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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing an agreement on sharing water from the Nile River, Khartoum, Sudan, March 23, 2015 (AP photo by Abd Raouf).

Nile Deal Signals Regional Reset Among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia

By Alex de Waal
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A preliminary agreement between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on sharing the Nile is about a lot more than water. It may signal a seismic shift in the politics of northeastern Africa and could lead to a new axis of cooperation to manage, it not resolve, conflicts in one of the world’s most turbulent regions. more


Global Insider

Despite Falling Energy Prices, Arctic Oil Exploration Likely to Continue

By The Editors
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The U.S. Department of the Interior is due to decide this week if Royal Dutch Shell can restart drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska after it was forced to shut down operations in 2012. In an interview, Robert Huebert, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, discussed Arctic drilling amid the slump in global oil prices. more

Oil Slump, Russian Revanchism Put the Squeeze on Kazakhstan

By Casey Michel
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In the year since Russia annexed Crimea, Kazakhstan’s geopolitical environs have shifted more rapidly than at any point in its 23 years of independence. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s brittle regime faces a dire economic outlook from slumping oil prices and heightened security concerns from a spat with Moscow. more

In Context

Maduro Gets More Desperate Amid Venezuela’s Disarray

By Maria Savel
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stepped up his crackdown on his political opponents with the arrest last week of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, on trumped-up charges of plotting a coup. Maduro has only grown more desperate as state coffers empty and an economic crisis deepens. 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

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