Economics and Business Articles

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
, , Briefing

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
, , Briefing

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

World Citizen

Ibero-American Summit in Mexico Highlights Ideological Rifts

By Frida Ghitis
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The annual Ibero-American Summit was designed to develop ties among countries with strong cultural and historical bonds and develop a bloc with political and economic power. But the latest summit, held this week in Mexico, showed how wide the ideological chasms among the member countries have become. 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

Energy Trumps Politics in Turkey-Russia Relationship

By Maria Savel
, , Trend Lines

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.


Special Report

Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

By The Editors
, , Report

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