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Smoke rises from burning garbage as an Indian woman looks for recyclable material at a dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Nov. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).

After U.S.-China Climate Deal, India Feels the Heat on Growing Emissions

By Saurav Jha
, , Briefing

The United States and China surprised other G-20 members when they announced a new agreement last week on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But the G-20 member who perhaps noted this development more than others is India, currently the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter. more


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Railway Dispute Shows Weaknesses of China-Mexico Economic Ties

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

Mexico’s recent decision to cancel a high-speed rail contract with China is the latest example of the unsettled relationship between two of the largest emerging economies. In an email interview, Matt Ferchen of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy discussed China’s ties with Mexico. more

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Houthi Rise in Yemen Puts Saudi Arabia, Iran on Crash Course

By Frida Ghitis
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One look at a map shows why Yemen has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. The country’s troubles have escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles elsewhere in the region look more acute. That, however, is likely to change. more

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Botswana’s United Opposition Gains on Ruling Party in Decline

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

Last month, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party narrowly won a majority of seats in parliament. In an email interview, Gape Kaboyakgosi, senior research fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development and Policy Analysis, discussed Botswana’s domestic politics. more

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In Venezuela, Maduro Teetering on the Edge of Disaster

By Frida Ghitis
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The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez seemed to become invigorated by class struggle and the passionate protests it engendered. His heir, Nicolas Maduro, has also faced fierce opposition protests and has responded forcefully. But the challenge is growing exponentially riskier. more

Catalyst or Curse? East Africa’s Oil and Gas Boom

By Jon Rosen
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New oil and gas finds in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the bulk of which should come online by the end of the decade, have put East Africa on the verge of a hydrocarbon-driven transformation. However, the path to exploitation is fraught with challenges, and the boom presents as many risks as rewards. more