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World Policy Journal is the flagship quarterly magazine of the World Policy Institute, a center for thought leadership founded on the principle that many major challenges require a global approach. World Policy Institute and Journal focus on the crucial but neglected challenges and opportunities of an increasingly connected world. We stress a global perspective; innovative, transformative thinking; and diversity of ideas. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, and policy projects provide accessible, participatory channels for supporters, policy leaders and experts, and citizens to identify, debate, and develop constructive policy solutions. World Policy Journal’s lively, intelligent writing challenges conventional wisdom on global affairs. Four times a year, its pages confront under-reported issues, inject new ideas, overturn tired arguments, and offer provocative policy recommendations.

In June, when most media outlets maintained a laser focus on  the Singapore summit, South Korea was witnessing another h...
08/13/2018
South Korea's New Media - World Policy

In June, when most media outlets maintained a laser focus on the Singapore summit, South Korea was witnessing another historic moment: the country's largest-ever women's rights protest. Minsoo Bae examines how online outlets in South Korea are picking up the stories and social trends that are often left out of both national and international press coverage.

Online outlets are following the stories missing from traditional media coverage of the Korean peninsula

Centuries of Jewish immigration have shaped New York's Lower East Side. Today, reports Veronica Kim, even as gentrificat...
08/07/2018
History on the Menu - World Policy

Centuries of Jewish immigration have shaped New York's Lower East Side. Today, reports Veronica Kim, even as gentrification threatens small businesses, neighborhood eateries remain committed to carrying on the legacy of earlier generations.

As New York's Lower East Side changes, neighborhood eateries keep Jewish traditions alive

This spring, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration began discussing a plan to forcibly deport tens ...
08/02/2018
Talking Policy: Jean-Marc Liling on Asylum-Seekers in Israel - World Policy

This spring, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration began discussing a plan to forcibly deport tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers. World Policy Journal spoke to Jean-Marc Liling, an attorney and executive director of the Jerusalem-based Center for International Migration and Integration, about the experience of migrants as they navigate Israel’s asylum system.

Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers remain in a state of limbo as they await the Netanyahu administration's next move

Donald Trump's aggressive words about Iran are beginning to mirror statements he made about North Korea earlier this yea...
08/01/2018
Fire and Fury in Iran and North Korea - World Policy

Donald Trump's aggressive words about Iran are beginning to mirror statements he made about North Korea earlier this year. But as Ji Won Lim and Mashell Rahimzadeh explain, the U.S. president's tactics won't work the same way in Tehran as they did in Pyongyang.

As Trump turns up the heat in his statements about Iran, what are the prospects for nuclear negotiations?

The Bedouin have been systematically disenfranchised in desert regions across North Africa and the Middle East. Palestin...
07/23/2018
Talking Policy: Ahmad Amara on the Bedouin in Israel - World Policy

The Bedouin have been systematically disenfranchised in desert regions across North Africa and the Middle East. Palestinian human rights lawyer Ahmad Amara addresses this status of Bedouin communities in Israel in his recent book, "Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev," co-authored with Alexandre Kedar and Oren Yiftachel.

How property and land-rights laws are used to disenfranchise the Bedouin

"Although an immense abyss separates the revolt of the 60s from today’s protests, we are now witnessing a similar reap...
07/12/2018
Provocations | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"Although an immense abyss separates the revolt of the 60s from today’s protests, we are now witnessing a similar reappropriation of the energy of protest and revolt by the capitalist system." In our summer issue, Slavoj Žižek examines the legacies of 1968.

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK is a Hegelian philosopher and Communist political activist, working on the dialectical-materialist reading of German Idealism. His recent publications include Incontinence of the Void (MIT Press, 2017) and Reading Marx (with Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda, Polity Press, 2018).

"She didn’t know there was a thing called asylum. She just knew she had to go." Amelia Frank-Vitale profiles three you...
07/11/2018
Home in Honduras | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"She didn’t know there was a thing called asylum. She just knew she had to go."

Amelia Frank-Vitale profiles three young Hondurans who made the journey to the U.S., describing the circumstances that forced them to leave and what they encountered when they crossed the border.

AMELIA FRANK-VITALE is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Michigan. She studies Central American migration, deportation, and violence.

