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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

From women in China to indigenous communities in Russia, we highlight activism and social movements in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

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.

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.



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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