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After Her Parents’ Murder, One Activist Takes the Path of Peace

After 9/11, a rise in Islamophobic rhetoric and violent action has pushed a small number of young Muslims to extremism. Flora Bagenal interviews the survivor of a racist attack in Belgium, Kenza Isnasni, who instead responded by dedicating her work to achieving more peace, respect, and dialogue.

Vietnam Acquires Undersea Power

As are many countries in the Asia-Pacific, Vietnam is steadily bolstering its military against an increasingly confrontational China. Sarosh Bana explains how Vietnam's new submarine fleet fits into its national defense strategy.

Charlie Watt Jr.: Young Entrepreneur and Humanist in the Canadian Arctic

In Arctic in Context's latest "People of the North" interview, Jean François Arteau speaks with Charlie Watt Jr., the co-founder of Avataa, a company that works to develop business ventures to bring economic benefits to the Inuit of northern Canada. Watt discusses why it's important to think sustainably for the future of the Arctic and its peoples.

The Hardest Part is Yet to Come for Colombia’s Peace Agreement

The peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC was signed only after tremendous effort and years of negotiations. Cristobal Vasquez details the variables, like President Santos' unpopularity, financial difficulties, and right-wing paramilitary violence, that could now derail the implementation of the agreement.

Redefining What Counts as a "Good" Job

Unemployment in many African countries is exacerbated by the pervasive idea that informal jobs are not viable career options. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell share the ways entrepreneurs across the continent are reversing these stereotypes and connecting youth to alternative industries.

Kremlin, Nationalists Face Off Over Romanov Romance ‘Mathilda’

Mathilda, a new historical fiction film that portrays Tsar Nicholas II’s premarital affair, has led to a dispute over the limits of creative expression in Russia. Natalia Antonova writes that the debate may signal a shift in the balance of power between the Kremlin and the government-backed religious nationalist movement.

Talking Policy: Jennifer Wilson on Race and U.S.-Russia Relations

What do rising ultranationalism and the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election have in common? World Policy Journal spoke with Jennifer Wilson, a postdoctoral fellow for academic diversity in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, on the role race plays in U.S-Russia relations.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 109: Changing Horses

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's support for the Russian-brokered cease-fire in Syria continued a trend of closer ties with Russia and increasing distance from the U.S. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow and Turkey expert Elmira Bayrasli assesses what Erdoğan's geopolitical maneuvering means for the numerous security challenges his country still faces.

The Political Economy of Political Labels

Political parties often use labels and slogans to elicit visceral responses and mislead their followers. Looking at the history of liberalism and conservatism in the U.S., James H. Nolt examines how the role of private power in driving policy often contradicts political rhetoric.

One Woman’s Tale of Being Radicalized by ‘Utopian’ Promises

The vision of an Islamic state uniting the world and ending Islamophobia has enticed young Muslim girls in Western countries to join extremist groups. Flora Bagenal speaks with Yasmin Mulbocus, who explains her motivations and disillusionment as a former teenage recruiter for a terrorist organization in the United Kingdom.

Saving Venezuela from Itself

Venezuela is in crisis, with a skyrocketing inflation rate, political upheaval, and rampant crime. Amanda Mattingly calls on the international community to support the domestic opposition and pressure the Maduro administration to schedule early elections.

What Russian Air Patrols in the Arctic Mean for Canada’s Security & Sovereignty

In the last few years, an increasing number of Russian air patrols have entered the North American Arctic airspace. Joël Plouffe, co-managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook, spoke with Frédéric Lasserre, professor of geography at the Université Laval, about Russia’s remilitarization campaign and what this activity means for Canadian sovereignty and national security.

Don’t Count States, Respect Rights

For the first time in decades, the U.S. president is not embracing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sari Bashi, the Israel and Palestine advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, writes that this shift in policy creates an opportunity to return human rights to the peace process.

Costs and Benefits of the CFA Franc

After independence, many former French colonies in West and Central Africa signed monetary cooperation agreements with France. Today, Issiaka Coulibaly argues, these countries should seek more flexibility in shaping their own monetary policies and focus on strengthening regional economic integration.

Refugees Paid One Euro an Hour by German Employment Program

Facing an influx of migrants, Germany has implemented a plan to find low-wage work for the thousands of people waiting for their asylum applications to be processed. Laura Kasinof follows a young Iranian asylum-seeker as he deals with a measly salary and a slow bureaucracy.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 24th

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We look at the many faces of racism plaguing our world, from Islamophobia to institutional biases in technology, in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 108: "Racist in the Machine"

The world was stunned last year when Tay, Microsoft’s premier Twitter chatbot, evolved from innocent social media consumer to a sexist, racist troll after operating only a few hours. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, cybersecurity expert Megan Garcia explains why governments and companies must be conscious of the institutional biases picked up by complex algorithms.

Exit Strategy

Since World War II, the U.S. has been involved in multiple extended conflicts without an exit strategy. James H. Nolt discusses the role domestic politics have played in initiating these ill-defined wars.

Sudan After Sanctions

The Obama administration's decision to ease sanctions on Sudan earlier this year came as a surprise to many. Yousif Yahya describes the steps Sudan can take to restore its regional role now that restrictions on financial dealings with Sudanese companies have been lifted.

The Arctic as a Geopolitical Bond Among the EU, Russia, and Norway

Though they disagree on other issues, the EU, Norway, and Russia share common interests in the Arctic. World Policy Journal spoke with political scientist Matthaios Melas about how energy, the environment, and migration create a relationship of cooperation, not conflict, among these three actors.

The Czech Republic’s Phantom Muslim Menace

In the Czech Republic, a country where many people have no personal experience with Islam, anti-Muslim attitudes are usually born more out of fear of the unknown than anything else. Michael Colborne explains how Islamophobia has found a fertile ground in Czech Republic, with aggressive language once limited to fringe websites spreading to mainstream media.

Somaliland: A Stable and Independent State, But No Recognition

With a new U.S. president in office, Somaliland, an autonomous region in the northeastern part of Somalia, may have a chance at gaining international recognition as an independent state. Nimo Ismail discusses what stands in the way of recognition for this safe haven in an otherwise volatile region.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 17th

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We explore the potential effects of President Trump's trade policies on both domestic markets and global economies in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Leila Ahmed on Being Muslim in America

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It is not easy to be a Western Muslim today, with Trump's attempt at a "Muslim Ban" and reports of rising Islamophobic hate crimes. World Policy Journal discussed these issues with Dr. Leila Ahmed, the Egyptian-born author of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, and the first appointed professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 107: "Good Girls Revolt"

A new wave of feminism is quietly sweeping through China amid the government’s recent crackdown on freedoms of assembly and expression. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, historian Maura Elizabeth Cunningham considers the likely outcomes of activists' efforts to advance women’s rights in the face of a regime looking to subdue dissent.
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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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