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February 22, 2018

China
China’s Coming Challenge to the U.S. Petro-Economy

U.S. oil production is set to surpass its all-time record monthly high (first set in 1970), and U.S. liquefied natural gas exports are roaring ahead, with 800 billion cubic feet already shipped since…

Electric trucks are shown at BYD headquarters in Shenzhen, China May 25, 2016.

March 23, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela in Crisis

President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to consolidate power amid a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis have drawn widespread international condemnation.

Demonstrators rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela.

February 28, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Cryptocurrencies and National Security

Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive financial technology that present governments with new national security challenges and terrorist groups, criminals, and rogue states with opportunities.

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January 23, 2018

Venezuela
How Much Worse Can it Get for Venezuela’s State Oil Firm PDVSA?

Venezuela’s latest attempt to raise capital by issuing a cryptocurrency, the petro, linked allegedly to its Orinoco oil reserves is problematical on so many levels, it is hard to know how to comment …

The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela December 1, 2017.

May 30, 2017

International Organizations
The Group of Seven (G7)

The G7 serves as a forum for highly industrialized democracies to coordinate economic, security, and energy policy, but the new U.S. administration has stirred questions about the group’s cohesion an…

G7 leaders meet in Sicily

April 4, 2018

Venezuela
Volatile Venezuela: What to Do About the Crisis

Venezuela is in the midst of an unprecedented economic and political crisis. During this event, panelists discuss the effects of this turmoil on the region, current U.S. and international policy towa…

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April 22, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Honduras’ Anticorruption Fight, Freedom House Report, Conflict Minerals Setback

Honduras’ New Anticorruption Fighter Takes on the President Last summer allegations that Honduran officials stole more than $200 million dollars from the social security system led to widespread pu…

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Out JOH", in a reference to Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, during a march to demand the resignation of Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, August 21, 2015. Thousands of protesters have been continuing demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, calling for the resignation of Hernandez over a $200 million corruption scandal at the Honduran Institute of Social Security (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera).

February 19, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Mexico’s Anticorruption Pressure, Ukraine’s Stalled Reforms, and U.S. Acts on Forced Labor

Pressure for Mexican Action on Corruption During a five-day visit to Mexico, Pope Francis repeatedly denounced corruption, decrying the “path of privileges or benefits for a few to the detriment of …

Pope Francis (C), Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) and his wife, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera stand together during a farewell ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 17, 2016 (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez).

January 5, 2015

Mexico
Elections to Watch in 2015

The region will hold just two presidential elections this year, choosing new leaders in Guatemala and Argentina. More prevalent will be congressional and local elections. Midterms in Mexico, Venezuel…

April 13, 2017

Russia
Russian Foreign Policy

Experts review Russia’s strategic objectives and foreign policy with Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States.

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