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From the Rovaniemi Process to Exploring Common Solutions: Finland’s Priorities in the Changing Arctic

On May 11, Finland assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, a position it will hold until 2019. Timo Koivurova and Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek argue that Finland is well-equipped to continue the Council's work on issues related to sustainable development and climate change, even in a turbulent geopolitical atmosphere.

Liquidity Crunch: Panic or Squeeze?

Uncertainty following an exogenous shock to the economy causes people to cut spending and hoard cash, triggering a vicious cycle as pessimism continues to rise. James H. Nolt examines Japan’s 1927 crash to describe how powerful private companies can orchestrate an economic crisis and benefit from the resulting liquidity crunch.

Greenland’s Role in Changing Arctic Governance

Non-Arctic states are increasingly taking interest in Arctic issues, while subnational actors in the region are angling for greater participation in decision-making processes. Jessica M. Shadian and Inuuteq Holm Olsen discuss these trends as they relate to Greenland's efforts to boost its involvement both within and outside formal Arctic governance structures.

Youth Must be Trusted to Lead in Africa

Solving the youth employment puzzle in sub-Saharan Africa requires a shift in thinking about the roles young people play in their communities. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell explore how new organizations are empowering students to assume leadership roles and meaningfully engage in their own career development.

Halting Palestinian Authority Payments to Families of Terrorists Won’t Bring Peace

The Palestinian Authority spends around $310 million annually to support families of terrorists—a policy President Donald Trump, the U.S. Congress, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all vehemently oppose. Jonathan Cristol argues, however, that ending these payments could make peace in the region a more distant prospect.

Talking Policy: Leta Hong Fincher on Feminism in China

After the 1949 Communist Revolution in China, the Communist Party attempted to improve gender relations in the new People's Republic. World Policy Journal speaks to Leta Hong Fincher about recent crackdowns on activism, women's financial independence, and feminism in China.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 122: "Brazil's Retro Macho Politics"

Last September, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office on charges of illegally using Central Bank funds to conceal the budget deficit amid a worsening economy and growing corruption scandals. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with professor of political studies at Bard College Omar G. Encarnación about the misogynistic political culture that helped bring down Rousseff.

The Stock-Bond Trade-Off

The prices of stocks and bonds typically vary in opposite directions, but during a boom, prices of both assets tend to rise. James H. Nolt explains how, as periods of expansion slow, major creditors can choose to extend or withdraw credit—influencing asset prices in the process.

Africa’s Hidden Drought: A Desert of Agriculture Policy

For Africa's smallholder farmers, policies are often a hidden menace, doing as much damage to production as more obvious challenges like drought. Boaz Blackie Keizire explores the case of one farmer in Kenya whose success can be traced to deliberate interventions that improved access to quality seeds and fertilizers.

Pavel Sulyandziga: Indigenous Rights Activist From the Bikin River

In the latest installment of Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Karina Kesserwan speaks with Pavel Sulyandziga, one of the most outspoken indigenous rights activists in Russia. Sulyandziga discusses the experiences that sparked his interest in exploring the history of his people, as well as the interaction between the government and indigenous peoples in Russia's Far East.

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has issued restrictions on Russian-owned social networks and websites, reportedly in an effort to fight Kremlin-directed hacking and propaganda. Isobel Koshiw explains why censorship is unlikely to accomplish these aims, as well as how the ban is already hurting citizens and businesses.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 121: "Israel: States v. Rights"

President Trump’s recent visit to the Middle East (“and Israel”) has been met with international controversy, but some in the diplomatic community argue that his inconsistent approach to regional policy could be just what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Sari Bashi of Human Rights Watch about how Trump has been received on both sides of the issue.

Made in Bulgaria: Pro-Russian Propaganda

Pro-Russian propaganda is on the rise in Bulgaria, but it's typically produced by Bulgarians rather than directed by the Kremlin. Michael Colborne investigates the ways these articles and social media posts serve local political interests by targeting pro-EU and pro-NATO factions.

The Arctic Council and the Barents Region: Mutually Reinforcing Partners

In addition to the Arctic Council, several institutions in the Barents Euro-Arctic region work on issues related to the environment and sustainable development in the European north. Joël Plouffe, managing editor of Arctic Yearbook, interviews Floridan Vidal, who considers the contributions of Euro-Arctic organizations to promoting regional cooperation despite geopolitical tensions.

Education in Kenya Needs Faster Reform

Nearly 2 million Kenyan children attend private, community, and faith schools that operate outside the formal regulatory structure. Chris Wamalwa, a member of Kenya's National Assembly, explains why registering these informal schools is critical to improving education access in under-served communities.

Arctic Council Chairmanship Handover Signals Unwavering Diplomacy

On May 11, officials from across the Arctic gathered to mark the handover of Arctic Council leadership from the United States to Finland. Erica M. Dingman notes how even amid geopolitical tensions between Arctic states, the international forum has remained a space for diplomacy and cooperation on critical regional issues.

Talking Policy: Raúl Gallegos on Venezuelans' Relationship with Oil

Oil has continued to warp the Venezuelan economy since the first reserve was discovered in 1914, as the government spends massive amounts of oil revenues without saving for the future. World Policy Journal spoke with former Caracas-based correspondent Raúl Gallegos about Venezuelans' relationship with the government and with oil over the past century, as well as how these dynamics are playing out during the country's current political crisis.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 120: "Another Korean War"

Just days after President Donald Trump said he’d be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “under the right circumstances,” the country conducted yet another ballistic missile test off its western coast. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute senior fellow James H. Nolt discusses the potential for military escalation on the Korean peninsula.

Russia Used a Two-Year-Old Video and an ‘Alternative’ Swedish Group to Discredit Reports of Syria Gas Attack

Following President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people and the subsequent U.S. military strike, the Kremlin has issued a long-winded stream of contradictory theories to protect its Syrian ally. Katerina Patin investigates the latest disinformation campaign, which uses a two-year-old video to question the veracity of last month's incident.

Pragmatic Environmentalism in the Russian Arctic

Industrial development during Soviet times has left Russia's Arctic region with acute environmental problems. Speaking with two experts from Saint Petersburg State University, Morgane Fert-Malka explains that while Russian environmental laws are often comprehensive, the legislative process is driven by immediate needs and short-term solutions.

A Universal African Basic Income

Guaranteeing basic income in Africa would provide a safety net and kick-start young people's participation in the economy. Carl Manlan argues an African-funded universal basic income program should be paired with industrialization and tax reforms to boost the continent's prosperity.

Bearing Witness to Climate Change

Glaciers are rapidly disappearing in the Arctic. To document the dramatic pace of ecological change in the region, painter and photographer Diane Burko shares images and anecdotes from her new book, Bearing Witness to Climate Change.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 12th

We explore the implications of the French presidential election, from the challenges ahead for Macron's En Marche! to the movement of the far-right National Front into the mainstream, in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Swanee Hunt on Inclusive Security

While news of the Rwandan genocide reached all corners of the globe, the nation’s recovery and the key role of women are less often featured in the media. World Policy Journal spoke with Ambassador Swanee Hunt about the importance of including women in peace processes and her lifelong dedication to empowering women activists and policymakers.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 119: “The Left Restored Is Mightier Than Le Pen”

France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen conceded defeat on Sunday to Emmanuel Macron, an independent, moderate candidate. In this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with Paris-based writer Cole Stangler about the results of the French presidential election and the future of the nation’s political parties, both left and right.



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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