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Talking Policy: Rania Abouzeid on the Syrian Crisis

Six years after the Arab Spring spread to Syria in 2011 in the form of anti-government protests, the brutal conflict is still raging. World Policy Journal spoke with Beirut-based journalist Rania Abouzeid about reporting from Syria and what lies ahead for the war-torn country.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 130: "The New Berlin"

As Berlin develops, modern high-rises, start-ups, and gentrification threaten to upend the subcultures that have shaped the city over recent decades. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow Paul Hockenos discusses his latest book, Berlin Calling, which explores the occupied squats, artistic ferment, and street politics in the anarchic years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

All Walls Are Temporary

In the face of Donald Trump's promises to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border "from sea to shining sea," architect Ronald Rael's book, Borderwall as Architecture, proposes new visions for a wall that could connect communities on both sides, rather than separate them.

Amplifying Arctic Issues ‘Downstream of the 66th Parallel’

As climate change continues to threaten the Arctic, the need to influence public opinion on environmental issues is increasingly urgent. Elena S. Bell examines how high-profile Arctic Council chairs like John Kerry and Leona Aglukkaq can amplify the organization's message worldwide.

Sudan at a Crossroads

Now that U.S. sanctions may soon be lifted, Sudan must consider how to fully re-enter the international community. Yousif Yahya argues that policy-makers in Khartoum should channel resources into education and research to ensure the average citizen will reap the benefits of global engagement.

Campaigning to Destroy: How Moscow Authorities Promoted Mass Housing Demolition

A program seeking to demolish some 4,000 Soviet-era apartment blocks and relocate around 1 million people sparked unprecedented outrage in Moscow. Daria Litvinova describes the heavy-handed government propaganda campaign that lead up to President Vladimir Putin signing the bill into law in early July.

Protecting the Polar Seaways

Dramatic reduction in summer sea ice allows for increased maritime traffic in the dangerous waters of the Arctic. David Rivera argues that the Polar Code's shipping regulations are insufficient for keeping the Arctic Ocean clean and safe.

Talking Policy: Salwa El Gantri on Transitional Justice in Tunisia

Since Tunisia's revolution in 2010, the country has made strides in advancing economic and social justice. World Policy Journal speaks with Salwa El Gantri, the head of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s office in Tunisia, about proposed legislation that could threaten recent progress and the future of the country’s democratic transition.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 129: "The Rights of Trees"

Climate change is accelerating faster than scientific models predicted. This week on World Policy On Air, associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Mari Margil argues a transformation in law and culture is needed to curb the damaging effects on the world's ecosystems.

China, Prometheus Unbound

China's dramatic economic transformation is often attributed to free-market reforms. James H. Nolt argues, however, that a massive increase in public investment has played a key part in the country's rapid technological revolution.

The Northern Sea Route, Russia’s Coronary Artery

In Russia, rivers and seas play a key role in connecting settlements separated by impassable terrain. Morgane Fert-Malka discusses the significance of the so-called Northern Sea Route for Moscow's strategic development goals and national identity.

A New Approach to End Malnutrition in Africa

Africa is the only continent in the world where malnutrition is on the rise. Mercy Lung'aho argues that implementing systems to track chronic malnutrition and predict food security risks can help avert crises.

The Double-Edged Sword of Arctic Development

Since 2007, the Arctic narrative has revolved around access to natural resources as global temperatures rise. Michael Brown discusses the effects of the growing international demand for renewable energy on Arctic development and regional governance.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of July 14th

We highlight colonial injustices from Belize to Burundi in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Mark Ungar on Rule of Law in Latin America

Rule of law is improving across Latin America, but the process of police and criminal justice reform has been slow. World Policy Journal speaks with Mark Ungar about community policing and enforcement of environmental regulation in the region.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 128: "Dignity, Not Deadly Force"

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. government has given about $4.3 billion in surplus military equipment to state and local authorities. Now, conversations around #BlackLivesMatter and police brutality have amplified the call for less militaristic methods of policing. This week on World Policy On Air, University of Chicago professor Aziz Huq discusses procedural justice and police reform.

Russia’s Soft Power in the Balkans

Russia and European powers are vying for influence in Serbia and the rest of the Balkans. Milos Rastovic explains how Russia's cultural ties and efforts to exploit inconsistencies in EU policy may prevent the region from aligning more closely with the West.

Burundi: A Justice System Out of Touch With Social Realities

World Policy Journal asked a panel of experts from around the world: What colonial legacies prevent indigenous peoples from achieving justice? Janvier Bigirimana describes how the European-style courts introduced by Belgian colonizers continue to clash with Burundi's customary justice system.

Stephen Grasser: Kativik Regional Government Analyst in Economic Development and Food Security

In Arctic in Context's latest "People of the North" interview, Jean-François Arteau speaks with Stephen Grasser, Kativik regional government analyst focusing on economic development and food security. Grasser discusses the changes he has witnessed in his community since moving to Nunavik 30 years ago.

Infection Control and Hygiene in the Face of Ebola

Nearly three years after the outbreak of Ebola, inadequate sanitation continues to threaten the health of Nigeria's citizens and economy. Adeyemi Adewole details the measures being taken in rural regions to provide infection-control products and change public attitudes toward hygiene.

Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples, From Legal Texts to Policing Practice

In the summer issue of World Policy Journal, we asked a panel of experts from around the world about the colonial legacies that prevent indigenous peoples from achieving justice. Patricia Miranda Wattimena argues that despite the adoption of U.N. human rights standards to protect indigenous peoples, activists across Asia are often criminalized and discriminatory legal language can prevent these communities from asserting their rights.

Is the U.S. Ready for an Arctic Oil Spill?

The United States failed to effectively prevent, and then clean up, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Valerie Cleland argues that an Arctic Council agreement on marine pollution will only protect the region's fragile ecosystem if member states, including the U.S., live up to their commitments.

Talking Policy: Tom Parker on Human Rights and Counterterrorism

States have adopted a wide variety of counterterrorism measures over the past century and a half in largely unsuccessful efforts to eliminate terrorist threats. World Policy Journal speaks with Tom Parker, a former U.N. adviser, about the importance of making human rights the foundation of counterterrorism strategies.

The Degradation of Indigenous Systems in Africa

The Big Question for our summer 2017 Justice Denied issue asks: What legacies of colonialism prevent indigenous peoples from achieving justice? Dr. Ndubuisi Christian Ani describes how the continued interference of imperial states contributes to the degradation of indigenous systems and the exploitation of resources across Africa.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 127: "Climate Leviathan"

In the face of looming environmental catastrophe, Geoffrey Mann and Joel Wainwright's book Climate Leviathan describes the new world order emerging from efforts to force countries to comply with climate agreements. This week on World Policy On Air, Mann discusses state sovereignty, climate change, and social movements in response to threats to the environment.



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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