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Filipe Nyusi is sworn in as the newly elected Mozambican president, Maputo, Mozambique, Jan. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Ferhat Momade).

Conflict Fears Fade in Mozambique, but Renamo’s Demands Do Not

By Carrie Manning
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Earlier this month, fears of Mozambique sliding back into civil war receded after the leader of the opposition Renamo party toned down his bellicose rhetoric over last year’s contested election. Yet most of the issues that, according to Renamo, prompted its return to violence in 2013 still have not been resolved. 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