Geography and Resources Articles

An armed soldier enters the stadium where the coffin of the late Zambian President Michael Sata was draped in Zambia’s flag at the funeral in Lusaka, Nov, 11, 2014 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

Zambia’s Presidential Carousel Spins as Rivals Jockey to Succeed Sata

By Richard Downie
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The recent death of Zambian President Michael Sata has brought internal rivalries to a boiling point not only in his ruling Patriotic Front, but also in the main opposition parties. The infighting complicates efforts to predict the outcome of Zambia’s presidential election on Jan. 20. 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

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

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

Global Insider

Mongolia Shuffles PMs to Address Self-Inflicted Economic Crisis

By The Editors
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Last week Mongolia’s parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg prime minister, two weeks after Norov Altankhuyag lost a no-confidence vote. In an email interview, Julian Dierkes, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, discussed Mongolian politics. more

Global Insider

Vietnam’s Modernizing Navy Confronts China’s Sea Power

By The Editors
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As China attempts to assert maritime claims against Vietnam, Vietnam in turn has been expanding its navy and courting new allies, like India. In an email interview, Abhijit Singh, a research fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, discusses the Vietnamese navy's capabilities. more

World Citizen

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

Global Insider

Water Management a Keystone of Dutch Foreign Policy

By The Editors
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In September, the Netherlands offered help to Pakistan after a breached dike forced over 700,000 people to flee their homes. In an email interview, Mariska Heijs, training and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael,” discussed Dutch water management diplomacy. more

Special Report

After Scarcity: Global Energy’s New Realities

By The Editors
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Dropping oil prices and alternative sources have resulted in dramatic changes for the global energy sector. As new players and relationships emerge, traditional powers, particularly Russia, still wield energy as a geostrategic weapon. This report covers the politics of energy over the past year. more

India Pursues Scandinavian Partnerships to Join Arctic Race

By Saurav Jha
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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Norway in mid-October was a signal of India’s rising profile in the Arctic. After signing 13 agreements with Norway, Mukherjee concluded 19 more deals with Finland—maneuvers designed to gain a foothold in the Arctic through partnerships with Scandinavia. more