The United States and China surprised other G-20 members when they announced a new agreement last week on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But the G-20 member who perhaps noted this development more than others is India, currently the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter.more
This week, military planners from more than 30 countries are gathered in Florida to plot their approach against the so-called Islamic State. Meanwhile, IS is mulling its strategy as well. Both know that if their strategies are to work, they must first try to get inside the mind of their enemy.more
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos abruptly called off peace talks this week with the rebel FARC after guerillas kidnapped an army general. The suspension of two-year negotiations also throws a wrench into Santos’ ambitious foreign policy agenda as he deals with domestic critics on all sides.more
This year, the Greek economy may finally return to growth. But while Greece is farther away from the fiscal abyss than it was four years ago, the social cost for middle- and low-income groups has been high, and political conflicts may put recent economic accomplishments at risk.more
Chad has begun to emerge as a regional leader, playing key roles in Mali and the Central African Republic. However, this masks an ongoing political stagnation and the failure of the government to make any serious improvements in living conditions for the vast majority of the population.more
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