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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.

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.



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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