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Energy & Environment

Coercive Coal: Chinese Energy Investment in Developing Countries

Chinese coal power investment increases the vulnerability of developing countries to Beijing’s coercive leverage.

Enhancing the Image: Chinese Renewable Energy Investment in OECD Europe

As China increases investments in renewable energy, questions about Beijing’s motivation arise, as these seemingly benign investments correlate with a rise in China’s perceived international reliability and responsibility.

Responsibility to Protect: The Case for a Global Park System

It’s 2030 and states have failed as stewards of Earth. We must take seriously our responsibility to protect this planet and its natural wonders by establishing a global park system.

Balancing Economic Development and Human Security in the Nile River Basin

As Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan continue negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, President Trump may soon be put in the position of deciding whether to favor water security or economic development in North-East Africa.

Oil and Stability: Good Enough to Keep the US in the Gulf?

For decades, the safe transportation of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a major security concern for the United States. But there are reasons for the U.S. to reevaluate whether it truly needs to invest military resources in protecting it.

Ukraine’s Natural Gas Transit Talks: Scant Progress as Supply Cutoff Looms

Ukraine and Russia are discussing a natural gas transit extension. Without an agreement, Russian gas could cease to flow via Ukraine to Europe on January 1. This article assesses progress in Ukraine-Russia talks, as time for a deal grows short.

Conflicting Values in the Arctic: Examining Russian-Canadian Tensions through Election Interference

A forthcoming study from the University of Calgary predicts that Russian intelligence services may be interfering in the Canadian federal elections scheduled to take place at the end of October over concerns in the Arctic region.

Deforestation in Amazon: A Global Climate Emergency

The Amazon forest fires in Brazil are the result of regional deforestation and failed environmental policies. Since Brazil has taken strict initiatives in the past for conserving the forests, the current government of Bolsonaro has weakened the environmental bodies which are responsible for protecting the forests from agribusiness industries. Deforestation in the Amazon region is not only a concern for Brazil but the rest of the world. The international community can impose fines on companies with corrupt supply chains, and support public protests which will help in curbing illegal deforestation.

Hurricane Season…Here We Go Again

The annual hurricane season is here and once again devastating the Caribbean. Regional enforcements and integration can help save lives in both the short and long-term.

How the BUILD Act Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. LNG exports and clean energy developments provide a potential new source of soft power for U.S. foreign policy assistance and aims. The bipartisan BUILD Act provides a vehicle for the U.S. Government to achieve these twin goals.

The Myth of Economic Growth and Climate Change

Established models for economic growth have failed to address climate change, resulting in significant economic and human cost. Research shows the need for a drastic reconsideration of investment models to avoid catastrophe, writes the EBRD's Moongyung Lee.

Make Room for Nuclear in the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is an ambitious attempt to address the monumental challenges of climate change, social inequality, and long-term energy security. This can be achieved with the help of a low-carbon emitting energy source available right now: nuclear power.

If The Jones Act Is About National Security, Let’s Make It About National Security.

There are economic and national security arguments to be made for the Jones Act, but they're being made dishonestly.

We’re in the Endgame Now

Climate change affects more than the environment, often forcing internal displacement and migration. Latin America in particular faces challenges that require a focused policy response.

The Forced Migration Of The Venezuelans: A Humanitarian Disaster

Oil price volatility transfers to social and political volatility in states which rely on hydrocarbons to power their economy. Venezuela is a cautionary tale of how wrong this can go.

The New Cold War

Russia is expanding its influence in the Arctic Circle as ice recedes and natural resources become accessible. This represents a potential threat which the US must recognize.

The United States and Saudi Arabia: Is Partnership Necessary?

Jamal Khashoggi’s death has called into question the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When a Saudi critic and lawful permanent resident of the United States is murdered, apparently at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Americans will naturally wonder whether an ostensible U.S. ally really should…