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Policy Innovation Memorandum

A Strategy to Advance the Arctic Economy

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG

Unlike its Arctic neighbors, the United States is failing to take full advantage of the tremendous economic potential of the Arctic region. Captain Melissa Bert argues for U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention; international polar shipping standards; and an aircraft, icebreaker, and shore-based infrastructure acquisition program funded by Arctic oil and gas lease proceeds.

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Backgrounder

Expanding China-Africa Oil Ties

Authors: Christopher Alessi and Stephanie Hanson

China has increased its economic ties with Africa as it seeks to fulfill its growing energy demands. But China's way of doing business has prompted international criticism, even as its policy of noninterference faces new challenges.

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Op-Ed

Iran Won't Close the Strait of Hormuz

Authors: Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN and Max Boot
Wall Street Journal

Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN and Max Boot argue that Iran must realize that by initiating direct hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz, it risks American retaliation against their covert nuclear-weapons program.

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Op-Ed

Cuba's Oil Plans Raise Red Flags

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG
Miami Herald

Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, argues that as Cuba moves ahead with plans for a mobile offshore drilling unit, the United States must incorporate Cuba in emergency response coordination and joint operations, work through sanctions hurdles, and properly fund a response to a potential disaster.

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Transcript

World Energy Outlook 2011

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Edward L. Morse

Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, speaks about major components shaping the current World Energy Outlook including energy efficiency and lack of electric power.

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Audio

World Energy Outlook 2011 (Audio)

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Edward L. Morse

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, discusses U.S., European, and Chinese oil imports, as well as the consistent annual growth in global temperatures.

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