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Rangers prepare a darted rhino near Skukuza, South Africa, for transport by truck to an area hopefully safe from poachers, Nov. 20, 2014 (AP photo by Denis Farrell).
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African Countries Take More Holistic Approach to Curbing Poaching

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South Africa has announced plans to relocate 200 rhinoceroses after anti-poaching efforts in Kruger National Park proved ineffective. In an email interview, Natasha White of the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva discussed poaching trends in Africa. more


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Bond With Modi Helps Obama’s India Visit Exceed Expectations

By Richard Weitz
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Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States last year yielded few concrete results, it created a personal rapport between him and U.S. President Barack Obama. This week, that bond helped the two overcome obstacles in the bilateral relationship to achieve progress in important areas. more

Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

By David Klion
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Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion. more

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Japan-Pakistan Ties Hold Steady as China Rises

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Pakistani Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar was in Japan last week for talks with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, on trade and economic cooperation. In an email interview, Ahmad Rashid Malik, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, discussed Pakistan-Japan relations. more

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In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

By Richard Weitz
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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

Prisoners of Oslo: Palestine After the Peace Process

By George Hale
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Two decades after the Oslo Accords, nationhood seems more distant than ever for the Palestinians who returned to the West Bank hoping to build a new state. Reporting from Bethlehem, George Hale assesses the bleak mood of post-Oslo Palestine, where no peace with Israel is in sight. more

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Turkey Takes Pragmatic Approach to International Peacekeeping

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In November 2014, Turkey announced plans to send peacekeepers to participate in U.N.-backed missions in the Central African Republic and Mali. In an email interview, Nil S. Satana, assistant professor at Bilkent University in Ankara discussed Turkey’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions. more