through the 1970s emphasized the government's role in managing private interests. James H. Nolt explores the subsequent shift toward market fundamentalism and the failure of political leadership to adequately regulate private power.

Talking Policy: Paul McNally on Corruption in South Africa

Drug dealing is a fact of life on Ontdekkers Road in Johannesburg. World Policy Journal spoke with journalist Paul McNally to discuss the release of his book, The Street, and corruption and crime in South Africa's largest city.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 90: "The Citizen and the State"

Several authoritarian states in the Middle East fail to listen to the demands of their citizens. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, Beirut-based journalist Rami Khouri explains why governments continue to breach their social contracts five years after the Arab Spring uprisings.

Human Trafficking and the Haunting Legacy of Military Sexual Slavery

Survivors of sexual slavery often struggle for years to get reparations and recognition. Stella Oh examines the damaging legacy of the comfort system implemented by the Japanese army during World War II and urges for shared global responsibility to combat human trafficking.

Fighting the Superbug

Last month, the U.N. General Assembly convened a high-level meeting to address antimicrobial resistance. Kirsi Goldynia examines the dangers of these “superbugs” and outlines steps for combating them.

Mapping Arctic Networks

Participants at this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly have realized that the region is being increasingly connected to the global economy. Erica Dingman maps out the trade, renewable energy, and transit networks linking the Arctic with markets across the Northern Hemisphere.

Afro Descendants and Indigenous Defend Historic Peace Agreement

Colombians rejected the peace agreement between the government and the FARC by a margin of less than 1 percent, but the majority of zones inhabited by indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombians voted in favor the deal. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli explores the advocacy efforts of both groups and the need to include ethnic minority rights in further peace discussions.

Finding New Consensus in Colombia

The vote against the Colombian government's peace agreement with the FARC revealed deep polarization in the country. Cristina Bustillo applauds the state's respect for democratic processes, arguing that the next step must be to reach consensus on a new deal.

Ambassador Frank Wisner on US Foreign Policy

A lot has changed in U.S. foreign policy since Ambassador Frank Wisner, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and State for International Security, began working in the Foreign Service Office in 1961. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with Wisner to discuss lessons from the Cold War era, the refugee crisis, and the future of U.S. engagement in Asia and the Middle East.

Hacked Emails Link Turkish Minister to Illicit Oil

Emails released by Turkish hacker group RedHack show links between Berat Albayrak, son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and oil controlled by the Islamic State. Ahmet S. Yayla explains how this evidence appears to support Russian claims about government involvement in illegal oil transfer.

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Artist and world traveler Malala Andrialavidrazana examines globalization and cross-cultural productions. Figures, her latest collection, uses photomontage to disorient borders and bring together unlikely worlds, questioning notions of exploration, ownership, and the circulation of knowledge.

Remembering the Pacific War

The United States has had tense relationships with East Asian states at various points in history. Tying the Pacific War to the present, Graham Clark compares U.S.-Japanese relations in the interwar years to today's tensions with China over maritime boundaries and freedom of trade.

Reclaiming Our Right to Self-Determination in Post-Umbrella Hong Kong

Hong Kong's transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region was decided behind closed doors without the input of Hong Kongers. Joshua Wong, the student leader of 2014's Umbrella Movement, writes with Jeffrey Ngo about regaining the right to self-determination.

Talking Policy: Yonatan Mendel on Israeli Identity

The relationship between Israeli and Arab-Palestinian cultures during the creation of the Israeli state affected modern notions of national identity. World Policy Journal spoke with author Yonatan Mendel to discuss this theme, which he explores in his new book, From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self.



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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