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Local fishermen try to catch fish in front of Russia Navy ships in Sevastopol, Crimea, Oct. 27, 2014 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).

Crimean Annexation Offers Russia New Opportunities for Graft

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The Kremlin is offering a $3 billion contract to the Russian oligarch Arkady Rotenberg, a friend of President Vladimir Putin, to build a bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland. This is just the latest example of how Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year is being used to facilitate corruption. more


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With Currency Swap, Argentina Becomes Dependent on China

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Earlier this month, Argentina received the fourth installment of an $11 billion currency swap agreement with China. In an email interview, Eduardo Daniel Oviedo, professor of political science at the National University of Rosario in Argentina, discussed Argentina’s relations with China. more

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Despite New Tactics, Africa Needs More Holistic Approach to Poaching

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South Africa has announced plans to relocate 200 rhinoceroses after anti-poaching efforts in Kruger National Park proved ineffective. In an email interview, Natasha White of the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva discussed poaching trends in Africa. more

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Missing From Latin America’s Green Energy Policies: Cooperation

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Leaders from across the Caribbean are meeting in Washington this week for the first-ever Caribbean Energy Summit, hosted by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. In an email interview, Johanna Mendelson Forman, founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy, discussed renewable energy in Latin America. more

Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

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Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion. more

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Japan-Pakistan Ties Hold Steady as China Rises

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Pakistani Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar was in Japan last week for talks with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, on trade and economic cooperation. In an email interview, Ahmad Rashid Malik, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, discussed Pakistan-Japan relations. more

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Turkey Takes Pragmatic Approach to International Peacekeeping

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In November 2014, Turkey announced plans to send peacekeepers to participate in U.N.-backed missions in the Central African Republic and Mali. In an email interview, Nil S. Satana, assistant professor at Bilkent University in Ankara discussed Turkey’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions. more