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World Policy On Air, Ep. 115: "Muslim in America"

The idea that Muslim women are more oppressed than women of other religions is a common belief in the U.S. today, but this wasn't the case 20 years ago. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with Dr. Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian-born author and the first appointed professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School.

Power in Capitalism

Textbook economics and political science view the state as the only holder of true power in society. James H. Nolt argues instead that the private sector is a source of power in capitalist systems, even if business people don't always flaunt their influence.

The Islamic State’s Growing Influence in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities finally acknowledged the Islamic State's presence in the country last September, following a string of deadly attacks. Syed Arfeen tracks the group's expansion in Pakistan and explains how educated, urban youth are succumbing to extremism and militancy.

How the Arctic Council Sets the Tone for International Cooperation

Because the Arctic Council lacks legal authority, it is often seen as politically ineffective. Arctic Yearbook managing editor Joël Plouffe interviews Camille Escudé about how the Council has made progress in setting norms that influence the behavior of Arctic states.

When Words Were Warrants

In our spring 2017 Fascism Rising issue, World Policy Journal asked: What role does the media play in driving xenophobia? Drawing on Europe's World War II history, Jean-Yves Camus outlines how abusive rhetoric in the press can fuel resentment toward minority groups.

A Hunger for Violence

In the spring issue of World Policy Journal, Fascism Rising, we asked experts from around the world about the media's role in driving xenophobia. Mwaura Samora describes the press' role in fueling violence in Kenya and South Africa, emphasizing the duty of journalists to report in a manner that will cause more good than harm.

Engaging Our Microbe Allies in the Battle Against the Fall Armyworm in Africa

The fall armyworm is an invasive pest that is decimating crop fields and threatening food security across Africa. Entomologist and researcher Esther Ngumbi outlines possible solutions, including the use of beneficial soil microbes to contain the spread of the harmful insect.

Female Peacekeepers Fight Militants and Prejudice in Somalia

The number of women joining Somalia's military and police forces is rising. Christina Goldbaum speaks with female peacekeepers who are both fighting on the front lines and changing perceptions about gender rooted in extremist ideology.

Why Has Russia’s Propaganda Machine Set its Sights on Belarus?

Is the Kremlin repeating the tactics it has used in Ukraine in Belarus, a regional ally? Amy Mackinnon reports on how Russian state-owned media is infiltrating Belarusian TV in an effort to curb rising nationalism—and how Minsk is fighting back.

Talking Policy: Izabella Teixeira on International Sustainable Development

Climate change, pollution, and economic and social inequality are becoming increasingly prominent issues at the international level. World Policy Journal spoke with Izabella Teixeira, the minister of the environment for Brazil from 2010-2016, about how discussions of sustainable development have evolved in recent years.

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.



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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