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Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 20, 2014 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).

Iraq’s Peshmerga Join Battle for Kobani, With Kurdish Leadership at Stake

By Hannes Cerny
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The battle for Kobani now includes significant Kurdish undercurrents that have largely escaped attention. As Kobani’s Syrian Kurdish fighters inspire the Kurdish national imagination, they could represent a threat to Massoud Barzani’s role as the champion of Kurdish self-determination. more


New Growth for Nuclear Energy Depends on Asia

By Miles A. Pomper
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Does the nuclear energy industry still have exciting possibilities for growth, or are its best days behind it? A web of factors—economic, political and technical, both within countries and globally—will determine whether nuclear energy enjoys a new lease on life or slowly limps toward the grave. 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