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November 8, 2012

Asia
Dams on the Mekong Continue, Under or Over the Radar

Reports this week that Laos has decided to continue building the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong river, despite massive protests and many studies showing detrimental environmental impacts, reveals once ag…

A man casts a fishing net on the banks of the Mekong river.

May 24, 2011

China
The Truth about the Three Gorges Dam

A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010. (China Daily Information Group/Courtesy Reuters) It has only taken ninet…

A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010.

May 28, 2013

Energy and Environment
Challenges of Equitable Economic Development and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam

The Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon basin has been at the center of controversy concerning hydropower infrastructure projects since protest of the project began in 2008. The confl…

belo monte blog post

February 1, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 1, 2019

This week: UAE spying; DNI releases top threats; Huawei indicted; and Tehran toys with crypto. 

Satish Kumar Subramani

November 28, 2018

Argentina
The G20 Tango: What to Expect From the Buenos Aires Summit

This week's G20 summit promises to be a dramatic spectacle. The ongoing U.S.-China trade war, a showdown in the Kerch Strait, and an international murder mystery will be among the intrigues. 

Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping at the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg.

October 10, 2018

China
Who Controls the Tap? Addressing Water Security in Asia

The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.

China water hydropower

October 5, 2018

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

December 2, 2019

United States
Distinguished Voices Series With Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw discusses his distinguished career in journalism and his experience as a young reporter covering the Watergate story.  The Distinguished Voices Series focuses particular attention on th…

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September 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?

The White House has reportedly made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations, leading some observers to fret that it will create undue risks of escalation. Those concern…

Paul Nakasone

November 5, 2019

China
Securing Digital Supply Chains: A Conversation With Ajit Pai

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai discusses the potential for surveillance and espionage if equipment from Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei and ZTE, is u…

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