Energy and Environment

Op-Ed

Can Solar Solve India's Energy Woes?

Authors: Varun Sivaram and K. Dhru
World Economic Forum

As the world’s fourth largest consumer of electricity and the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, India faces pressure to meet basic energy needs as well as to do its part in combating climate change. Solar power is so attractive because it promises to address both issues, but today it accounts for only 2%-3% of India’s energy demand, and India’s leadership will have to make several difficult decisions if this is to change, says Varun Sivaram.

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Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 49

Breaking the Stalemate in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

Author: Scott A. Snyder

South Korea and the United States have reached an impasse in bilateral talks on nuclear cooperation. Senior Fellow Scott Snyder argues that the United States should extend the current agreement and make a follow-on agreement contingent on the results of an ongoing study on feasibility and proliferation risks of South Korea's right to enrich and reprocess U.S.-origin nuclear fuels.

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Op-Ed

Extracting Justice: Battling Corruption in Resource-Rich Africa

Authors: Stewart M. Patrick and Isabella Bennett
devex

In Africa, the most daunting obstacle to economic growth is rampant corruption that robs citizens of billions of dollars every year. Improving governance in the extractive industries—which are particularly prone to corruption—would go a long way toward achieving more robust and inclusive prosperity, write Stewart M. Patrick and Isabella Bennett.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Corruption and Bribery; Energy and Environment

Op-Ed

Why Cheap Gas Causes Riots

Author: Isobel Coleman
Fortune.com

Isobel Coleman argues that, in light of rising tensions in countries cutting fuel subsidies, "the time is ripe to help governments make the case directly to citizens for fuel subsidy reform."

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Video

The Emerging Arctic

Speakers: Scott Borgerson, Michael Byers, Heather Conley, and Marlene Laruelle

The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably.

See more in Arctic; Energy and Environment