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In A Deluge of Consequences, the first World Policy e-book, intrepid journalist Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet's next environmental disaster is set to unfold. 

 

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The  World Policy Institute understands that policymakers and opinion leaders need creative ways to catalyze innovation and engage wider coalitions in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.  By working with artists focused on the same issues, this cross-cutting initiative seeks to build a new, collaborative model for social change. 

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The UN's new Sustainable Energy for All Initiative addresses the growing need for energy reform amongst global governments, the private sector, and civil societies. Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella discusses the link between international energy policies and poverty eradication, climate security, and technological development.
In 2011, Brazilian artist Marcelo Moscheta participated in the Arctic Circle expedition in the international territory of Svalbard. His resulting installations and journal entries offer an inside look at the Arctic's remote terrain.
China vilifies the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkestan by referring to them as terrorists. However, the U.S. refuses to acknowledge this label. Alim A. Seytoff analyzes Beijing's oppression of the ethnic group as a hypocritical application of the term "terrorism."
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In the past week, Israeli-Palestinian violence reached a new peak, with Hamas launching rockets indiscriminately into Israel and the Israeli military responding with intense defensive airstrikes in Gaza. What would it take for a ceasefire and ultimately a peace-deal between the two countries? Yaffa Fredrick, managing editor at World Policy Journal, appeared on Al Jazeera America on July 12, 2014 to discuss the crisis engulfing a region all too familiar with conflict.

Though Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire in 2012, the two parties failed to negotiate a more permanent settlement. While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has overseen the creation of a unity government with Fatah and Hamas, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains steadfast in his decision not to negotiate with a government that includes Hamas representation. Thus, because peace negotiations never gained momentum, Fredrick argues that the 2012 ceasefire inevitably was going to be broken.

The continuing violence reveals how seemingly irreconcilable the goals between Israel’s government and Hamas are. In dealing with these opposing goals, Fredrick argues outside political actors become indispensable. Though not a neutral actor, the United States has historically been a major player in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also has the political and financial clout to usher in change.

Can the current leaders broker peace, or does the conflict require a change in leadership? The fact that Netanyahu refuses to sit down with the current Palestinian leadership, as well as Abbas’s failure to curb Hamas violent resistance, suggests that a change of leadership may, in fact, be necessary. As events unfold in the coming weeks, the world eagerly awaits for and end to the violence.

July 21, 2014
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Rahul Sagar on behalf of Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, Special Guest Julia Ormond, and World Policy Institute Chairman John Watts May 2, 2013

Andelman on Libya

 

Andelman on Libya


World Policy Journal Editor David Andelman is interviewed about the Libyan uprising on CBS News.

 

Every Nation for Itself


WPI Senior Fellow Ian Bremmer argues that we are not witnessing the descent of the United States, but rather the beginning of a leaderless world.

La Cienega: Ecuador's Childless Village Santiago Arcos Veintimilla, a Magnum Fellow photographer, captures La Cienega, Ecuador, a town that has lost its future in the wake of all but unfettered urban migration. 

 

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