"History is littered with tales of the oversized ambitions of men. But to Kollontai, the early years of the Russian Revo...
07/10/2018
Crashing the Party | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"History is littered with tales of the oversized ambitions of men. But to Kollontai, the early years of the Russian Revolution offered an opportunity for men and women alike to pursue 'magnificent illusions, plans, ardent initiatives to improve life, [and] to organize the world anew.'” Kristen R. Ghodsee examines the legacy of feminist advocate Alexandra Kollontai.

KRISTEN R. GHODSEE is professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the lived experiences of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Dissent, Aeon, and the New Yo...

For decades, the work of Priya Ramrakha, one of the first contracted African photojournalists to work for Life and Time ...
07/09/2018
Snapshots of the 1960s - World Policy

For decades, the work of Priya Ramrakha, one of the first contracted African photojournalists to work for Life and Time magazines, was believed to be lost. Fifty years after his death, thanks to the efforts of Shravan Vidyarthi and Erin Haney, the public will finally be seeing his photographs.

Shravan Vidyarthi revisits the work of photojournalist Priya Ramrakha in the U.S. and across Africa

In the Philippines, thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, Facebook and Twitter employees sit in front of computer scre...
07/05/2018
Talking Policy: Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck on Moderating Social Media - World Policy

In the Philippines, thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, Facebook and Twitter employees sit in front of computer screens at data centers, filtering images and removing gruesome and shocking content. Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, creators of the documentary film "The Cleaners," explore this clandestine world and the questions it raises around online content moderation.

How transparent are the tech giants of Silicon Valley?

"Over her political career, Meloni has been able to slalom a fine line between stoking fear and national pride. She dabb...
07/05/2018
Femme Fascista | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"Over her political career, Meloni has been able to slalom a fine line between stoking fear and national pride. She dabbles in anti-Europe and anti-gay banter, which plays well to the 'Italy first' sentiments of her far-right constituency." Barbie Latza Nadeau examines the rise of fascist politician Giorgia Meloni to Italy's national stage.

BARBIE LATZA NADEAU is an American journalist and author based in Rome. Her latest book is Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs, and Guns on the Mafia Coast (Oneworld, 2018) about sex trafficking and organized crime, and she is the Rome bureau chief for The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor.

Amelia Frank-Vitale looks at the lives and circumstances of three former migrants who were deported back to Honduras fro...
07/04/2018
Home in Honduras | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

Amelia Frank-Vitale looks at the lives and circumstances of three former migrants who were deported back to Honduras from the United States.

AMELIA FRANK-VITALE is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Michigan. She studies Central American migration, deportation, and violence.

The award-winning cookbook EALLU features recipes from Arctic indigenous communities, which often include ingredients li...
07/03/2018
Thinking About Food - World Policy

The award-winning cookbook EALLU features recipes from Arctic indigenous communities, which often include ingredients like reindeer eyeballs, cheeks, and hooves. Kevin McGwin spoke with Issát Turi, a Sámi reindeer herder from Norway and a contributor to the book, who explains that the real significance of EALLU is in its role as an introduction to reindeer-herding cultures around the world—not as a lesson in how to make their food.

An award-winning cookbook delves into reindeer-herding culture in indigenous communities across the Arctic

After watching Venezuela's political and socioeconomic situation rapidly decline, filmmaker Margarita Cadenas, Venezuela...
07/03/2018
Talking Policy: Margarita Cadenas on Women in Venezuela - World Policy

After watching Venezuela's political and socioeconomic situation rapidly decline, filmmaker Margarita Cadenas, Venezuelan by birth and living in France, decided to raise awareness by creating the documentary film "Women of the Venezuelan Chaos."

Cadenas' film tracks the lives of five Venezuelan women as they navigate political and economic crisis

"Don’t take him literally, advised his allies and even journalists who covered his mayoralty. He can be impulsive and ...
07/03/2018
War of Words | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"Don’t take him literally, advised his allies and even journalists who covered his mayoralty. He can be impulsive and emotional, they said, but in the end he sobers up and weighs pros and cons before rushing into any decision. It’s just a war of words, they said.

The blood in the streets of Manila is proof of the contrary."

Read Glenda M. Gloria's article on Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte:

GLENDA M. GLORIA is managing editor and co-founder of Rappler, the Philippines’ top social news network, and a 2018 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. A veteran journalist, she has spent the last three decades reporting, investigating, writing, teaching, and managing newsrooms.

