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Ukrainian troops wave as they ride on an armored vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2015 (AP photo by Evgeniy Maloletka).
The Realist Prism

With Cease-Fire, Ukraine Remains Stuck Between Russia and the West

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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Even if the present cease-fire holds in Ukraine and succeeds in halting open warfare, the effect will only be temporary. The best that can be hoped for, it seems, is a truce that allows Ukraine some ability to reconstruct itself, but where Kiev is left precariously perched between Russia and the West. more


Global Insider

Despite Orderly Transition, Questions Remain for East Timor

By The Editors
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Xanana Gusmao stepped down as East Timor’s prime minister earlier this month, leaving the post to opposition leader Rui Araujo. In an interview, Gordon Peake, a research fellow at Australia National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed East Timor’s political transition. more

The Deluge: Algeria’s Pending Succession Crisis

By Azzedine Layachi
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Algeria today faces important challenges, including social transformations, economic uncertainty and political sclerosis. All of these issues might become exacerbated by a pending leadership succession, the smoothness of which is far from guaranteed, due to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s poor health. more

Special Report

Back in Business: Modi’s Fresh Start for India

By The Editors
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When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP decisively won last year’s elections, many were worried about the potential for interreligious tensions. But so far, Modi has allayed those concerns while bringing a new dynamism to India’s foreign policy, as the articles in this report make clear. more

Global Insider

Missing From Latin America’s Green Energy Policies: Cooperation

By The Editors
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Leaders from across the Caribbean are meeting in Washington this week for the first-ever Caribbean Energy Summit, hosted by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. In an email interview, Johanna Mendelson Forman, founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy, discussed renewable energy in Latin America. 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

Global Insights

Putin Courts Modi to Advance Russia-India Economic Ties

By Richard Weitz
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On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the latest suitor to court Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on the latter’s home territory. While New Delhi has ended its Cold War alignment with Moscow, India and Russia still share many overlapping interests, as the visit clearly illustrated. more

Energy Trumps Politics in Turkey-Russia Relationship

By Maria Savel
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Last week in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is scrapping the South Stream pipeline project to bring Russian gas to Southern Europe. Russian attention is shifting to a new pipeline to Turkey, turning the country into a crucial Russian partner and a major international energy hub.

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Special Report

Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

By The Editors
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Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran last year amid great expectations for reform at home and renewed engagement abroad. From nuclear negotiations to the crises in Iraq and Syria, Rouhani’s term has so far been a mixed bag, offering hope but not yet transformation, as the articles in this report show. more