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World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 20th

In this week's newsletter, contributors from across the globe respond to the question: What values from your parents' generation would you preserve in a changing world? Click through and subscribe today!

World Policy On Air, Ep. 142: "The Price of Family Unification in the UK"

When she served as home secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May devised a "minimum income requirement" to limit net migration to the United Kingdom to 100,000 people. This week on World Policy On Air, journalist Ismail Einashe describes the effects of this salary threshold, which prevents thousands of British residents from bringing spouses into the country, on children and families.

‘Traditional’ Values and the Fight for LGBT Rights

For World Policy Journal’s fall 2017 issue, we asked a panel of experts which values from their parents’ generation they think should be preserved. Williams Rashidi argues that while respect, diversity, and acceptance may not always be "traditional" family values, they are universal values that should be upheld in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Who is Misbehaving?

The winner of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, Richard Thaler, disputes the assumption that consumers act rationally, his "nudge theory" showing how people can be duped into making choices in line with the interests of those in power. James H. Nolt argues that this type of behavioral economics, however, cannot explain the big picture of financial dynamics.

India: Nurturing Intergenerational Ties

In the fall issue of World Policy Journal, we asked writers from around the world to tell us which values from older generations should be upheld. Arya Rajam describes the importance of respecting elders and cherishing relatives, even as families become separated across continents.

A U.S. Collaboration Between Military and Research Science

Arctic warming opens new opportunities for economic activity, but advanced technologies and capabilities are necessary to operate safely in ice-covered waters. David M. Rivera discusses how scientists and the Coast Guard are making the most of limited budgets to conduct research and enhance U.S. capacity in the region.

Puerto Rico: ‘I Took Liberties’

In our fall issue, we asked contributors from around the world which values from their parents' generation they would preserve. Author Giannina Braschi describes how ambition and drive are important not just for an individual, but also for a nation, as Puerto Rico seeks its own path independent of the United States.

Rebooting Subsistence Agriculture in Rural Areas

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty and achieve zero hunger. Esther Ngumbi argues that promoting economic growth in rural areas and improving access to cities are key to achieving these goals.

China: Education and Family Bonds

We asked writers from around the world about the traditional values they would seek to preserve in the latest issue of World Policy Journal. Xiaoling Shu argues that an emphasis on education and family interdependence persists despite the modernization of Chinese society.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 13th

From state-sanctioned mining in Mexico to the provision of services in Canada's northern communities, we highlight the ways development policy falls short in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Debt Dualism

As Puerto Rico embarks on the long road to recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, media attention is once again turning to the island territory's financial situation. James H. Nolt explains why governments like Puerto Rico's are incentivized to take on large amounts of debt, often leading to crisis.

Talking Policy: Akinwumi Adesina on Investing in Africa

While previous U.S. administrations have established signature foreign-policy initiatives in Africa, little news has emerged regarding the Trump White House's strategy in the region. World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman speaks with Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, about investment and economic integration on the continent.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 141: "Saving Families From Our Fate"

Hundreds of young people have left Belgium to join terrorist groups abroad since 2011. On this week's episode of World Policy On Air, we speak with journalist Lisa De Bode about how one woman, Saliha Ben Ali, whose son died in Syria in 2013, is sharing her story in an effort to help fellow mothers recognize signs of radicalization in their children.

Arctic on Fire

A weeklong storm in 2015 triggered fires that burned 5 million acres of forest and 70 homes in Alaska. Edward Struzik points to the role of climate change in the increased ferocity of wildfires, and says investment in forest, tundra, and wildfire science is necessary to protect Arctic peoples and land.

The Price of Mining Wealth in Chiapas

Mining has been a prominent part of the rapid liberalization of Mexico's economy in the past two decades. Lynn Holland describes how the industry has brought environmental and health risks to the country's resource-rich regions, despite official pledges to promote sustainability.

Madeleine Redfern: Canadian Inuit Politician

In the latest installment of Arctic in Context's "People of the North" series, Jean François Arteau speaks with Madeleine Redfern, an Inuk politician from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Redfern discusses the need for self-governance and decolonization, which require the Inuit to meet the community's needs by delivering their own programs and services.

Liberia’s Ambitious Education Policy

Liberia's education system was hit hard by two civil wars and the outbreak of Ebola, and less than half of the country's 15- to 24-year-olds are literate. Responding to criticism of the cost and methods of the government's partnership with private education providers, Dr. Saaim Naame argues that academic achievement and quality of instruction should be given the most weight when evaluating the program.

Talking Policy: César Gaviria on the Peace Treaty and Drug Policy in Colombia

Last year the government in Bogotá signed a landmark peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to put an end to the country's 53-year-old civil war. Former President César Gaviria spoke with World Policy Journal about the implications of the deal, and how to minimize violence amid a war on drugs.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 140: "Terror and the Family"

Former U.K. Prime Minster David Cameron, when discussing the possible radicalization of Muslim men, said that Muslim women could be a "moderating force" on their husbands. This week on World Policy On Air, Rafia Zakaria disputes this orientalist thinking and describes how jihadi groups' new recruitment tactics are changing views on women and Islam.

The Persistence of Slavery in Mauritania

Mauritania’s government put laws in place to criminalize slavery in 2007, but thousands remain trapped in forced domestic and agricultural labor. Madeline de Figueiredo examines the judicial system's failure to implement anti-slavery legislation and the state's suppression of abolition activists.

Borrow and Spend

The U.S. Republican Party, having failed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, has turned to another important but divisive issue: taxes. James H. Nolt describes how, rather than champion middle and working-class people, the party's tax reforms would more likely benefit corporate interests.

The Strange History of the Arctic and the Arab Gulf

The Arctic and the Arab Gulf might seem like an unlikely pairing, but strong ties to oil have caused their paths to cross in recent decades. Marwa Maziad examines the parallel histories and shared economic and security challenges of these two regions.

Can the Nigeria Solid Minerals Development Fund Deliver?

The Nigeria Solid Minerals Development Fund aims for the mining sector to contribute three percent of the country's GDP by 2025. George C. Lwanda explains how the fund must overcome gaps in geological data, prevalent illegal mining, and insufficient long-term investment spending in order to achieve this goal.

New Reconciliation Law Threatens Tunisia’s Democracy

Tunisian President Essebsi proposed a law granting amnesty to civil servants of crimes committed under the orders of former dictator Ben Ali. Amna Guellali argues that, rather than promote reconciliation, this law will enable corruption and disrupt Tunisia's transition to democracy and justice.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 29th

From public health to pollution to child rights, we highlight the ways on-the-ground activists bring the world's attention to critical issues in this week's newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!



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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