Economy

Nile Basin Water Wars: One Step Closer to an Agreement

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Recent negotiations have offered a ray of hope in the longstanding water conflict.

Backgrounder: The U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign toward Iran

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Maximum pressure is working – just not in the way that US officials had hoped it would.

Mozambique: Democracy in Distress

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The peace process involving Mozambique’s rival political factions is at risk of breaking down, with development of its substantial energy resources hanging in the balance.

What Does Rosneft Have Planned for Venezuela’s PDVSA?

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There appears to be some kind of alliance between the energy giants in the works, but the extent and legal details remain murky.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Chabahar Port Update

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Years removed from an extensive renovation and inaugural shipments, what effect is Chabahar port having on regional trade flows?

Peronists Declare Victory in Argentina’s Back-to-the-Future Elections

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Macri’s defeat marks a setback for right-wing politics in an increasingly volatile region.

EU Parliament and the Impact of Civil Society on Trade Negotiations

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Do internal constraints like the EP and an activist civil society help or hinder the EU Commission in its trade negotiations?

US and Australia Move to Break China’s Monopoly, Secure Access to Rare Earth Minerals

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Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

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Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

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