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Fighting the Superbug

Last month, the U.N. General Assembly convened a high-level meeting to address antimicrobial resistance. Kirsi Goldynia examines the dangers of these “superbugs” and outlines steps for combating them.

Mapping Arctic Networks

Participants at this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly have realized that the region is being increasingly connected to the global economy. Erica Dingman maps out the trade, renewable energy, and transit networks linking the Arctic with markets across the Northern Hemisphere.

Afro Descendants and Indigenous Defend Historic Peace Agreement

Colombians rejected the peace agreement between the government and the FARC by a margin of less than 1 percent, but the majority of zones inhabited by indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombians voted in favor the deal. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli explores the advocacy efforts of both groups and the need to include ethnic minority rights in further peace discussions.

Finding New Consensus in Colombia

The vote against the Colombian government's peace agreement with the FARC revealed deep polarization in the country. Cristina Bustillo applauds the state's respect for democratic processes, arguing that the next step must be to reach consensus on a new deal.

Ambassador Frank Wisner on US Foreign Policy

A lot has changed in U.S. foreign policy since Ambassador Frank Wisner, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and State for International Security, began working in the Foreign Service Office in 1961. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman sat down with Wisner to discuss lessons from the Cold War era, the refugee crisis, and the future of U.S. engagement in Asia and the Middle East.

Hacked Emails Link Turkish Minister to Illicit Oil

Emails released by Turkish hacker group RedHack show links between Berat Albayrak, son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and oil controlled by the Islamic State. Ahmet S. Yayla explains how this evidence appears to support Russian claims about government involvement in illegal oil transfer.

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Artist and world traveler Malala Andrialavidrazana examines globalization and cross-cultural productions. Figures, her latest collection, uses photomontage to disorient borders and bring together unlikely worlds, questioning notions of exploration, ownership, and the circulation of knowledge.

Remembering the Pacific War

The United States has had tense relationships with East Asian states at various points in history. Tying the Pacific War to the present, Graham Clark compares U.S.-Japanese relations in the interwar years to today's tensions with China over maritime boundaries and freedom of trade.

Reclaiming Our Right to Self-Determination in Post-Umbrella Hong Kong

Hong Kong's transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region was decided behind closed doors without the input of Hong Kongers. Joshua Wong, the student leader of 2014's Umbrella Movement, writes with Jeffrey Ngo about regaining the right to self-determination.

Talking Policy: Yonatan Mendel on Israeli Identity

The relationship between Israeli and Arab-Palestinian cultures during the creation of the Israeli state affected modern notions of national identity. World Policy Journal spoke with author Yonatan Mendel to discuss this theme, which he explores in his new book, From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self.

Hillary Clinton and the Implications for Australia

Although Australians view Hillary Clinton as a predictable and safe alternative to Donald Trump, some of her current foreign policy positions do not align with the country's interests. Michael Clarke and Anthony Ricketts argue that Clinton’s approach to trade and security in Asia marks a retreat from the United States' leadership role.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 89: "Kill the Indian, Save the Man"

For more than 100 years, Canada’s Indian Residential Schools separated indigenous children from their families in an effort to eradicate their culture and language. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman explores the painful history and legacy of these schools and similar institutions across the globe.

The Rectification of Names

Precise and defined language is necessary for consumers and investors alike to make informed decisions. James H. Nolt discusses how the models and terms of mainstream economics are based on assumptions that lack empirical evidence.

Donald Trump and the Implications for Australia

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has given Australia reason for concern. Michael Clarke and Anthony Ricketts argue that, if elected, Trump’s unpredictable and unconventional approach to foreign policy could undermine Australia’s security.

Climate Change, Energy Security, and the Arctic Under the Obama Presidency

President Barack Obama has committed in his second term to fight climate change while also embracing expanded domestic fossil fuel extraction. Wilfrid Greaves examines the paradox of Obama's record on environmental and energy security as it relates to the Arctic.

What Canada Can Do to Help Resolve the Burundi Crisis

Burundi has been in political turmoil for over a year, with hundreds of citizens murdered and over 300,000 now refugees. As countries like Canada consider how to respond, Amilcar Ryumeko outlines concrete steps for the international community to take before the human rights situation gets worse.

Why Was a Western European Man Selected for Secretary-General?

On Oct. 5, it was announced that the next U.N. secretary-general would be former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres—a surprising choice given that the role was predicted to be filled by an Eastern European woman. World Policy Institute's Jonathan Cristol explains why the Security Council broke with tradition to select Guterres.

No Peace Comes from the Barrel of a Gun

The U.S. often presents itself as a protector of human rights around the world. Yifat Susskind encourages American policymakers to support grass-roots peace building efforts instead of military intervention.

Hope for Uganda's HIV-Infected Children

Uganda has made great strides in the provision of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Phoebe Kajubi examines the government's response to the health crisis and the impact of antiretroviral treatment programs for HIV-infected children.

United Kingdom: Child Refugees

Many British citizens have objected to accepting Syrian child refugees on the grounds that family reunification could bring overwhelming social burdens and potential terrorists. Drawing upon lessons from the Kindertransport initiative during World War II, Lucy Rodrick argues that the post-Brexit U.K. must work with the international community to help children in desperate need.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 7th

From TPP to KORUS, we address a host of issues surrounding trade relations between the U.S. and Korea in the latest World Policy newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Daniella Zalcman on Documenting Western Colonization

Many members of Canada's indigenous population were subjected to assimilation education as children in Indian Residential Schools. World Policy Journal spoke with photojournalist Daniella Zalcman about how she captures the remnants of colonial forces in portraits of former students.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 88: Theater of War

The ancient Greek tragedy Philoctetes by Sophocles tells the story of a wounded soldier left behind by his comrades. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, director of the “Theater of War” series Bryan Doerries explains how performances like Philoctetes can provide a forum for veterans of all ranks to listen to each other and share their struggles.

Why am I Such a Contrarian?

Textbook economics doesn't take into account heterodox perspectives, and most rival schools of thought leave out concepts key to understanding today's markets. James H. Nolt explains his contrarian views on credit lending and the role of private power in the economy.

Trade Matters: The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and TPP

World Policy Institute hosted a panel discussion last week about the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Kirsi Goldynia details the speakers' arguments regarding both deals' economic advantages and potential to foster political unity.
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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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