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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.

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has issued restrictions on Russian-owned social networks and websites, reportedly in an effort to fight Kremlin-directed hacking and propaganda. Isobel Koshiw explains why censorship is unlikely to accomplish these aims, as well as how the ban is already hurting citizens and businesses.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 121: "Israel: States v. Rights"

President Trump’s recent visit to the Middle East (“and Israel”) has been met with international controversy, but some in the diplomatic community argue that his inconsistent approach to regional policy could be just what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Sari Bashi of Human Rights Watch about how Trump has been received on both sides of the issue.

Made in Bulgaria: Pro-Russian Propaganda

Pro-Russian propaganda is on the rise in Bulgaria, but it's typically produced by Bulgarians rather than directed by the Kremlin. Michael Colborne investigates the ways these articles and social media posts serve local political interests by targeting pro-EU and pro-NATO factions.

The Arctic Council and the Barents Region: Mutually Reinforcing Partners

In addition to the Arctic Council, several institutions in the Barents Euro-Arctic region work on issues related to the environment and sustainable development in the European north. Joël Plouffe, managing editor of Arctic Yearbook, interviews Floridan Vidal, who considers the contributions of Euro-Arctic organizations to promoting regional cooperation despite geopolitical tensions.

Education in Kenya Needs Faster Reform

Nearly 2 million Kenyan children attend private, community, and faith schools that operate outside the formal regulatory structure. Chris Wamalwa, a member of Kenya's National Assembly, explains why registering these informal schools is critical to improving education access in under-served communities.

Arctic Council Chairmanship Handover Signals Unwavering Diplomacy

On May 11, officials from across the Arctic gathered to mark the handover of Arctic Council leadership from the United States to Finland. Erica M. Dingman notes how even amid geopolitical tensions between Arctic states, the international forum has remained a space for diplomacy and cooperation on critical regional issues.

Talking Policy: Raúl Gallegos on Venezuelans' Relationship with Oil

Oil has continued to warp the Venezuelan economy since the first reserve was discovered in 1914, as the government spends massive amounts of oil revenues without saving for the future. World Policy Journal spoke with former Caracas-based correspondent Raúl Gallegos about Venezuelans' relationship with the government and with oil over the past century, as well as how these dynamics are playing out during the country's current political crisis.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 120: "Another Korean War"

Just days after President Donald Trump said he’d be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “under the right circumstances,” the country conducted yet another ballistic missile test off its western coast. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute senior fellow James H. Nolt discusses the potential for military escalation on the Korean peninsula.

Russia Used a Two-Year-Old Video and an ‘Alternative’ Swedish Group to Discredit Reports of Syria Gas Attack

Following President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people and the subsequent U.S. military strike, the Kremlin has issued a long-winded stream of contradictory theories to protect its Syrian ally. Katerina Patin investigates the latest disinformation campaign, which uses a two-year-old video to question the veracity of last month's incident.

Pragmatic Environmentalism in the Russian Arctic

Industrial development during Soviet times has left Russia's Arctic region with acute environmental problems. Speaking with two experts from Saint Petersburg State University, Morgane Fert-Malka explains that while Russian environmental laws are often comprehensive, the legislative process is driven by immediate needs and short-term solutions.

A Universal African Basic Income

Guaranteeing basic income in Africa would provide a safety net and kick-start young people's participation in the economy. Carl Manlan argues an African-funded universal basic income program should be paired with industrialization and tax reforms to boost the continent's prosperity.

Bearing Witness to Climate Change

Glaciers are rapidly disappearing in the Arctic. To document the dramatic pace of ecological change in the region, painter and photographer Diane Burko shares images and anecdotes from her new book, Bearing Witness to Climate Change.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 12th

We explore the implications of the French presidential election, from the challenges ahead for Macron's En Marche! to the movement of the far-right National Front into the mainstream, in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Swanee Hunt on Inclusive Security

While news of the Rwandan genocide reached all corners of the globe, the nation’s recovery and the key role of women are less often featured in the media. World Policy Journal spoke with Ambassador Swanee Hunt about the importance of including women in peace processes and her lifelong dedication to empowering women activists and policymakers.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 119: “The Left Restored Is Mightier Than Le Pen”

France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen conceded defeat on Sunday to Emmanuel Macron, an independent, moderate candidate. In this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, we talk with Paris-based writer Cole Stangler about the results of the French presidential election and the future of the nation’s political parties, both left and right.

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

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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.



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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