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Is the Arctic Council Still a Visionary Leader?

Nearly 10 years after Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declared the Arctic to be a "zone of peace," the Arctic Council was founded to help countries collaborate on key regional issues. Brandon Ray discusses how the Council lost some of its vision as it expanded its scope, and offers ways for the institution to hone its strategy moving forward.

Belize: Attempts to Undermine the Alcalde System

Traditional leaders, or Alcaldes, in the Maya village of Santa Cruz were charged by police last year for arresting an outsider who violated customary laws by building a house and farming on a sacred site. Samane Hemmat argues that this incident is an example of repeated attempts by the Belize government to undermine the legitimacy of the Alcalde system.

The Arctic Council: A Unique Institution in 21st-Century International Relations

The Arctic Council is breaking new ground in the way we think about regional governance, relations with Indigenous peoples, energy, environmental protection, and security. Nadine C. Fabbi, Scott Montgomery, and Eric W. Finke introduce a series featuring Arctic Fellows from the University of Washington, who provide policy-oriented perspectives on how to strengthen this innovative institution.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 126: "Criminal Injustice"

In this week's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Journal editor Christopher Shay previews the new "Justice Denied" issue, discussing an interview with incarcerated Philippine Senator Leila de Lima as well as essays on codified oppression in Egypt, racism and the law in Germany, prisons in Singapore, and indigenous rights in Canada.

Talking Policy: Maria Dolores Miño on Human Rights in Ecuador

Ecuador's 2008 constitution promised radical protections of human rights and environmental rights, but these protections were soon undermined by former President Rafael Correa’s overreach of power. World Policy Journal speaks with Maria Dolores Miño about the disconnect between the law and its selective implementation.

Democratic and Republican Government

The terms "democracy" and "republic" are often confused and used interchangeably. James H. Nolt argues that modern political discourse has forgotten Aristotle's crucial distinction between the two, and that modern conservatism has replaced the idea of public-spirited republicanism with rule by private power.

Circumpolar Legislation on Pollutants

Since it was ratified in 2001, the Stockholm Convention has aimed to reduce the adverse effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants, including damage to the health of Arctic Indigenous people. Erica Dingman interviews Doris Friedrich about the impact of climate change on the spread of dangerous chemicals across the region.

Farmers Must Adopt Agricultural Practices that Improve Soil Health

Healthy soils are critical to global food production, but many farmers have yet to adopt practices that can improve soil resilience and increase yields. Esther Ngumbi discusses steps the scientific community must take to share recent advancements with farmers in Africa and around the world.

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukranian Books

As war in Crimea stretches into a third year, the Kremlin is stepping up efforts to squash any expressions of pro-Ukraine opinion. Marina Bocharova explains how the Russian head of a government-funded library of Ukrainian literature got tangled up in this campaign against "extremism."

Talking Policy: Peter James Hudson on how Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean

Puerto Rico's current debt crisis has parallels with fiscal problems in Cuba in Haiti in the 1920s and 1930s. World Policy Journal speaks with Peter James Hudson about the influence American financial institutions held and the resistance their meddling helped ignite.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 125: "Bulgaria's Pro-Russia Propaganda"

Pro-Russian propaganda, common in Bulgaria, is typically fabricated not by Kremlin agents but by ordinary Bulgarians. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with Canadian freelance journalist Michael Colborne about how this anti-Western, anti-democratic, and anti-NATO content on news sites and social media affects politics in the Balkan nation.

Bullish Leverage

When leveraging assets, investors need to consider their credit worthiness and their bearish strategic adversaries. James H. Nolt explains how top financial institutions can manipulate the market by hedging against losses and benefiting from depressed prices.

Science Diplomacy and the Arctic Council: A Catalyst for Deeper Regional Cooperation?

Tackling transnational problems like climate change requires the participation of states that may have competing interests. Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook, interviews Clemens Binder about how scientific collaboration can promote political cooperation and regional stability.

A Path to Free North Korea's Political Prisoners

Negotiations and strategic communication channels could be the safest way to deal with North Korea’s unstable regime. Robert Park argues that covertly reaching out to disaffected elites could offer a chance for reunification and an end to human rights violations.

Ukraine’s East: Why Not Call Russia’s Occupation by Its Name?

After three years of conflict, Ukraine still refers to its war-torn eastern territories as an “Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone.” Isobel Koshiw explains why Ukrainians remain divided on whether to label the Russian-backed separatist region as "occupied," and why some argue this indecision plays into Moscow's PR strategy.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of June 16th

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Talking Policy: Geoffrey Mann on the ‘Climate Leviathan’

Climate change threatens to transform not just the environment, but also the entire global system. World Policy Journal speaks with Geoffrey Mann about the role of states and global elites in the international order that is emerging in an attempt to avoid environmental catastrophe.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 124: "Ukraine Past & Future"

The National Corps, the political wing of the far-right Azov battalion currently serving as part of the National Guard of Ukraine, was launched when Russia seized Crimea in 2014. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with journalist Ian Bateson about how this nationalist group uses historical figures and artifacts to help justify its vision for Ukraine's future.

Risk and Return

It's commonly understood that there is a trade-off between risk and return in both personal and corporate finance. James H. Nolt discusses how powerful financial players use strategies of deception and surprise in an attempt to reap massive rewards while minimizing risk.

Lessons from ‘Dumpcano’ for Solid Waste Management in Nunavut

In 2014, there was massive garbage fire in a landfill in the capital of Nunavut. Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook, interviewed Gloria Song about how geography and disputed jurisdictions pose challenges to the management and disposal of waste in the Canadian Arctic.

Can Dr. Tedros Save the WHO?

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeseus, Ethiopia's former health minister, has been named the next director general of the World Health Organization. Craig Moran discusses what Tedros will need to do to set the WHO back on track amid recent funding cuts and controversy over the institution's effectiveness.

Khartoum Should Mediate, Not Instigate

The current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf puts Sudan, which has several key allies in the region, in a delicate position. Yousif Yahya explains why Khartoum must continue its efforts to mediate rather than take sides in the dispute.

In Germany, a Battle Against Fake News Stumbles into Legal Controversy

A law proposed in Germany would force social networks to review and delete posts on their platforms that constitute hate crimes or other illegal content. Josie Le Blond discusses the controversy around this law, from cries of censorship to concerns that fact-checkers can't keep up with the proliferation of fake news.

Talking Policy: Paul Hockenos on Gentrification and Art in Berlin

The Berlin Wall's historic fall, signaling the end of the Cold War, saw the collision and fusion of the art scenes of West and East Berlin. World Policy Journal speaks with Paul Hockenos, a Berlin-based journalist and writer, about the role of artists and punks in shaping today's Berlin and the gentrification of the German capital.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 123: "Infrastructure & Insurgency"

To convince residents to support an occupying force, the logistics of counterinsurgency are as significant as the actual fighting. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with University of London professor of politics Laleh Khalili about how the U.S. and Israel use road construction to reach political and tactical ends in Afghanistan and Palestine.



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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