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The Next Battle for Macron's En Marche

The election of Emmanuel Macron has launched France into uncharted territory. World Policy Institute fellow Monique El-Faizy outlines the challenges ahead for France's first outsider president, whose year-old party will need a strong showing in next month's legislative elections in order to implement the agenda he campaigned on.

Stock Crash Looming

Expecting health care deregulation in the U.S. and similar "market solutions" in the United Kingdom and France, the bank Credit Suisse has provided bullish advice on exchange-traded funds. Analyzing the bank's strategy, James H. Nolt posits that Credit Suisse may be manipulating investors to magnify its own gains when bullish bets fail.

Transformations in Arctic Council Agenda Setting

Since it was established in 1996, the Arctic Council's priorities have evolved and its activities have expanded to include new actors. Arctic in Context director Erica Dingman interviews Dorothea Wehrmann, whose research considers the Council's growing focus on the private sector and the role of national interests in shaping its agenda.

"Smart Cookie" or "Crazy Fat Kid": Trump's Erratic View of Kim Jong Un

DMX from North Korea
Does President Donald Trump think North Korea's Kim Jong Un is a lunatic or a rational leader? World Policy Institute fellow Jonathan Cristol argues that the answer should determine U.S. policy, but the uncertainty of Trump's response is pushing South Korea toward a dangerous policy of accommodation.

The Use of Rhetoric Promoting Sexual Violence in Burundi

Amid a political crisis that has produced hundreds of thousands of refugees in Burundi, the youth wing of the ruling party has begun to espouse rhetoric that promotes sexual violence toward women. Amilcar Ryumeko examines the use of inflammatory speech to intimidate political opponents, arguing that regional and international bodies need to take direct action to protect human rights in the country.

Aiding and Abetting: Why Western Fundraising Fails to Stop AIDS Epidemics

International organizations have repeatedly deceived donors to ensure ever more funding for AIDS-relief efforts. Ross Benes discusses the incentives for biomedical companies and groups like UNAIDS to mislead the public and support politically popular programs, often at the expense of backing cheaper and more effective solutions.

Talking Policy: Sheri Berman on the French Election

As the final round of the French presidential election approaches, many are curious as to how the results will reflect political trends in Europe and beyond. World Policy Journal spoke with political scientist Sheri Berman about current European politics and how history can contribute to a better understanding of today's economic and social conditions.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 118: "Fabricated Terrorism"

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was correct when she told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews the “Bowling Green Massacre” wasn't covered by the media—but it was because the event never really happened. In this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with Central Asia expert Sarah Kendzior about why Americans should heed the warning of similar efforts by Uzbekistan's leaders to tamper with the truth.

The Emerging Indie Music Industry in Saudi Arabia

As part of a plan to diversify the economy, Saudi Arabia's leaders have created the General Entertainment Authority to expand recreation options for the public. Musician and producer Diya Azzony came to the U.S. from Jeddah to perform and to share his knowledge of how the Saudi music industry in the country has changed in recent years.

Trump’s Ineffective Protectionism

While Donald Trump has long criticized agreements such as TPP and NAFTA, some of his earliest trade policies involved placing or investigating tariffs on goods like steel, aluminum, and lumber. James H. Nolt explains how these policies make many U.S. industries less competitive in global markets—and therefore less likely to create new jobs for American workers.

Media Perceptions of the Arctic Council

Changing media perceptions of the Arctic Council, the region's most prominent international institution, indicate its evolving role in global politics. World Policy Journal editorial assistant Natasha Bluth interviews Andrew Chater about what U.S. and Canadian news coverage reveals about the Council's efforts to raise the profile of its work.

The Use of Mimosa as a Source of Renewable Green Energy

Nigeria's unreliable electric power supply and reliance on traditional sources of energy, like firewood, is not sustainable. Justus Nwaoga explains how using a medicinal plant, the mimosa weed, to make solar panels could provide a renewable energy source for markets across Africa.

Protecting the Right to Abortion in Ukraine

Last month, a proposal to criminalize abortions was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament. While the right to abortion remains protected by the state in Ukraine, Kateryna Ruban cites current trends in the U.S. to demonstrate how easily scientific research and history can be undercut by strong political emotions.

Youth Unemployment is Unsolvable Without Addressing 'Waithood'

As traditional rites of passage diminish, youth across Africa can find it increasingly difficult to fully transition into adulthood. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell discuss the ways social entrepreneurs are encouraging intergenerational bonds to help young people overcome this period of "waithood."

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 28th

We explore the role of the media in driving xenophobia, from anti-migrant rhetoric in Europe to violence fueled by the press in Kenya and South Africa, in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Cas Mudde on Western Populism

There is an ongoing struggle between retaining the key values of democracy and protecting society from the spread of extremism. World Policy Journal spoke with Cas Mudde, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, about the wave of populism in Europe.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 117: "How the Left Can Right Itself"

After the first round of presidential voting in France, the leader of the right-wing National Front, Marine Le Pen, finished a close second to centrist candidate Emanuel Macron. In this week’s episode, provost and political science professor Terri E. Givens discusses the right-wing revival in Europe and the U.S. and offers ways for progressive parties to fight back.

Robot Capitalism

Automation has been gradually replacing industrial workers, especially with globalization ensuring that innovations quickly spread around the world. James H. Nolt examines the history of automation and how market economies should adapt to minimize job loss.

The Media’s Role in Stoking Xenophobia

In our spring 2017 Fascism Rising issue, World Policy Journal asked: What role does the media play in driving xenophobia? Communications scholar Matt Mogekwu argues that reporters can exacerbate hatred when they emphasize the socio-economic status and cultural identity of their subjects.

A Place for Non-Arctic Actors in the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council has gained worldwide recognition, but the role of non-Arctic actors in the Council's policymaking and governance is not always clear. World Policy Institute fellow Erica Dingman speaks with Jennifer Spence, who outlines the challenges faced by non-Arctic participants and their points of entry to the Council.

Czechs Struggle to Sort Facts From Fears Over Russian Influence

Many Czechs have a deep-seated mistrust of Russia, with the 1968 Soviet invasion holding a central place in national memory. Amy Mackinnon considers whether concerns about renewed Russian meddling through propaganda and intelligence operations have been overstated.

Trump's UNFPA Aid Cuts Will Deepen Poverty

President Trump announced earlier this month that he would cut U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which distributes aid to organizations that provide reproductive health services. Ariong Moses argues the cuts could trigger a population boom in Africa, putting pressure on the continent's resources and threatening stability.

Tyrants Do Better in Democracies

In the spring issue of World Policy Journal, Fascism Rising, we asked experts from around the world about the media's role in driving xenophobia. Kunda Dixit analyzes how tyrants take control of democratic regimes and journalists' role in fighting back against divisive rhetoric.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 21st

We showcase analysis of Venezuela's humanitarian crisis and photographs of protests in Caracas in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 116: "VietSubs"

Earlier this year, Vietnam purchased its sixth Russian-built submarine amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, Sarosh Bana, executive editor of Business India in Mumbai, discusses the implications of Vietnam's increased military capabilities for stability in the region.



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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