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World Policy On Air, Ep. 114: "Warehouse of Souls"

If President Trump follows the latest missile strikes in Syria with further U.S. military intervention, the escalation could drive even more refugees from the embattled country. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, journalist Tania Karas discusses the effects of the massive wave of migration to Greece, where thousands are trapped in makeshift housing.

Byzantine Bilateralism

Donald Trump has stated his preference for bilateral commercial talks over multilateral treaties such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, North American Free Trade Agreement, or even the European Union. James H. Nolt explains why the complexities of international trade could make the president's "America first" strategy unworkable.

Haawiyat: A Syrian Comic for Syrian Children

Nearly half of the almost 5 million Syrians living in refugee camps are children. Monica Rodriguez explores how the Syrian comic book Haawiyat and its U.S.-based artists seek to help these children cope with trauma and adapt to their new circumstances.

To Prepare Young People for 21st-Century Jobs, Design Classrooms Beyond Walls

Schools and social entrepreneurs in many African countries are organizing hands-on experiences where students apply classroom knowledge to solve community problems. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell outline the strategies and creative financing approaches behind these innovative educational opportunities.

Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Decision-Making in the Arctic Council

There are six permanent indigenous organizations with permanent status on the Arctic Council. Arctic Yearbook managing editor Heather Exner-Pirot interviewed Michaela Louise Coote on the participation of indigenous peoples in the Council, the importance of these voices for environmental decision-making, and how the system can be improved.

Lessons From Australia’s Energy Crisis

With the Hazelwood Power Station closing last week, Australia's energy debate has been kicked into overdrive. Craig Moran breaks down the country's efforts to build a reliable energy grid amid regional blackouts, soaring prices, and pressure to meet emissions reduction targets.

“My heart is always scared”: The Simmering Mental Health Crisis for Rape Victims in War

Support for victims of sexual violence is underfunded across the world, but the need for these mental health services is particularly acute in conflict and post-conflict zones. Skye Wheeler, a women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, analyzes the uphill battle to provide proper care for rape survivors.

Russian Propaganda Exploits Ethnic Tensions To Keep Macedonia Looking Inward, Not Westward

As the European Union and NATO try to strengthen relations with Balkan states, Russia is accused of using everything from disinformation to a coup attempt to destabilize the region. Dan McLaughlin discusses how Russia's strategy exploits ethnic divisions to stoke conflict in the ex-Yugoslav republics.

Colombia’s Peace Process Comes at a Price

A recent peace agreement ended Colombia's decades-long conflict with the FARC, but the country is now the world's top cocaine producer. Amanda Mattingly argues that to ensure long-term peace, both the U.S. and Colombia need to continue their robust counternarcotics strategy, put at risk by proposed budget cuts to the State Department.

Talking Policy: Carrie James on Youth and Online Civics

Although the internet has helped promote civic engagement, vitriol and divisive rhetoric can deter youth from participating in political discussions on social networks. World Policy Journal talks with Carrie James, author of Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, about how young people can be taught to facilitate constructive dialogue online.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 113: "Abortion in the Americas"

Tough abortion laws across the Americas and the Caribbean are threatening women’s lives and family stability. On this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, we discuss how these harsh policies exacerbate inequality and gender discrimination with Medellín-based journalist Angelika Albaladejo.

Principles of Political Economy, Part Two

The fragmentation of the social sciences has left disciplines such as political science and economics with gaps of understanding. As a continuation of last week's blog post, James H. Nolt delves deeper into what makes his form of political economy better able to understand certain social phenomena.

Cold Storage: Photographing the Abandoned Soviet Town Pyramiden

In 1998, the last coal was extracted from Pyramiden, a Soviet mining town about 800 miles from the North Pole—residents abandoned the town a few months later. Capturing the remnants of a town frozen in time, photojournalist Christopher Michel visited Pyramiden in 2016, an experience "both eerie and wonderful."

Serbia’s PM Vučić: Yet Another Populist Strongman?

Public desire for strong leadership might allow Serbia’s prime minister, Aleksandar Vučić, to become president. Justine Doody considers the possibility that Vučić will be able to steer the country through the current tide of regional and domestic tensions.

How Purpose and Holistic Health are Foundational for Youth Career Development

Youth unemployment is a stubborn scourge in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, where school systems often produce more test takers than critical thinkers. Reem Rahman and Lynsey Farrell explain how social innovators are seeking to close the gap in post-education unemployment by providing young people with purpose and holistic health.

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Russia's recent antagonism has worried many in Europe, and it has compelled Sweden to strengthen its ties with NATO. Dominic Hinde explores Swedes on both the left and the far right who believe the Swedish mainstream media is inaccurately portraying Russia as an enemy.

Talking Policy: Sophie Pinkham on Writing Post-Soviet Ukraine

More than three years after the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution that promised to cleanse a corrupt government and align the country more closely with Europe, Ukraine has seen little change. World Policy Journal spoke with Sophie Pinkham, author of Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine, on writing revolution and how to understand the various tensions at play in contemporary Ukraine.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 112: "All Else Follows"

“Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.” - George Orwell, 1984. Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, sales of the iconic, dystopian novel have jumped 9500 percent. In this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, we preview key components of the new Spring 2017 issue of World Policy Journal “Fascism Rising” with Editor Christopher Shay.

Principles of Political Economy

Classical economists often ignore certain variables and leave their assumptions unquestioned. For Polarizing Political Economy's 100th blog post, James. H Nolt discusses what distinguishes his views from those found in most economics textbooks.

Olympian responsibility: The IOC must not sacrifice ethics for profits

When Rio was selected as the 2016 Olympic city, the Brazilian government pledged to improve city conditions and thought it would boost the local economy, but today, these problems persist. With Rio in mind, Shaun Anderson argues that the International Olympic Committee should prioritize both ethics and profits as it considers Los Angeles and Paris in its decision for the 2024 games.

Russia's Blindfolded Arctic Policy

The Kremlin's militaristic and geopolitical intentions in the Arctic are under scrutiny by Western commentators and policymakers. But Morgane Fert-Malka argues the jingoistic rhetoric in Russia about the Arctic does not reflect the reality of Russian policymaking processes.

‘He Was the Love of My Life’: Why Women Marry Into Boko Haram

Since it began its military campaign against the Nigerian government in 2009, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of girls. Odharnait Ansbro talks with young women who joined the group voluntarily and considers the challenge of reintegration when they return to their communities.

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Poland recently terminated its contract with Belsat TV, the only uncensored channel in Belarus, which has broadcasted out of Warsaw for 10 years. Amy Mackinnon explains that this may not be welcome news to the Belarusian government, as the independent news source has countered Russian propaganda in ways state-controlled media dare not.

Talking Policy: Sheila Smith

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Tensions are high in East Asia with the recent election of Donald Trump, North Korea's continuing aggression, and China's assertive actions in the South China Sea. World Policy Journal spoke with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, about the challenges Japan faces both domestically and internationally.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 111: "Worst-Case Scenario"

With plans for a meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping next month still unconfirmed, Premier Li Keqiang stated that China hoped to avoid a trade war but pointed out the harm this outcome would cause to U.S. firms. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, New York University professor Ann Lee, author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China, discusses the future of relations between the two nations.



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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