Our Best of 2019

Welcome to 2020. 2019 was a busy year for International Policy Digest. As I look back on 2019, I am taking stock of how the website has grown in just the past year.

Our growth numbers have exceeded my expectations. But more importantly, the growth of International Policy Digest is due solely to our contributors. For without them, the website wouldn’t exist.

So with that I want to highlight 10 pieces, in no particular order, that did particularly well with either readership numbers, social media traffic or reader support.

I wish I could highlight the 1,000+ articles I’ve published over the last year.

Here’s to continued growth and community in 2020.

(Molly Adams/Flickr)

1. A Dream Deferred
By Miguel Tavera

Dreamers face an uncertain future as they simply strive to live the American dream.


2. Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent
By Binoy Kampmark

In the impoverished, manic era of Donald Trump, the accusers have mimicked the man they wish to destroy.,


3. NATO and the Turkish Question
By Louis Savoia

Turkey has always given NATO heartburn.

(Hatice Cengiz)

4. Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi
By Binoy Kampmark

No one truly thought anyone of significance would be brought to justice for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


5. Trump’s Grand Strategy for Reelection
By Daniel Wagner

Barring impeachment and being removed from office or his resignation, Donald Trump is on track to win reelection.

6. A Petty Politicization of the Presidency
By Nick J. Danby

Donald Trump wasn’t the first U.S. president to show pettiness towards a deceased political rival. That award goes to Richard Nixon.

7. Growing Link between Lebanon’s Cancer Surge and EU Abetted Corruption
By Martin Jay

Miniyeh, Lebanon was once considered a paradise but it’s the victim of an environmental calamity which is a by-product of the country’s growing corruption frenzy, a looming environmental Armageddon and its murky relations with international aid donors.

(Asian Development Bank)

8. Rivers of Dust: Water and the Middle East
By Conn Hallinan

Water wars could be on the horizon throughout the Middle East and North Africa unless a solution to dwindling water supplies is found.

(Gage Skidmore)

9. The Value of Comic Books
By Will Mann

In defense of comic books as a medium.

(Habib Torikul/@Habib82325363)

9. The Linkage between Climate Change and Migration
By Patricia Zanini Graca

Climate change will keep increasing the number of refugees around the globe, and this issue must be addressed sooner or later.

(Shealah Craighead/The Bush Center)

10. More than Just Investment: Why America Was Once So Popular in Africa
By Nick J. Danby

You could reasonably argue that the United States has lost Africa. It has lost Africa to China and because of benign neglect.