To Meet Growing Demand, Jordan Turns to Nuclear Energy

By The Editors

Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant. In an interview, David Schenker, director of the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discussed Jordan’s nuclear energy policy.

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Labor, Human Rights Concerns Make Satellite Campuses a Risky Choice

By The Editors

A professor from New York University was recently barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, where the school has a new campus, after he criticized the country’s labor practices. In an interview, Stephen Wilkins of Plymouth University discussed the challenges facing Western satellite campuses.

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Global Insights

Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

By Richard Weitz
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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

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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

The Realist Prism

U.S. and West Should Not Count Russia’s Putin Out Just Yet

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look dramatically different when viewed through the prism of Chinese media. The appeal of the Chinese version of events could help explain why U.S. efforts to marginalize Russian President Vladimir Putin on the world stage have met with little success. more

Diplomatic Fallout

U.S. to Europe: Don’t Go Soft on American-Led Global Order

By Richard Gowan
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The U.S. sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. The criticisms revealed a deeper concern about challenges to U.S. leadership in the international system—and Europe’s commitment to sustaining American primacy. 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