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October 5, 2017

Niger
U.S.-Military-Training-Sahel-Counterterrorism Three Green Berets Killed in Niger

The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has announced that three U.S. Army Special Forces, Green Berets, were killed while two were wounded in an ambush in western Mali. There were also five Niger…

January 9, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A coal-fired power plant is pictured near a construction site in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee Green Giants? Sectoral Obstacles and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in China and India

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

June 19, 2018

Oil and Petroleum Products
Two persons pass the logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in front of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018. OPEC's Vienna Meeting: The Challenge of Failing National Oil Companies

As energy ministers from major oil producing countries gather in Vienna this week to discuss the stability of global oil markets, the variables that will dictate outcomes have rapidly shifted. Pre-me…

May 31, 2018

Iran
Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018. Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City. The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

May 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
Bolton Cyber Week in Review: May 11, 2018

This week: abolishing the cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House, work stoppage at ZTE, and kicking Nazis off the internet. 

June 17, 2014

Energy and Environment
RTX168CX Leading Green Finance in Bolivia

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Heidi Sumser, senior associate…

December 15, 2009

China
Green Innovation

Two good new articles--Evan Osnos in the New Yorker and Shai Oster in Wall Street Journal-- address the question of China’s innovative capabilities in green technologies. Both come out at about the s…

April 20, 2018

Cybersecurity
Telegram Cyber Week in Review: April 20, 2018

This week: Telegram is banned in Russia, U.S. companies are banned from selling to ZTE, Google bans domain-fronting, and Russia called out for hacking into routers. 

March 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
A Syrian woman displaced from Raqa walks carrying a child at the al-Karamah camp #MeToo Hits the Humanitarian Aid Sector: Time to Close the Accountability Gap

Recent allegations of sexual abuse in Syria illuminate the difficulty of holding aid workers accountable for sexual crimes in war zones. As the humanitarian aid sector faces its own #metoo moment, th…