"The left lost in its very victory: The direct enemy was defeated, but it was replaced by a new form of even more target...
07/02/2018
Provocations | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"The left lost in its very victory: The direct enemy was defeated, but it was replaced by a new form of even more targeted capitalist domination." Slavoj Žižek discusses the legacies of 1968 and today's growing protest movements.

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK is a Hegelian philosopher and Communist political activist, working on the dialectical-materialist reading of German Idealism. His recent publications include Incontinence of the Void (MIT Press, 2017) and Reading Marx (with Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda, Polity Press, 2018).

Two years after the dictator Fransisco Franco died in 1975, Spain instituted the Amnesty Law, effectively banning invest...
07/02/2018
Talking Policy: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar on Human Rights in Post-Franco Spain - World Policy

Two years after the dictator Fransisco Franco died in 1975, Spain instituted the Amnesty Law, effectively banning investigation of the war crimes committed under his regime. In the documentary "The Silence of Others," directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar follow the stories of those attempting to seek justice for human rights violations under Franco.

The documentary "The Silence of Others" examines the scars left behind by the Franco regime

Kristen R. Ghodsee celebrates the legacy of Alexandra Kollontai, a Soviet-era activist whose involvement with the “wom...
07/02/2018
Crashing the Party | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

Kristen R. Ghodsee celebrates the legacy of Alexandra Kollontai, a Soviet-era activist whose involvement with the “woman question” revolutionized gender equality in Russia and Eastern Europe.

KRISTEN R. GHODSEE is professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the lived experiences of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Dissent, Aeon, and the New Yo...

Megalomania: obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others.Sound familiar? Add our summer...
06/29/2018
World Policy Journal: Summer 2018 - World Policy

Megalomania: obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others.

Sound familiar? Add our summer issue, "Megalomania," to your weekend reading list.

Subscriptions to World Policy Journal are available through our publisher, Duke University Press.   Megalomania   Table of Contents Editor’s Note Megalomania is a subject on many people’s minds these days, but it takes different forms in different places, and has had various expressions over t...

WPJ examines what the richest people—and the sources of their wealth—in given countries suggest about the consolidat...
06/29/2018

WPJ examines what the richest people—and the sources of their wealth—in given countries suggest about the consolidation of money and global flows of finance.

"Mobilizing a politics of grievance comes with grave risks. Turkey has an ugly history of racist politicians, and if a m...
06/29/2018
In Print: "Reading Between the Lines" - World Policy

"Mobilizing a politics of grievance comes with grave risks. Turkey has an ugly history of racist politicians, and if a member of the extreme right is elected to the executive presidency, the thin line that separates national pride and populism could disappear to reveal something much darker."

The slow reveal of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grandiose vision

WPJ looks at the countries that still have lèse-majesté laws on the books, and the lengths of the prison terms that of...
06/28/2018

WPJ looks at the countries that still have lèse-majesté laws on the books, and the lengths of the prison terms that offenders can face.

"She never has to qualify or apologize for her particular brand of politics. She can stand onstage with a Mussolini beca...
06/28/2018
Femme Fascista | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"She never has to qualify or apologize for her particular brand of politics. She can stand onstage with a Mussolini because those who support her know exactly what she represents. Moreover, they feel less and less like it’s something to hide." Barbie Latza Nadeau looks at the rise of Giorgia Meloni, a fascist politician in Italy, and how she’s been helped by the legacy of Benito Mussolini.

BARBIE LATZA NADEAU is an American journalist and author based in Rome. Her latest book is Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs, and Guns on the Mafia Coast (Oneworld, 2018) about sex trafficking and organized crime, and she is the Rome bureau chief for The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor.

"The president speaks the language of the times: punchy, unedited, unapologetic, angry." Glenda M. Gloria considers how ...
06/27/2018
War of Words | World Policy Journal | Duke University Press

"The president speaks the language of the times: punchy, unedited, unapologetic, angry." Glenda M. Gloria considers how Rodrigo Duterte would be seen in the Philippines if people were to take what he says seriously.

GLENDA M. GLORIA is managing editor and co-founder of Rappler, the Philippines’ top social news network, and a 2018 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. A veteran journalist, she has spent the last three decades reporting, investigating, writing, teaching, and managing newsrooms.

