Geography and Resources Articles

Vietnam People’s Navy honor guard at the ASEAN defense ministers meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam, Oct. 12, 2010 (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison).
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Vietnam’s Modernizing Navy Confronts China’s Sea Power

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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

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Water Management a Keystone of Dutch Foreign Policy

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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

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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

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Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

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Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. more

Angola Modernizes Navy to Protect Maritime Resources

By Francisco Galamas
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Last month, in another sign of their strategic partnership, Brazil and Angola signed an agreement for the Brazilian navy to support the development of Angola’s naval capabilities. The deal fits into Angola’s broader strategy to secure its maritime borders and safeguard its oil and fishing resources. more

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Rising to the Challenge: Can Latin America Escape Its Past?

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Electoral democracy is flourishing across Latin America. But if the region has eagerly embraced pluralism, many problems remain, ranging from insecurity and corruption to balancing economic growth with environmental concerns. This report covers the full spectrum of Latin America’s challenges. more

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Once Foes, Uganda and DRC Cooperate, but Friendly Ties Far Off

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Last month, senior diplomats from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo met to discuss bilateral relations. In an email interview, Gaaki Kigambo, a journalist in Uganda, discussed current efforts to improve relations between between the two countries. more

How Latin America Can Maximize its Shale Gas Potential

By Eric Farnsworth
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Thanks to technological advances, shale gas is revolutionizing the world’s energy landscape. The size of reserves within the Western Hemisphere in particular provides the region with an enviable opportunity for leadership in global shale gas. But Latin America still has work to do to maximize its energy potential. The natural resources clearly exist; fully developing shale remains a matter of political will. more

Ukraine Crisis Torpedoes Russia-Japan Rapprochement

By Richard Weitz
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One of the major sticking points to improved Japan-Russia relations has long been the two sides’ territorial dispute over the Southern Kurils. Now the two countries have an opportunity to change matters. For the first time in decades, both have leaders who could negotiate a territorial compromise and then sell it domestically. But the Ukraine crisis has put an end to earlier hopes for a resolution. more