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Opposition candidate Andrzej Duda celebrates his victory with supporters, as the first exit polls in the presidential runoff voting are announced, Warsaw, Poland, May 24, 2015 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).

Duda’s Surprise Presidential Win in Poland Raises Populist Specter

By Mitchell A. Orenstein
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The surprise election of Andrzej Duda, a relatively unknown, conservative 43-year-old lawyer, to the Polish presidency Sunday over the popular incumbent, Bronislaw Komorowski, has put Europe on edge, given Duda’s mix of right-wing populism, euroskepticism and hawkish foreign policy views on Russia. more


Mexico’s Energy Reforms Must Address Indigenous Concerns

By Alexis Arthur
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President Enrique Pena Nieto has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of investment in Mexico’s overhauled energy sector. Yet the energy boom could negatively impact Mexico’s indigenous communities. New government laws, critics say, give preferential treatment to private development over community rights. more

Latin America Weighs Risk and Rewards of Shale Revolution

By Paul Shortell
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Latin America faces difficult choices as it looks to expand its nascent shale gas and oil industry. With approximately one-fourth of the world’s recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, the region is poised to reap the benefits of fracking, but it must weigh those against local resistance and environmental risks. more

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

By Jessica C. Varnum
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In the run-up to the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, alarmists are again warning of an imminent race to nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle East in the guise of peaceful nuclear programs. But the logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. more