"Erdoğan is the first civilian politician to use anger to get democratically elected in Turkey. In so doing, he has her...
06/22/2018
In Print: "Reading Between the Lines" - World Policy

"Erdoğan is the first civilian politician to use anger to get democratically elected in Turkey. In so doing, he has heralded a new era in Turkish governance—one in which charisma overshadows ideology and party politics, which both still lurk in the background."

The slow reveal of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grandiose vision

In 2009, Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war came to an end with the national government’s declaration of victory over the...
06/22/2018
Talking Policy: Bina D’Costa on Conflict in Sri Lanka - World Policy

In 2009, Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war came to an end with the national government’s declaration of victory over the Tamil Tigers. World Policy Journal spoke with Bina D’Costa, co-author of "Cascades of Violence: War, Crime, and Peacebuilding Across South Asia," about the origins of the conflict and the country's future.

How cycles of crime and violence led to civil war

With voters in Turkey heading to the polls on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is aiming to win reelection and so...
06/21/2018
In Print: "Reading Between the Lines" - World Policy

With voters in Turkey heading to the polls on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is aiming to win reelection and solidify the transition to an executive presidency, securing him vast new powers. In WPJ's summer issue, Kaya Genç examines the political motivations and ideological forebears of the increasingly autocratic Turkish leader.

The slow reveal of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grandiose vision

In the Russian Arctic, a tight administrative grid and top-down policymaking create disparities in socioeconomic develop...
06/21/2018
Hierarchy and Development in the Russian Arctic - World Policy

In the Russian Arctic, a tight administrative grid and top-down policymaking create disparities in socioeconomic development. Morgane Fert-Malka speaks with Moscow State University professor Alexander Pelyasov about how a community's relationship to a regional hub can affect its potential for growth.

How a community's position in Russia's federal system determines its economic future

After Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, the president appears prepared to offer unprecedented security guaran...
06/14/2018
More Than Meets the Eye at the Singapore Summit - World Policy

After Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, the president appears prepared to offer unprecedented security guarantees to North Korea. James H. Nolt describes how the upcoming U.S. midterm elections provide a strong incentive for Trump to pursue a comprehensive agreement with Pyongyang.

With the U.S. midterm elections fast approaching, a comprehensive deal with North Korea may be Trump's best gamble

"Israeli buyers of apartments in the development are promised an uninterrupted mountain vista, while neighboring Palesti...
06/14/2018
Real Estate Shopping in the West Bank - World Policy

"Israeli buyers of apartments in the development are promised an uninterrupted mountain vista, while neighboring Palestinians are denied the permits required to build on their land and, in many cases, prevented from even reaching it."

Israeli banks are bankrolling the expansion of settlements that cut off Palestinians' access to their property

Over the past decade, many perceived or actual LGBT Ugandans have seen their names printed on the front pages of newspap...
06/12/2018
On the Front Pages - World Policy

Over the past decade, many perceived or actual LGBT Ugandans have seen their names printed on the front pages of newspapers below sensationalist headlines. Activist Clare Byarugaba describes the damage this can do in a society where LGBT individuals regularly face harassment and violence, and how the media can be held accountable for its unethical practices.

LGBT rights remain contentious in Uganda, the fight fueled by public "outings" in sensationalist media

Shortly after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, armed men stormed the offices of the region's leading independent news outl...
06/11/2018
Meet the Kremlin's Keyboard Warrior in Crimea - World Policy

Shortly after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, armed men stormed the offices of the region's leading independent news outlet, claiming it had been spreading false information. Andreas Rossbach examines how the leader of the raid, Konstantin Knyrik, has since built an influential fake-news agency of his own.

An ambitious young editor has joined Russia's information war with the West

When the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 1990s, Anatoly Sleptsov was a young elected legislator, and in the years th...
06/07/2018
Anatoly Sleptsov on Lawmaking in the Russian Arctic - World Policy

When the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 1990s, Anatoly Sleptsov was a young elected legislator, and in the years that followed he was actively involved in shaping Russian policies. In the latest installment in our "People of the North" series, Karina Kesserwan speaks with Sleptsov about his career and how his experience in the Arctic has influenced his approach to lawmaking.

How traditional and scientific knowledge can be used to promote the interests of Arctic communities

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