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To Ensure Food Security, Keep Soils Healthy

Soil degradation across the world has contributed to climate change, malnutrition, and poverty. Esther Ngumbi argues that national governments, NGOs, and research institutions need to step up to protect healthy soil and restore agricultural land.

The Explainable Rise of Czech Fake News

Radek Koten, a Czech far-right politician with a penchant for fake news, has gained national power. Michael Colborne describes how the country's toxic political climate has allowed figures like Koten to rise.

Talking Policy: Sandra Tabares-Duque on Forced Sterilization in Peru

An interactive documentary compiled by the Quipu Project shares the testimonies of women and men who were forcibly sterilized by the Peruvian government in the 1990s. World Policy Journal spoke with Sandra Tabares-Duque, a producer for the project, about the government policy that left hundreds of thousands of people calling for justice.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 149: "Turkey's Imperiled Press"

As Erdoğan's Turkey becomes increasingly polarized and intolerant of political opposition, a 1943 novel by Sabahattin Ali demonstrates how literature can introduce dissident themes in ways newspapers cannot. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, president of English PEN Maureen Freely discusses the state of Turkish media culture today.

Venezuela’s Slide into Dictatorship

Venezuela will hold municipal elections this weekend, but recent harassment and detention of opposition mayors suggest the vote will do little to quell international concern about the situation in the country. Tamara Taraciuk Broner warns that, without increased pressure from foreign governments, the damage done to Venezuela’s democratic institutions may become irreparable.

The Unique Legal Status of an Arctic Archipelago

The ambiguous legal status of Svalbard, an archipelago in the Barents Sea, has led to disputes among Norway, Russia, and the EU. Morgane Fert-Malka and Troy Bouffard discuss the potential for escalating tension in the Arctic, a region otherwise known for international cooperation and innovative governance.

The Russian Offensive in Syria You Haven’t Heard About

Russian radio stations and television have become many Syrians' news source of choice. As Moscow continues its military intervention to support President Bashar Assad, Coda Story describes how the Kremlin's media campaign is winning over Syrian hearts and minds.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of December 1st

In this week’s newsletter, we look at how migration policies that divide and deport families are denying support to those who need it most. Click through and subscribe today.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 148: "Responsible Paternity"

Trends in Latin America's marriage rates, and rates of children born outside of marriage, often reflect changes in laws that create economic incentives—or disincentives—for certain family structures. This week on World Policy On Air, Barnard College professor Nara Milanich discusses how 21st-century "responsible paternity" laws serve the agendas of neoliberal states more than the low-income, unmarried mothers they were intended to help.

Talking Policy: Okechukwu Enelamah on Global Economics in the Trump Era

As nations like China invest in African infrastructure, the Trump administration has done little to boost engagement with the continent. World Policy Journal spoke with Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria's Minister of industry, trade, and investment, about Abuja's plans for global economic partnerships.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 147: "Rape and Power in Nicaragua"

Nicaragua ranks fourth in the world for most reported incidents of rape, and this problem originates in the highest echelons of power. This week on World Policy On Air, journalist Ian Bateson talks about rape and power, and why the country’s laws are failing Nicaraguan women.

Smart Slums, Smarter Cities

As climate change continues to affect weather patterns, floods are becoming a regular phenomenon in many African cities. Carl Manlan discusses how community-focused urban design can prevent extreme weather from destroying local economies.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 146: "Past Corruption Haunts Tunisia"

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is the only state where a protest movement gave way to a democratic transition. This week on World Policy On Air, Amna Guellali of Human Rights Watch discusses how Tunisia's past corruption and authoritarianism are haunting the fledgling democracy.

Talking Policy: Zakia Soman on Muslim Women in India

Triple talaq, or instant divorce, was recently banned in an Indian Supreme Court ruling. World Policy Journal spoke with Zakia Soman, the co-founder of a women's collective that campaigned against the practice, about issues facing Muslim women in India today.

The Social Roots of the New Drug Scare in Budapest

Illegal drug use has been spreading rapidly in Budapest, spurring a rise in police raids and arrests. Peter Sarosi describes the inadequate services, unemployment, social exclusion, and racism behind Hungary's drug boom.

絆に縛られる 安倍政権下日本の親密な関係における暴力

This article has been translated from English. 安倍政権下で強化される保守的家族観と新自由主義秩序によって、女性はどのような犠牲を強いられているか?

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 10th

From the Pakistani Taliban's attempts to attract female recruits to a proposed law in Japan that privileges the family unit over the individual, we explore how the concept of family is being reasserted and redefined in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Mark Kenneth Woods on the Inuit LGBTQ2 Movement

Colonization and religious mission in the Canadian Arctic shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality, gender, and family structure, but now members of a younger generation are reasserting their LGBTQ identities. World Policy Journal spoke with filmmaker, actor, and activist Mark Kenneth Woods about the contemporary Inuit LGBTQ2 rights movement.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 145: "How Likely is Trade War?"

President Trump railed against China on the campaign trail, citing unfair trade practices, but as he meets with Xi Jinping many speculate that Trump will reconsider plans to limit Chinese imports. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy fellow James H. Nolt argues that the conventional wisdom is wrong and a trade war is far more likely than many believe.

Power Dynamics of a U.S.-China Trade War

Facing political challenges at home, President Trump continues his Asia trip with a visit to China, a nation he painted as an enemy on the campaign trail. James H. Nolt explains why Trump is unlikely to drop his talk about trade imbalances, given the domestic factors pushing the two nations toward economic conflict.

Circumnavigating the Globe to Confront Climate Change

Dario Schwörer has walked, bicycled, and sailed around the world, collecting and spreading knowledge about the effects of climate change. Erica Dingman spoke with Schwörer about his visits to Canada’s indigenous communities, where the environmental and cultural implications of tourism and development remain a topic of debate.

The Kremlin’s 1917 Revolution Problem

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the October revolution, which ushered in the Soviet era, a high point of Moscow's global influence. Amie Ferris-Rotman describes how the Kremlin's determination to silence dissent has caused it to approach the commemoration with caution.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 3rd

From Spain to Kenya, we explore how voters' choices can change the course of social movements in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Talking Policy: Maureen Freely on the State of Turkish Media

As President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intensifies his crackdown on Turkey’s press, Madonna in a Fur Coat, a 1943 novel by dissident political writer Sabahattin Ali, has returned to bestseller lists. World Policy Journal spoke with Maureen Freely, who translated Ali’s work to English, about why this book resonates so strongly with readers today.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 144: "Arms & Alliances in East Asia"

The specter of nuclear conflict has been hanging over the Korean peninsula for some time, but recent inflammatory rhetoric has brought heightened urgency to the situation. This week on World Policy On Air, World Policy fellow Jonathan Cristol discusses the future of security cooperation in East Asia.



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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