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Giants Awaken: Gambia's Civil Society Revives Its Role

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down on Jan. 21 after days of protests and Adama Barrow's swearing-in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. Sanna Camara analyzes the role that civil society played in this political crisis, celebrating the re-emergence of citizens' voices in public debate.

Argentina’s Culture of Fraud: No Easy Escape

In Argentina, weak judicial and legislative institutions reduce the likelihood that illicit activities will be detected and punished. Eduardo Singerman provides a detailed analysis of how companies and government officials are incentivized to participate in a crooked system, resulting in higher and higher levels of corruption.

Hungary: Navigating Sex-Work Regulations

In the winter 2016/2017 issue of World Policy Journal, we asked a panel of experts from around the globe a single question: What do sex workers need to better control their working conditions? Boglárka Fedorkó explains that despite legalization of sex work in Hungary, punitive regulations and a tense relationship with law enforcement threaten sex workers' safety and health.

Canada: Sex Workers Need Decriminalization

The question we asked experts from around the globe in our winter 2016/2017 World Policy Interrupted issue is: What do sex workers need to better control their working conditions? Brenda Belak contends that to better protect the rights of sex workers, governments should implement full decriminalization—not legalization or partial criminalization—of sex work.

Talking Policy: Nina Khrushcheva on the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin has drawn the attention of the media for months. World Policy Journal spoke with World Policy fellow Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and a Russian expert at the New School, to talk about the state of U.S.-Russian affairs.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 104: "Islands Apart"

Protests in Egypt against government plans to cede two uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia are indicative of increasingly strained relations between the two nations. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, Cairo-based journalist Sarah El Sirgany explores divergent Egyptian and Saudi approaches to Islamic extremism, foreign aid, oil, and Israel.

When the Reality Show Becomes Reality

Donald Trump's presidential victory stunned the world and left many asking, "How could this happen?" Dino offers a cartoonist's perspective on how the unlikely candidate managed to succeed and how art has the potential to effect change.

Rule of Law

The U.S. and U.K. played important parts in founding the liberal international order, but have recently begun turning away from an increasing globalized world. James H. Nolt argues both countries' economic nationalist policies are eroding the rule of law and alienating business internationalists.

Kenya: Abolish Criminal Laws Related to Sex Work

For our winter 2016/2017 issue, World Policy Interrupted, World Policy Journal asked experts from around the world how sex workers can better control their working conditions. Caroline Kemunto, a sex worker and activist in Kenya, argues that the decriminalization of sex work ensures the protection of human and health rights.

Daryana Maximova: Native Yakutian and Researcher

For the latest interview in Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Karina Kesserwan speaks with Daryana Maximova, a researcher from Yakutia, Russia, the coldest region in the world. Maximova discusses her homeland and the importance of including indigenous voices in Arctic policymaking.

Listen to Sex Workers

In this winter's all-women's issue of World Policy Journal, we asked experts from around the globe about how sex workers can better control their working conditions. Ruth Messinger argues that government officials should improve communication with sex workers in order to develop well-informed policies.

The Slow Repatriation Process of Somali Refugees in Dadaab

For over 20 years, Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp has been a home to Somalis fleeing drought and armed conflict. Though the Kenyan government has committed to closing Dadaab, Andrew Maina writes that the process of voluntary repatriation will be slow and complicated due to problems with infrastructure, rule of law, and weather conditions in Somalia.

The Disfavored

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attempting to temper criticism of her “open arms” migration policy by accelerating the deportation process and deeming all Balkan states safe for the return of failed asylum-seekers. Dan McLaughlin argues this disproportionately affects ethnic Roma from the Balkans, who face crippling discrimination and limited job opportunities in their countries of origin.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of January 20th

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The Worldwide Populist Tide and Our Collective Shadow

From Poland to the Philippines, there has been a surge of democratically elected men riding on waves of populism and discontent with the existing political system. Nadine Kreisberger argues that mounting fear and frustration in these countries have drawn many people to strongmen who promise order and security.

Talking Policy: Elmira Bayrasli on Turkey’s Foreign and Domestic Conflicts

With the consolidation of President Erdoğan’s power and a failed coup attempt last July, Turkey is once again in the media spotlight. World Policy Journal sat down with Elmira Bayrasli, guest co-editor of our all-women winter 2016/2017 issue and a World Policy Institute fellow, to talk about the complexities behind Turkey’s ongoing conflicts.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 103: The Common Good

Despite its prevalence around the world, capitalism has many pitfalls — from economic inequality and environmental degradation to inhumane living and working conditions in the quest for higher profits. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, author Christian Felber talks about his new book, "Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good" and the need for a shift in law and values to benefit all.

"Nos Queremos Vivas": Acabar con el Feminicidio en Juárez, México

El 24 de abril de 2016, miles de mujeres y niñas marcharon por las calles de la Ciudad de México para protestar en contra de la violencia de género. En nuestra última edición, la fotoperiodista Alice Driver investiga sobre el tema del feminicidio en Juárez, México para mejor entender "Nos queremos vivas", el grito de una generación de mujeres.

Not Our Sons

Gadi Eizenkot, chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, created a stir by saying Elor Azaria, a soldier who stood trial for shooting a neutralized Palestinian terrorist, was not "the son of all of us." Omri Bezalel discusses the origins of this slogan and how the mentality behind it elicits emotional public responses at the expense of rational government decision making.

Books for Learning Political Economy

James H. Nolt offers his must-read list for students interested in learning more about political economy. Read on to discover books that effectively detail the ways private business power is exercised.

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Past Is No Longer Prelude

Donald Trump sees himself as a transformational leader who will not only “make America great again,” but will also bend other nations and the forces of history to his will. From climate policy to North Korea, Michael A. Genovese examines how the president-elect is likely to change U.S. foreign policy.

Russia's Arctic: Soft and Hard Power Go Hand in Hand

To Russians, the Arctic can be seen as a site of economic opportunity and a region that redefines national identity. Morgane Fert-Malka spoke to Alexander Sergunin, professor at St. Petersburg State University, about Russia's unique role in development and diplomacy in the Arctic.

Technological and Digital Transformation Should Top the New UN Secretary-General’s Agenda

António Guterres is the first U.N. secretary-general with a background in science and engineering. Anja Kaspersen and Wendell Wallach urge Guterres to help the organization more effectively address the transformative and disruptive impact of technology on peace and security.

Murder in St. Petersburg: How Disinformation Killed a Journalist

In April 2016, journalist Dmitry Tsilikin was murdered for being gay. Amy MacKinnon outlines how vigilantes emboldened by the Kremlin’s passage of an “anti-gay” law in 2013 are targeting Russia's LGBTQ community.

In the Crosshairs of the Islamic State, Jordan Could be Vulnerable

Islamic State militants killed 14 people at Jordan's Karak castle in late December, marking the country's fourth terrorist attack in 2016. Shehab Al Makahleh explains how Jordan, once a haven of stability and progress in a turbulent region, is becoming a more popular target for terrorism.
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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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