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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.

Talking Policy: Pippa Norris on Electoral Integrity

The Perceptions of Electoral Integrity index studies and compares the qualities and success rate of elections around the world. World Policy Journal speaks with Pippa Norris, who spearheaded the Electoral Integrity Project, about the importance electoral integrity in building democracy and what can be done to improve electoral practices.

Congressional Anarchy

Modern conservatives often emphasize protecting individual liberty against government intrusion, yet they overlook the threat of private power. James H. Nolt details the importance of a functioning checks and balances system to prevent private interests from influencing a powerful legislative branch.

A Dialogue on Nuclear Deterrence

Nuclear weapons are often credited with moderating warfare between great powers, as they make the cost of large-scale conflict unacceptably high. Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein of the U.S. Air Force spoke at the World Policy Institute about the United States’ nuclear deterrence program, emphasizing the need to maintain a modernized weapons system in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Trump Flips Policy on Syria

Earlier this month, the Syrian government attacked civilians with nerve gas, and the Trump administration responded by firing missiles at the Syrian air base that had held the weapons. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense William Beecher compares Trump's decision to the one Obama made nearly four years ago following another deadly chemical attack.

The Danger of the Unspoken

We asked experts from around the world to discuss the role of the media in driving xenophobia for the "Fascism Rising" issue of World Policy Journal. Anjan Sundaram argues that a free press guards against a single voice taking hold, as happened in 1994 Rwanda, where the media became a tool to breed loyalty to the government.

Youth Employment Imperative: Shifting from Youth Exploitation or Entitlement to Rewarding Meaningful Contributions

Employment programs that rely on unpaid, voluntary participation often struggle to keep young people engaged in their work. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell describe how social entrepreneurs across Africa are finding creative ways to offer compensation and opportunities for youth who invest their own time and money in volunteer programs.

Venezuela on Fire

Venezuela's economic collapse and political turmoil have led to a humanitarian disaster. Amanda Mattingly argues that regional leaders should provide assistance to the Venezuelan people and pressure Nicolás Maduro's administration to call for new elections.

Inuit, Capitalism, and Colonization: A Foreign Affair

Today, Inuit traditions are disappearing as modernization envelops indigenous communities. Inuit advocate and author Suzie Napayok-Short writes about the history of colonization in the North and the present need to balance economic imperatives and cultural preservation.

When Bad News is Good News

In the spring issue of World Policy Journal, we asked experts from around the world to discuss the media's role in driving xenophobia. Miyase Christensen examines the spread of xenophobic and racist values in Western news—and its roots in the event-based, sensationalist logic of mainstream media.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of April 14th

In our latest newsletter, we look back on World Policy Journal's role as story editors in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Olivia Newman on Liberalism

Facing threats from increasing authoritarianism and deep social polarization, liberalism faces an uncertain future. World Policy Journal spoke with Olivia Newman about her book, Liberalism in Practice: The Psychology and Pedagogy of Public Reason, and her prescription to fortify pluralistic liberal democracies.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 115: "Muslim in America"

The idea that Muslim women are more oppressed than women of other religions is a common belief in the U.S. today, but this wasn't the case 20 years ago. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Dr. Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian-born author and the first appointed professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School.

Power in Capitalism

Textbook economics and political science view the state as the only holder of true power in society. James H. Nolt argues instead that the private sector is a source of power in capitalist systems, even if business people don't always flaunt their influence.

The Islamic State’s Growing Influence in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities finally acknowledged the Islamic State's presence in the country last September, following a string of deadly attacks. Syed Arfeen tracks the group's expansion in Pakistan and explains how educated, urban youth are succumbing to extremism and militancy.

How the Arctic Council Sets the Tone for International Cooperation

Because the Arctic Council lacks legal authority, it is often seen as politically ineffective. Arctic Yearbook managing editor Joël Plouffe interviews Camille Escudé about how the Council has made progress in setting norms that influence the behavior of Arctic states.

When Words Were Warrants

In our spring 2017 Fascism Rising issue, World Policy Journal asked: What role does the media play in driving xenophobia? Drawing on Europe's World War II history, Jean-Yves Camus outlines how abusive rhetoric in the press can fuel resentment toward minority groups.

A Hunger for Violence

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. Mwaura Samora describes the press' role in fueling violence in Kenya and South Africa, emphasizing the duty of journalists to report in a manner that will cause more good than harm.

Engaging Our Microbe Allies in the Battle Against the Fall Armyworm in Africa

The fall armyworm is an invasive pest that is decimating crop fields and threatening food security across Africa. Entomologist and researcher Esther Ngumbi outlines possible solutions, including the use of beneficial soil microbes to contain the spread of the harmful insect.

Female Peacekeepers Fight Militants and Prejudice in Somalia

The number of women joining Somalia's military and police forces is rising. Christina Goldbaum speaks with female peacekeepers who are both fighting on the front lines and changing perceptions about gender rooted in extremist ideology.

Why Has Russia’s Propaganda Machine Set its Sights on Belarus?

Is the Kremlin repeating the tactics it has used in Ukraine in Belarus, a regional ally? Amy Mackinnon reports on how Russian state-owned media is infiltrating Belarusian TV in an effort to curb rising nationalism—and how Minsk is fighting back.

Talking Policy: Izabella Teixeira on International Sustainable Development

Climate change, pollution, and economic and social inequality are becoming increasingly prominent issues at the international level. World Policy Journal spoke with Izabella Teixeira, the minister of the environment for Brazil from 2010-2016, about how discussions of sustainable development have evolved in recent years.



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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