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Principles of Political Economy

Classical economists often ignore certain variables and leave their assumptions unquestioned. For Polarizing Political Economy's 100th blog post, James. H Nolt discusses what distinguishes his views from those found in most economics textbooks.

Olympian responsibility: The IOC must not sacrifice ethics for profits

When Rio was selected as the 2016 Olympic city, the Brazilian government pledged to improve city conditions and thought it would boost the local economy, but today, these problems persist. With Rio in mind, Shaun Anderson argues that the International Olympic Committee should prioritize both ethics and profits as it considers Los Angeles and Paris in its decision for the 2024 games.

Russia's Blindfolded Arctic Policy

The Kremlin's militaristic and geopolitical intentions in the Arctic are under scrutiny by Western commentators and policymakers. But Morgane Fert-Malka argues the jingoistic rhetoric in Russia about the Arctic does not reflect the reality of Russian policymaking processes.

‘He Was the Love of My Life’: Why Women Marry Into Boko Haram

Since it began its military campaign against the Nigerian government in 2009, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of girls. Odharnait Ansbro talks with young women who joined the group voluntarily and considers the challenge of reintegration when they return to their communities.

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Poland recently terminated its contract with Belsat TV, the only uncensored channel in Belarus, which has broadcasted out of Warsaw for 10 years. Amy Mackinnon explains that this may not be welcome news to the Belarusian government, as the independent news source has countered Russian propaganda in ways state-controlled media dare not.

Talking Policy: Sheila Smith

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Tensions are high in East Asia with the recent election of Donald Trump, North Korea's continuing aggression, and China's assertive actions in the South China Sea. World Policy Journal spoke with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, about the challenges Japan faces both domestically and internationally.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 111: "Worst-Case Scenario"

With plans for a meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping next month still unconfirmed, Premier Li Keqiang stated that China hoped to avoid a trade war but pointed out the harm this outcome would cause to U.S. firms. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, New York University professor Ann Lee, author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China, discusses the future of relations between the two nations.

Affordable Health Care

Health-care costs in the U.S. are almost double those in most other developed countries. James H. Nolt argues that the Republican free-market approach to health insurance won't reduce costs, however, because it fails to reduce the monopoly power of pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

The Anglophone Problem

Since Cameroon's independence, its Anglophone population has clashed with the Francophone-dominated government, leading to a mass strike in late 2016. Charles Kouasseu argues that a multi-state federation with representatives accountable to the public is needed to resolve the problem.

‘This is the Balkans, Not a Place for Fooling Around’

Since the end of the Cold War, instability has plagued the Balkans, from civil war in Yugoslavia to domestic uprisings in Albania. Spyridon N. Litsas argues that Greece's economic crisis has disrupted the regional balance of power, further destabilizing the neighborhood.

Russia’s Reimagined Arctic

From new gas pipeline ventures to military buildup, Russia is expanding its influence in the Arctic. Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook, spoke with George Soroka, lecturer at Harvard University, about Russia's motivations in the Arctic and how the country's Arctic policy is tied to other economic and geopolitical interests.

Latin America’s Corruption Comeuppance

Construction giant Odebrecht's transnational bribery scheme has now implicated politicians and government officials in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and seven other Latin American countries. Amanda Mattingly argues that the investigation marks an important step in regional anti-corruption efforts.

Kosovo Looks to Islamic State Wives in Order to Fight Extremism

Men traveling to Syria and Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State often bring their wives, who can then become isolated and disenfranchised. Nina Teggarty examines NGOs in Kosovo that see engagement with these women as an opportunity to undermine the radicalization of their husbands.

Weaponizing History: World War II Memorial Attackers Aim to Divide Poland and Ukraine

Despite close foreign policy ties between Ukraine and Poland, the two nations clash over their interpretations of World War II history. Dan McLaughlin describes heightened tensions following a series of vandalism attacks on war memorials, which some say are Russia-backed efforts to divide Ukrainians and Poles even further.

Talking Policy: Judith Matloff on the Role of Geography in Conflict Zones

Rebel groups and militias around the world have used rugged, mountainous terrain to resist central governing authorities. World Policy Journal spoke with Judith Matloff about her new book, No Friends But the Mountains, and how geography affects mountain communities' relationships with the rest of their countries.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 110: "Cold War Bromance"

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have denied rumors of a "Cold-War bromance," but evidence of the Trump administration's ties to Russia appears to be piling up. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we talk about the future of U.S.-Russia relations with New School Russian expert and World Policy fellow Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Another Korean War?

One of the most pressing foreign policy challenges the U.S. now faces is North Korea's increasingly belligerent behavior. James H. Nolt warns how Trump could use a war with North Korea to increase executive power and as springboard to implement his economic nationalist policies.

After Her Parents’ Murder, One Activist Takes the Path of Peace

After 9/11, a rise in Islamophobic rhetoric and violent action has pushed a small number of young Muslims to extremism. Flora Bagenal interviews the survivor of a racist attack in Belgium, Kenza Isnasni, who instead responded by dedicating her work to achieving more peace, respect, and dialogue.

Vietnam Acquires Undersea Power

As are many countries in the Asia-Pacific, Vietnam is steadily bolstering its military against an increasingly confrontational China. Sarosh Bana explains how Vietnam's new submarine fleet fits into its national defense strategy.

Charlie Watt Jr.: Young Entrepreneur and Humanist in the Canadian Arctic

In Arctic in Context's latest "People of the North" interview, Jean François Arteau speaks with Charlie Watt Jr., the co-founder of Avataa, a company that works to develop business ventures to bring economic benefits to the Inuit of northern Canada. Watt discusses why it's important to think sustainably for the future of the Arctic and its peoples.

The Hardest Part is Yet to Come for Colombia’s Peace Agreement

The peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC was signed only after tremendous effort and years of negotiations. Cristobal Vasquez details the variables, like President Santos' unpopularity, financial difficulties, and right-wing paramilitary violence, that could now derail the implementation of the agreement.

Redefining What Counts as a "Good" Job

Unemployment in many African countries is exacerbated by the pervasive idea that informal jobs are not viable career options. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell share the ways entrepreneurs across the continent are reversing these stereotypes and connecting youth to alternative industries.

Kremlin, Nationalists Face Off Over Romanov Romance ‘Mathilda’

Mathilda, a new historical fiction film that portrays Tsar Nicholas II’s premarital affair, has led to a dispute over the limits of creative expression in Russia. Natalia Antonova writes that the debate may signal a shift in the balance of power between the Kremlin and the government-backed religious nationalist movement.

Talking Policy: Jennifer Wilson on Race and U.S.-Russia Relations

What do rising ultranationalism and the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election have in common? World Policy Journal spoke with Jennifer Wilson, a postdoctoral fellow for academic diversity in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, on the role race plays in U.S-Russia relations.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 109: Changing Horses

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's support for the Russian-brokered cease-fire in Syria continued a trend of closer ties with Russia and increasing distance from the U.S. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow and Turkey expert Elmira Bayrasli assesses what Erdoğan's geopolitical maneuvering means for the numerous security challenges his country still faces.
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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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