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Israeli soldiers stand next to a mobile artillery unit in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, Jan. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Ariel Schalit).

Hezbollah and Israel Exchange Fire as Syria Chaos Spreads

By Frederick Deknatel
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The threat of another war between Hezbollah and Israel ticked up Wednesday, after Hezbollah killed two Israeli soldiers in an attack along the Israel-Lebanon border. The violence shows how Syria’s civil war may finally break the relative calm that has prevailed between Hezbollah and Israel since 2006. 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

By David Klion
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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

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Ahead of Israel Visit, Japan’s Abe Looks to Expand Ties

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Earlier this month, Israel approved a plan to strengthen trade ties and boost security cooperation with Japan. In an email interview, Ben-Ami Shillony, a professor emeritus in East Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discussed Israel-Japan relations. more