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World Policy Newsletter, Week of August 11th

From Kenyan women's participation in preventing violent extremism to collaboration with indigenous groups in the Arctic Council, we highlight the benefits of broadening policy conversations in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Tanya Lokshina on Chechnya's LGBT Community

Starting in late February, Chechnya’s LGBT community became the target of a purge, and around 100 people were detained, tortured, and humiliated. World Policy Journal spoke with Tanya Lokshina, the Russian program director at Human Rights Watch, about Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's pattern of human rights violations against marginalized groups.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 132: "Trump's New Militarism"

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised decisive and successful military action. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, about how Trump has dealt with foreign policy challenges in the first few months of his presidency.

Preventive War

Recent tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have raised concerns about a potential military conflict. James H. Nolt argues that a preventive war in this situation may be less an effort to halt North Korea's ascent than an attempt to forestall President Trump's domestic political demise.

Ships and Ice Don’t Mix

As sea ice disappears faster than ever, more ships are braving the vast, empty Arctic waters. Ian Hanna discusses the U.S. and Canada's initial steps to implement Arctic Council recommendations aimed at preventing marine accidents.

A Kenyan Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism

Discussions of women's roles in preventing violent extremism often focus on the individuals who join terrorist groups, rather than those who can combat radicalization in their communities. Fauziya Ali argues that local and national authorities in Kenya should engage women in ways that address gender inequality and mistrust of police.

No PAME No Gain for Indigenous Groups

As governments and private enterprise seek new economic opportunities in the Arctic, indigenous voices are often left out of policy discussions. Steven Fry argues the Arctic Council's Protection of Arctic Marine Environment Working Group can be a model for effective collaboration between all stakeholders.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of August 4th

We highlight ways communities can direct and help us understand global change in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Kavita Khory on Nationalism and Protest in India

Nationalism in India and Pakistan has given rise to greater discrimination toward religious and ethnic minorities. World Policy Journal spoke with professor Kavita Khory about the normalization of extremist politics and regional relations in South Asia.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 131: "Russia's Power Play in the Balkans"

In recent years, Russia has made efforts to extend its diplomatic and economic reach in the Balkans. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Milos Rastovic of Duquesne University about why Moscow is able to gain outsized influence in countries like Serbia, despite its relatively low level of investment in the region compared to Europe's.

Women Struggle with Farmer Suicides in India

Indebtedness has pushed tens of thousands of famers to commit suicide in India since the mid-1990s, leaving many widowed women to raise children and make a living on their own. Divya Ramesh discusses the struggles these women face in an occupation marked by gender discrimination, as well as measures that could help them prosper.

The New Trump Era

Over the past six months, President Trump's aggressive foreign policy positions have heightened tensions with countries like Iran and North Korea. Jonathan Cristol argues that future shakeups within the administration could escalate these conflicts further, even to the brink of war.

Breaking the Ice for Indigenous Voices on the World Stage

The only official international body that includes indigenous voices in policy discussions is the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, but these representatives are still left out of the decision-making process. Malina Dumas suggests that the U.N. General Assembly look to the Arctic Council's model as it considers a new status for indigenous governments.

Time for Africans to Take the Driver’s Seat

The U.S. government's proposed cuts to foreign aid threaten the future of millions of people in poor nations like Malawi. Ellen Chilemba argues that lives should not depend on the outcome of U.S. elections, and African citizens must take the lead in improving social and economic conditions on the continent.

Far-Right Movements are Starting to Converge, Posing an Ever-Greater Risk

Splinter groups on Europe's far right, from neo-Nazis to nativist movements, are increasingly teaming up to raise funds and launch campaigns. Amarnath Amarasingam and Jacob Davey describe how this cooperation is amplifying extremist rhetoric and anti-immigrant activities.

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.



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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