research papers

On May 1, 2015, an Artist Roundtable (A.RT) hosted by World Policy Institute’s Arts-Policy Nexus brought together 11 like-minded artists for a conversation focused on the relationship between health, wellness, and agency. After this discussion, Canadian-based organization Musagetes commissioned “A Re-imagination of Policy and Health: Toward the Creation of an Arts/Health/Policy Nexus,” by Nicolle Bennett, as part of the online platform and its related projects, to further explore shifts in our approaches to health and health policy.

Over the last 10 years Africa’s Sahel region has come to Western attention as the home of active and dangerous jihadist groups capable of large, high-profile attacks. In Jihad in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenging the Narratives of the War on Terror, Dr. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos provides a corrective to the view of these jihadist groups as extensions of the Islamic State or al-Qaida, examining the history of the region’s Islamic movements and providing the context through which current conflicts can be better understood.

From Lesotho to the Sahel, African countries are grappling with the impacts of climate change, but too many governments lack the basic data necessary to make informed predictions and mitigate risk for the next generation. This paper from World Policy Institute’s Program for African Thought and IRI, “The Enacts Approach: Transforming Climate Services in Africa One Country at a Time,” unravels the ways previously unavailable climate data could be used by federal and local government to address climate-related challenges.

Reducing timber loss through responsible management of the world’s forest stock has the power to reduce poverty, conflict, and greenhouse gases. While the European Union, the United States, and a number of developing countries have already put in place some policies to promote forest sustainability, much more remains to be done. “Fairly Trading the World’s Timber” details efforts to date and provides comprehensive proposals for much needed action.

Traditional and alternative energy technologies are consuming a rising amount of water per unit of energy, putting new demands on increasingly scarce water supplies, according to a new report from the World Policy Institute and EBG Capital. The trend has wide-ranging implications for policy, business, security, environment, justice, development, and sustainability. Now —as new energy policies are emerging– is the window of opportunity to add water to the agenda. 

In this joint World Policy Institute-Demos paper, David Callahan and Christina Vasile propose that wealthy nations, led by the United States, should move to reduce or eliminate all tariffs on imports from developing countries as one way to help offset the extraordinary costs these countries face in confronting climate change. If U.S. tariff policy continues on the current trajectory, the U.S. is likely to collect about $90 billion in import duties on products from developing countries, excluding China, by 2020. The combined total collected by the European Union, Japan, and other wealthy countries may exceed that amount. These projected duties constitute a vast pool of funds that can and should be tapped to help mobilize a decisive global response to climate change.

Dēmos and the World Policy Institute argue that the United States should play a bold new leadership role in creating a global economy that works for everyone. It should encourage faster economic growth, higher labor standards, and stronger social protections in developing nations while buffering Americans from the downsides of globalization and equipping U.S. workers to succeed in the global economy. To achieve these goals, the next President and Congress should embrace a policy agenda that balances a commitment to markets and open trade with dramatic efforts to reduce inequities and insecurities in developed and developing nations alike.