Environment

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

South China Sea Dispute: The Philippines

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Philippine claim.

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

Water Shortages: China’s Unrecognized Threat

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China faces a water crisis that won’t be solved until pricing aligns with the reality of this increasingly scarce resource.

Past Not Precedent in DRC Ebola Outbreak

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Democratic Republic of Congo poses unique challenges to local and international health authorities that they didn’t face in the 2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

North Korea Nuclear Test Site Collapses, Risking Fallout

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North Korea leader Kim Jong-un garnered universal praise when he announced a halt of nuclear tests. It turns out he never had a choice in the matter.

Energy: A Basic Human Right

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It’s time to codify access to clean and reliable energy as a basic human right.

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

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Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

Water Conflict: Iran’s Farmers Take on the Establishment

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Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.

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