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The Political Economy of Political Labels

Political parties often use labels and slogans to elicit visceral responses and mislead their followers. Looking at the history of liberalism and conservatism in the U.S., James H. Nolt examines how the role of private power in driving policy often contradicts political rhetoric.

One Woman’s Tale of Being Radicalized by ‘Utopian’ Promises

The vision of an Islamic state uniting the world and ending Islamophobia has enticed young Muslim girls in Western countries to join extremist groups. Flora Bagenal speaks with Yasmin Mulbocus, who explains her motivations and disillusionment as a former teenage recruiter for a terrorist organization in the United Kingdom.

Saving Venezuela from Itself

Venezuela is in crisis, with a skyrocketing inflation rate, political upheaval, and rampant crime. Amanda Mattingly calls on the international community to support the domestic opposition and pressure the Maduro administration to schedule early elections.

What Russian Air Patrols in the Arctic Mean for Canada’s Security & Sovereignty

In the last few years, an increasing number of Russian air patrols have entered the North American Arctic airspace. Joël Plouffe, co-managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook, spoke with Frédéric Lasserre, professor of geography at the Université Laval, about Russia’s remilitarization campaign and what this activity means for Canadian sovereignty and national security.

Don’t Count States, Respect Rights

For the first time in decades, the U.S. president is not embracing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sari Bashi, the Israel and Palestine advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, writes that this shift in policy creates an opportunity to return human rights to the peace process.

Costs and Benefits of the CFA Franc

After independence, many former French colonies in West and Central Africa signed monetary cooperation agreements with France. Today, Issiaka Coulibaly argues, these countries should seek more flexibility in shaping their own monetary policies and focus on strengthening regional economic integration.

Refugees Paid One Euro an Hour by German Employment Program

Facing an influx of migrants, Germany has implemented a plan to find low-wage work for the thousands of people waiting for their asylum applications to be processed. Laura Kasinof follows a young Iranian asylum-seeker as he deals with a measly salary and a slow bureaucracy.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 24th

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We look at the many faces of racism plaguing our world, from Islamophobia to institutional biases in technology, in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 108: "Racist in the Machine"

The world was stunned last year when Tay, Microsoft’s premier Twitter chatbot, evolved from innocent social media consumer to a sexist, racist troll after operating only a few hours. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, cybersecurity expert Megan Garcia explains why governments and companies must be conscious of the institutional biases picked up by complex algorithms.

Exit Strategy

Since World War II, the U.S. has been involved in multiple extended conflicts without an exit strategy. James H. Nolt discusses the role domestic politics have played in initiating these ill-defined wars.

Sudan After Sanctions

The Obama administration's decision to ease sanctions on Sudan earlier this year came as a surprise to many. Yousif Yahya describes the steps Sudan can take to restore its regional role now that restrictions on financial dealings with Sudanese companies have been lifted.

The Arctic as a Geopolitical Bond Among the EU, Russia, and Norway

Though they disagree on other issues, the EU, Norway, and Russia share common interests in the Arctic. World Policy Journal spoke with political scientist Matthaios Melas about how energy, the environment, and migration create a relationship of cooperation, not conflict, among these three actors.

The Czech Republic’s Phantom Muslim Menace

In the Czech Republic, a country where many people have no personal experience with Islam, anti-Muslim attitudes are usually born more out of fear of the unknown than anything else. Michael Colborne explains how Islamophobia has found a fertile ground in Czech Republic, with aggressive language once limited to fringe websites spreading to mainstream media.

Somaliland: A Stable and Independent State, But No Recognition

With a new U.S. president in office, Somaliland, an autonomous region in the northeastern part of Somalia, may have a chance at gaining international recognition as an independent state. Nimo Ismail discusses what stands in the way of recognition for this safe haven in an otherwise volatile region.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 17th

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We explore the potential effects of President Trump's trade policies on both domestic markets and global economies in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Leila Ahmed on Being Muslim in America

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It is not easy to be a Western Muslim today, with Trump's attempt at a "Muslim Ban" and reports of rising Islamophobic hate crimes. World Policy Journal discussed these issues with Dr. Leila Ahmed, the Egyptian-born author of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, and the first appointed professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 107: "Good Girls Revolt"

A new wave of feminism is quietly sweeping through China amid the government’s recent crackdown on freedoms of assembly and expression. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, historian Maura Elizabeth Cunningham considers the likely outcomes of activists' efforts to advance women’s rights in the face of a regime looking to subdue dissent.

The Unlikely Prospect of War with China

Trump's statements about his policy objectives have made the future of U.S.-Chinese relations uncertain. James H. Nolt argues that although war between the two countries is highly unlikely, one possible scenario would see Trump instigating conflict as a means to consolidate executive power and pursue his otherwise unrealistic domestic policy proposals.

Outside Looking In: A Russian Filmmaker Fights Censorship from Abroad

Feeling pressure from the Russian government, filmmaker Vitaly Mansky left for Latvia in 2014, joining other media and cultural organizations in exile. Katya Kumkova describes how independent documentary filmmakers like Mansky will play an increasingly important role as Russian authorities continues to clamp down on dissent.

Is Denmark an Arctic Great Power?

United under the Kingdom of Denmark are the nations of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. World Policy fellow Erica Dingman spoke with Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, who researches Danish foreign and security policy and Arctic politics, to discuss the evolving role of Greenland in how Denmark is redefining its Arctic interests.

Cuba's Economy is Stagnating, But it Could Get Worse

Despite the opening of diplomatic relations with the U.S. and an increase in tourism revenue, Cuba's economy has not grown significantly. Amanda Mattingly predicts that the Cuban government's resistance to market-friendly reform and declining oil subsidies from Venezuela could strain the economy even further.

Continuing the Wins in Soil Health Restoration in Africa

Sixty-five percent of Africa's soils are degraded, resulting in low crop yields and perpetuating the poverty trap. Esther Ngumbi advocates for soil conservation practices to be scaled up across the continent to enhance agricultural production and food security.

The Plausible Coincidence of a Trump Win and US Equity Market Rally

For market participants, understanding the causes of the year-end stock market rally is valuable in considering the U.S. economic future. Peter Lupoff analyzes recent U.S. equity market performances and explains why fourth-quarter gains may have nothing to do with Trump's election.

Singapore: Sex Workers are Workers, Not Criminals

For our winter 2016/2017 issue, World Policy Interrupted, World Policy Journal asked experts from around the world how sex workers can better control their working conditions. Vanessa Ho argues that in order for sex workers to be treated as workers and not as criminals, they should have access to channels to voice the issues they face.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 10th

Experts weigh on shifts in African politics from Gambia to the African Union in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!
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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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