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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Oct. 15, 2014 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).

Falling Oil Prices Push Venezuela, Maduro Closer to the Edge

By Paul Shortell
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Despite a 25 percent drop in oil prices since June, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is doubling down on his current policies instead of attempting politically unpopular restructuring. By stalling in the hopes of higher oil prices or Chinese credit, Maduro is ignoring cracks in his political and economic program. more

New Growth for Nuclear Energy Depends on Asia

By Miles A. Pomper
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Does the nuclear energy industry still have exciting possibilities for growth, or are its best days behind it? A web of factors—economic, political and technical, both within countries and globally—will determine whether nuclear energy enjoys a new lease on life or slowly limps toward the grave. more