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Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Battle of the Seats: Developing Nations and International Arbitration Centers

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With new centers cropping up throughout the developing world, big changes are afoot for the international commercial arbitration sector.

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

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When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

The Road Ahead: Examining South Africa’s New International Strategy

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It’s time for President Ramaphosa to break with recent past and reassert the moral and multilateral imperatives in South African foreign policy.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

In the Long Haul, Vanadium Will Prove Durable

Local elected officials, key Vandenberg leaders, base affiliates and local media came together for the 28 megawatt solar photovoltaic array dedication, April 10, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The ceremony included representatives from SunPower, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Secretary of Air Force Environment, Safety and Infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Wear/Released)

Investors take note: the vanadium market of tomorrow may look nothing like what we’re seeing today.

Can AMLO Save Mexico’s Pemex?

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The newly elected president has set out to reverse the long-term decline of Mexico’s state-owned oil giant. But he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

Venezuela Crisis: Energy Market Impact

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The diplomatic showdown between the United States and Venezuela will resonate in global oil prices, but not nearly as much as it might have in previous years.

FLASH: Iran Oil Industry Feels Bite of US Sanctions

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Less than a year out from President Trump’s May 2018 announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA, Iran’s oil industry is struggling more than many anticipated.

The Great Game Revived: Pakistan’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Pakistan’s foreign policy there.

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