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From Syria to Iraq: Federalize or Perish

Many Middle Eastern leaders resist federalism due to their opposition to power sharing and political change. Norman Ricklefs and Hadi Fathallah explain how federal systems in Iraq and Syria could promote economic development and give citizens a stake in government after the Islamic State is defeated.

Valdis Zatlers on Latvia, Russia, and the US

Tensions in the Baltic region have many concerned about a military confrontation. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with Valdis Zatlers, who served as president of Latvia from 2007 to 2011, to discuss his country’s relations with Russia and the United States.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 4th

From trade in Singapore to divisive politics in Israel, we round up the highlights of our Global Responses to the U.S. Election series before Tuesday's vote in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Fabrice Jaumont on Higher Education in Africa

Education is a critical element of development, but in universities’ quest for funding, the demands of donors can define institutional agendas. World Policy Journal spoke with Fabrice Jaumont about his book, Unequal Partners: American Foundations & Higher Education Development in Africa, which examines the role of American philanthropy in university education in sub-Saharan Africa.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 92: "Ethiopia's Original Sin"

The recent protests by members of the marginalized Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia have origins in the fight to expel Italian colonialists from the country in the late 19th century. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Mohammed Ademo, founding editor of, discusses why history books must be rewritten to properly recognize the Oromo people's contributions to Ethiopian independence, nationalism, and culture.

Inefficient Market Hypothesis

Textbook economics often fails to acknowledge the role of private power in markets. James H. Nolt breaks down the efficient market hypothesis and financial strategies like pump-and-dump schemes to demonstrate how investors manipulate the market.

Navigating Violent Waters of the Migrant Crisis

The documentary "Fire at Sea" follows the everyday experience of the migrant crisis on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Kristine Jordan explores the film's depiction of the shortcomings of official responses to incoming refugees and the responsibilities shouldered by Lampedusa locals.

Canada Embraces Free Trade and Globalization

While isolationism appears to be on the rise elsewhere, Canada recently signed a free trade deal with Europe and is set to begin exploratory trade talks with China. Lisa Thomson explains the importance of Canadian efforts to enhance trade relationships for both re-energizing the national economy and leveraging the country's influence on human rights policies.

Valentina Sovkina: Sami Politician and Culture Protector from the Kola Peninsula

The latest installment of Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series features Valentina Sovkina, chairperson of the Sami Parliament of the Kola Peninsula and director of Sami Radio. Jean François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan speak with Sovkina about life on the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia and the importance of safeguarding Sami language and traditions.

The Impacts of the US Election on China

As the United States anxiously anticipates results of the upcoming presidential election, so too does the rest of the world. Lia Isono examines the potential consequences of a Clinton or a Trump presidency for U.S.-Chinese relations.

“Cashgate” Exposed the Moral Deficit in Malawi

The theft of $32 million over six months by Malawian government officials was exposed in late 2013 in what became known as the Cashgate scandal. Rev. James Tengatenga argues that the case reveals less about a political or legal failure than it does about a culture of impunity and a moral deficit in Malawian society.

Honduras: The Battle to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders

Hundreds of female human rights defenders in Honduras have been threatened or murdered, and most of these cases are not investigated or prosecuted. Laura Carlsen discusses the need to end reprisals against these women and the ongoing battle for women's rights in the country.

Talking Policy: Matti Friedman on Israel's Unnamed War

The Israeli military spent 18 years in the security zone of southern Lebanon, yet the conflict doesn’t have a military ribbon, a monument, or even a name. World Policy Journal spoke with Matti Friedman, author of Pumpkinflowers, about the young soldiers who served on a remote hilltop in Lebanon and how the Israeli operation foreshadowed the wars of today.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 91: "When the Shooting Stops.."

As Colombia grapples with the legacy of its 50-year conflict with the FARC, examples from Argentina to South Africa offer lessons for moving forward from a violent past. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, human rights expert Robin Kirk of Duke University examines the strengths and weaknesses of transitional justice in redressing human rights abuses.

2016 Moroccan Elections: The Past Never Happened

Morocco's conservative Islamist Justice and Development Party was reelected earlier this month despite widespread agreement that the party had governed poorly over the past five years. Salma Refass argues that these results reveal the weakness of Morocco's party system and the resilience of its monarchy.

Initial Public Offerings

The claims of textbook economics about the fairness, efficiency, and stability of markets depend on trade occurring at equilibrium prices. James H. Nolt explains how underwriters of initial public offerings contribute to centralizing wealth by setting prices through negotiated deals.

America as the Constant Gardener in the Pacific

The task of managing the United States' relationship with China will fall to the next president. Tom Plate argues that U.S. policy in Asia should focus on more restricted diplomacy rather than attempting to shape the emerging regional order.

Impressions from Canada’s Senior Arctic Official

Canada's Arctic policy emphasizes both local knowledge and global partnerships. Six weeks into her new gig as Canada’s Senior Arctic Official, Alison LeClaire discusses engagement with the country's northern communities and international collaboration at the Arctic Council and beyond.

Lessons from Africa’s History of Jihad

Despite the popular perception that today's jihadist insurgencies are “clashes of civilization” founded on resistance to change, the history of Islam in Africa shows that belief to be largely incorrect. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos argues that movements of Islamic rebirth have been intricately tied to innovation, state-building, and the adjustment to modernity.

Has the EU Improved External Border Protection?

The European refugee crisis exposed the inadequacies of the continent's approach to managing migration. Solon Ardittis argues that recent moves to outsource EU border control to third countries are necessary evils that could enable dispassionate discussions about a comprehensive policy.

Crimea is Becoming a Russian Money Pit

Despite an economic recession, the Russian government decided to build a $4.5 billion bridge connecting the mainland to Crimea. Sheril Retson explains that the Kremlin's latest effort to tap into Russian nationalism will not revive Crimea's lagging tourist sector or improve the daily lives of its residents.

Leadership Beyond Political Labels

The bipartisan Keynesian consensus from the 1940s through the 1970s emphasized the government's role in managing private interests. James H. Nolt explores the subsequent shift toward market fundamentalism and the failure of political leadership to adequately regulate private power.

Talking Policy: Paul McNally on Corruption in South Africa

Drug dealing is a fact of life on Ontdekkers Road in Johannesburg. World Policy Journal spoke with journalist Paul McNally to discuss the release of his book, The Street, and corruption and crime in South Africa's largest city.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 90: "The Citizen and the State"

Several authoritarian states in the Middle East fail to listen to the demands of their citizens. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, Beirut-based journalist Rami Khouri explains why governments continue to breach their social contracts five years after the Arab Spring uprisings.

Human Trafficking and the Haunting Legacy of Military Sexual Slavery

Survivors of sexual slavery often struggle for years to get reparations and recognition. Stella Oh examines the damaging legacy of the comfort system implemented by the Japanese army during World War II and urges for shared global responsibility to combat human trafficking.
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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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