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World Policy On Air, Ep. 141: "Saving Families From Our Fate"

Hundreds of young people have left Belgium to join terrorist groups abroad since 2011. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with journalist Lisa De Bode about how one woman, Saliha Ben Ali, whose son died in Syria in 2013, is sharing her story in an effort to help fellow mothers recognize signs of radicalization in their children.

Arctic on Fire

A weeklong storm in 2015 triggered fires that burned 5 million acres of forest and 70 homes in Alaska. Edward Struzik points to the role of climate change in the increased ferocity of wildfires, and says investment in forest, tundra, and wildfire science is necessary to protect Arctic peoples and land.

The Price of Mining Wealth in Chiapas

Mining has been a prominent part of the rapid liberalization of Mexico's economy in the past two decades. Lynn Holland describes how the industry has brought environmental and health risks to the country's resource-rich regions, despite official pledges to promote sustainability.

Madeleine Redfern: Canadian Inuit Politician

In the latest installment of Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Jean François Arteau speaks with Madeleine Redfern, an Inuk politician from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Redfern discusses the need for self-governance and decolonization, which require the Inuit to meet the community's needs by delivering their own programs and services.

Liberia’s Ambitious Education Policy

Liberia's education system was hit hard by two civil wars and the outbreak of Ebola, and less than half of the country's 15- to 24-year-olds are literate. Responding to criticism of the cost and methods of the government's partnership with private education providers, Dr. Saaim Naame argues that academic achievement and quality of instruction should be given the most weight when evaluating the program.

Talking Policy: César Gaviria on the Peace Treaty and Drug Policy in Colombia

Last year the government in Bogotá signed a landmark peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to put an end to the country's 53-year-old civil war. Former President César Gaviria spoke with World Policy Journal about the implications of the deal, and how to minimize violence amid a war on drugs.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 140: "Terror and the Family"

Former U.K. Prime Minster David Cameron, when discussing the possible radicalization of Muslim men, said that Muslim women could be a "moderating force" on their husbands. This week on World Policy On Air, Rafia Zakaria disputes this orientalist thinking and describes how jihadi groups' new recruitment tactics are changing views on women and Islam.

The Persistence of Slavery in Mauritania

Mauritania’s government put laws in place to criminalize slavery in 2007, but thousands remain trapped in forced domestic and agricultural labor. Madeline de Figueiredo examines the judicial system's failure to implement anti-slavery legislation and the state's suppression of abolition activists.

Borrow and Spend

The U.S. Republican Party, having failed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, has turned to another important but divisive issue: taxes. James H. Nolt describes how, rather than champion middle and working-class people, the party's tax reforms would more likely benefit corporate interests.

The Strange History of the Arctic and the Arab Gulf

The Arctic and the Arab Gulf might seem like an unlikely pairing, but strong ties to oil have caused their paths to cross in recent decades. Marwa Maziad examines the parallel histories and shared economic and security challenges of these two regions.

Can the Nigeria Solid Minerals Development Fund Deliver?

The Nigeria Solid Minerals Development Fund aims for the mining sector to contribute three percent of the country's GDP by 2025. George C. Lwanda explains how the fund must overcome gaps in geological data, prevalent illegal mining, and insufficient long-term investment spending in order to achieve this goal.

New Reconciliation Law Threatens Tunisia’s Democracy

Tunisian President Essebsi proposed a law granting amnesty to civil servants of crimes committed under the orders of former dictator Ben Ali. Amna Guellali argues that, rather than promote reconciliation, this law will enable corruption and disrupt Tunisia's transition to democracy and justice.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 29th

From public health to pollution to child rights, we highlight the ways on-the-ground activists bring the world's attention to critical issues in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight Russian influence with a new drive to promote Ukrainian-only instruction in schools. Ian Bateson explains why some fear this strategy will play into the Kremlin's hands.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 139: "Constructing Family"

In this week's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Journal managing editor Laurel Jarombek previews the new "Constructing Family" issue, discussing responses to a "Big Question" about family values as well as essays on terror and gender roles, intimate violence in Shinzo Abe's Japan, and "responsible paternity" policies in Latin America.

The Myth of Accidental War

Last week, Donald Trump claimed Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer,” in a warning the North Korean foreign minister saw as a declaration of war. James H. Nolt sets out to debunk the myth that armed conflict happens accidentally, arguing all wars are the result of careful choices, calculations, and strategies.

Is There a Dark Side to Arctic Cooperation?

The impact of climate change on the Northern Sea Route raises concerns about not only the environment, but also the regulation of transit and shipping. Hannes Hansen-Magnusson argues that a broad international dialogue is needed to address the far-reaching implications for trade relations.

Prioritizing Skin Bleaching as a Public Health Concern

Unrealistic beauty standards have led to a high prevalence of skin bleaching across Africa and around the world. Ogo Maduewesi explores the dire health risks of the chemicals in many skin-whitening products, and argues that this practice must be treated as a public-health concern.

Why the Kremlin is Waltzing over “Matilda”

A new movie about Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and his affair with a Polish ballerina has brought protesters onto the streets. Daria Litvinova explains why the Kremlin is staying above the fray, even though many of those demanding the film be banned are Putin supporters.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 138: "North Korean Nuclear Quandary"

At his first speech at the U.N., President Trump threatened to "completely destroy" North Korea in response to its nuclear weapons program and provocative missile tests. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy Senior Fellow James H. Nolt discusses how a slide into open conflict may be more likely than we think.

Slipping Toward War with North Korea

The Trump administration has begun to suggest scenarios where U.S. anti-missile systems are authorized to shoot down North Korean test missiles. James H. Nolt considers the potential for military escalation if this policy were to be enacted.

Beauty of Lofoten, and the Beast

It is estimated that 450 million tons of plastic were produced this year alone, 80 percent of which was single-use. Photographer June Grønseth documents the environmental devastation caused by plastic pollution near her home in Lofoten, Norway.

Reveal: The Rise of the New German Right

Our partners at Coda Story teamed up with Reveal, a weekly radio program, to take a close look at the rise of Germany's far right—and how Berlin decided to take a tough line on fake news.

Popular Lynching in Madagascar

Incidents of lynching have become increasingly common in Madagascar in the past two years, and the government has been unable to stop them. Yvon Randriaharimalala suggests that reintegration of the historical Dina court system could empower communities to systematically resolve conflict rather than resorting to violence.

Will Immigration Rescue Japan, and the Region?

Japan, home to the world's oldest population, is facing a crisis as the country's shrinking workforce threatens its economic stability. Craig Moran argues that loosening immigration policies would help address this demographic imbalance while also benefitting other nations in the region.



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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