Best Drupal HostingBest Joomla HostingBest Wordpress Hosting

World Policy Journal is proud to share our weekly podcast, World Policy On Air, featuring former Newsweek On Air host David Alpern with timely insights from global affairs analyst Michael Moran of, risk and geostrategy consultants. Click here to subscribe on iTunes!



Anonymous's picture
Good article but I want to

Good article but I want to respond to some of your comments regarding the history of Iran's claims to Bahrain. In the run up to the earliest treaty with Britain in 1820, between 1818-1820, one British agent wrote to Iran recognising their right of ownership of the islands and it is actually from this statement that Iran derived its 20th century claim on the islands. The Iranians also formally dropped their claim to the islands in 1970 in the run-up to independence. This was the guarantee necessary to ensure Bahrain's independence following the withdrawal of the British, and the Political Agent wrote in 1971 calling it the real cause for celebration in the country, not the declaration of independence. After formally dropping their claim, the Iranians have never pursued the consolidation of Bahrain as the '14th Province' as a matter of state policy. Of course, that doesn't account for statements made by the country's politicians and media that see Bahrain as a wayward province. Also want to note that at the time there was no King in Bahrain. Between 1783 and 1971, the head of state was the Haakim (literally, Ruler). Following independence in 1971 Hakim Isa changed his title to Emir Isa, and in 2002 his son Emir Hamad changed the title to King. In practice though, the changes in title don't really reflect any change in the traditional power of the head of state.
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. If you have a Gravatar account, used to display your avatar.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image. Ignore spaces and be careful about upper and lower case.


Around WPI

Jihad in Sub-Saharan Africa 

This paper, “Jihad in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenging the Narratives of the War on Terror,” examines the history of Islamic movements in Africa's Sahel region to contextualize current conflicts.

World Economic Roundtable with Vicente Fox 

In this World Economic Roundtable, former Mexican President Vicente Fox discusses his current quest to make his country a hub for technology. 

Intern at World Policy

Want to join our team? Looking for an experience at one of the most highly sought-after internships for ambitious students? Application details here.


Al Gore presides over Arctic Roundtable 

As the United States prepares to assume chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, this inaugural convening of the Arctic Deeply Roundtables launches a vital conversation for our times. 


When the Senate Worked for Us:
New book offers untold stories of how activist staffers countered corporate lobbies in the U.S.

MA in International Policy and Development
Middlebury Institute (Monterey, CA): Put theory into practice through client-based coursework. Apply by Feb. 1.

Millennium Project’s State of the Future 19.0: Collective Intelligence on the Future of the World


To learn about the latest in media, programming, and fellowship, subscribe to the World Policy Weekly Newsletter and read through our archives.

World Policy on Facebook