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Profiting from Debt Crises

Stock market reactions to Donald Trump's election are worth paying attention to, as business interests are often better informed about future government policy than the media. James H. Nolt discusses how private actors will profit from a potential debt crisis triggered by Trump's proposed policies.

#FeesMustFall 2.0

Across South Africa, university students continue the Fees Must Fall movement, calling for the free education promised by the ruling African National Congress. Faith Kiarie discusses the ANC's lack of urgency to resolve this crisis and its growing disconnect with the country's youth.

WPJ Interactive: Globalizing the Arctic Economy

Since the 16th century, natural resources—both renewable and non-renewable—have drawn explorers and traders to the Arctic in search of commercial opportunities. In an interactive Prezi, Erica Dingman frames the long history of economic activity in the region, from the fur trade to airline travel.

The Orange and the Saffron: Why a Friendship Between Trump and Modi is Cause for Concern

Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election shocked much of the world, but some Hindu nationalists in India responded with elation. Kavitha Rajagopalan compares Trump’s political views with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, warning that an allegiance between the two leaders could feed into Islamophobia and violence against minorities.

Mainstream Politicians Flocking to the Trump-Brexit Tune

With the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU, policies that were once on the fringes of Western politics have entered the mainstream. Examining the repercussions of the Brexit decision, Jonathan Stubbs cautions that the stability of Europe hangs in the balance as politicians pander to nationalist movements.

Sweden: On Funding Repressive Regimes

For decades, Swedish programs have invested in repressive governments. Erik Jennische argues that while Sweden's stated mission is to promote democracy and human rights, there is little evidence to support the claim that this aid ends systemic violation of civil liberties.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 18th

From the global economic system to U.S.-Nigerian relations, we explore the implications of the American presidential election in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 94: Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic

As the effects of climate change pose new challenges in the Arctic, melting ice and warmer temperatures also present economic opportunities. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Inuuteq Holm Olsen, the first Greenland representative at the Danish embassy in Washington, explores the balance between an emerging tourism industry and natural resource extraction with sustainability.

"Bring Me the Ethiopian Jews"

Israel made massive efforts to bring Jewish Ethiopians to the country in the 1980s and 1990s, but did not successfully integrate them after they arrived. Omri Bezalel examines the consequences of that failure for younger generations of Ethiopian-Israelis who experience racial discrimination and can feel isolated from the rest of Israeli society.

The Sound System Scene in São Paulo Slums

The black community in São Paulo, Brazil has historically been denied access to the city, which has led to the development of the sound system scene in peripheral areas. Ezio Rosa argues that these music-filled gatherings have challenged perceptions of this “no man’s land.”

Trump: Debt or Taxes?

If he follows through on his “fair trade” campaign promises, Donald Trump will likely cut taxes by increasing tariffs or amassing debt through government borrowing. James H. Nolt explains how these protectionist policies could cause a recession rather than job growth and make the taxpaying public and the government worse off.

The U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship: Changes from One Administration to Another?

This January, the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship will be passed to Donald Trump's secretary of state appointee. David N. Biette argues that while some Arctic residents would welcome efforts to revamp infrastructure and increase oil and gas production, as Trump promised during his campaign, transforming Arctic policy is unlikely to be a high priority for the new administration.

Performing 'Ice Watch'

Policymakers and activists from around the world are convening in Morocco for the 2016 U.N. Climate Change Conference. World Policy Journal spoke with Anna Engberg-Pedersen about a dance performance in Paris at last year's summit and the role of art in addressing the complexities of global warming.

Where's the Starting Point? Kenya's Corruption Quagmire

Despite President Kenyatta's rhetoric condemning corruption, graft still pervades Kenya's political institutions. Isaac Otidi Amuke compares the Kenyan situation to the recent investigations of South Africa's office of the public protector, pointing to the capacity of independent state agencies to prosecute corrupt officials in the absence of political will at the top levels of government.

One Trump, Different Strokes

Donald Trump's presidential victory has already spread fear among Nigerians, who comprise 25 percent of African immigrants in the United States. Azu Ishiekwene compares the prospects for U.S.-Nigerian relations under a Trump administration to the policies of past American presidents.

Episode Haiti in São Paulo

The artist-led cultural platform Lanchonete sent photojournalist Pierre Michel Jean to investigate displaced Haitian communities in São Paulo, Brazil. Raphael Daibert describes how his photos capture the transformative effects migrants have on urban spaces and their desire to be recognized as citizens in the new city they call home.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 93: The "Unthinkable"

From TPP to NAFTA, President-elect Donald Trump’s stated positions on free trade will directly and negatively impact many of those who voted for him in Tuesday’s election. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, World Policy Institute fellow Jonathan Cristol assesses the implications of Trump’s policies for the global economic system.

The Sky Fell

It remains to be seen which of his policies, from NATO withdrawal to placing higher tariffs on Chinese goods, Donald Trump will implement after his inauguration. World Policy Institute's Jonathan Cristol argues this election marks the end of the post-World War II global order, explaining why Americans won’t be the only ones to pay the price if Trump fulfills his campaign promises.

Trump's Trade Wars

The protectionist policies President-elect Donald Trump espoused on the campaign trail are at odds with the free trade positions of many Republican politicians. James H. Nolt argues that if he follows through with his promises, Trump risks further dividing his party and spurring a global economic crisis.

The Arctic: A Region of Regions

When the Arctic Council was established 20 years ago, it prioritized the inclusion of permanent indigenous observers at the negotiating table. Jessica Shadian describes how decisions today are increasingly made by high-level state representatives while subnational groups seek a greater say in regional matters both within and beyond the Arctic Council.

Talking Policy: Christian Felber on an Economy for the Common Good

Although most economies are driven by the pursuit of money, financial incentives do not always promote the well-being of society. World Policy Journal spoke with Christian Felber, who speaks to this misalignment of priorities in his book, Change Everything: An Economy for the Common Good.

Africa Without Numbers: Mission Impossible

Data is power, and those who can access the numbers can create narratives to serve their own purposes. Carl Manlan discusses the power of reclaiming statistics from international donors so that African governments can more accurately assess their countries' needs and plan for economic development.

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!
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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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