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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard march during an annual military parade just outside Tehran, Iran, Sept. 22, 2014 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).

Tensions Rise Between Rouhani and Iran’s Powerful Revolutionary Guard

By Nader Habibi
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Many observers have interpreted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent remarks about the prevalence of corruption in some Iranian institutions as an implicit criticism of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, suggesting that his relations with the corps are entering a new and tense phase. more


Mexico’s Energy Reforms Miss a Key Sector: Renewables

By Alexis Arthur
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Many hoped President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms would catalyze the renewable sector in Mexico, with its abundance of wind, solar and geothermal resources. Instead, his government risks missing an opportunity to make good on its commitment to a clean energy future and to tackling climate change. more

Zimbabwe Infighting Opens Mugabe Succession Battle

By James Hamill
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In Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe recently dismissed his vice president, the ruling ZANU-PF party’s internal strife has gone public. That is a measure of the depth of the party’s crisis and a clear indication that factions are now making moves to secure the post-Mugabe succession. more

China’s Marshall Plan: All Silk Roads Lead to Beijing?

By Michele Penna
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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $40 billion for the creation of a Silk Road Investment Fund to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia. It is just one part of Beijing’s ambitious “Silk Road” projects to boost China’s global trade links and, it hopes, reorient geopolitics. more