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


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.

Cameroon’s Authorities Are Being Pressed on Two Fronts

Unified Focus 2017 tabletop exercise brings multinational collaboration to Cameroon, cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Separatist militants on one side; Boko Haram on the other.

All Those Croatian Presidents

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A brief recap of those who preceded newly elected president Zoran Milanović.

Luanda Leaks: Angola’s Anti-Corruption Crusade

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Angola can recover from decades of mismanagement, but only if the government proves willing to address the problems that enabled pervasive corruption in the first place.

Azerbaijan Election: Stability at the Crossroads of Europe and Asia

cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, The Azerbaijani national flag ripples from the wind during a recognition ceremony held by Regimental Combat Team 5 at Camp Ripper, Al Asad, Iraq, Dec. 3, 2008. The Azerbaijan forces provided security at the Haditha Dam since August of 2003. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Chad L. Simon/Released), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The poll result will allow Azerbaijan to power ahead with its reform program.

Wuhan Coronavirus: The Bear Stalks Global Energy Markets?

Central Command Area of Responsibility (Jun. 29, 2003) -- Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mīnā' al-Bakr Oil Terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation. The supertanker AbQaiq is the first commercial vessel to receive exported Iraqi oil as an off shore customer since 1991, outside of the United Nations' Oil-for-Food programme. AbQaiq is scheduled to take on an estimated 2 million barrels of crude oil. U.S. Navy and coalition forces are helping to provide security, enforcing an exclusionary perimeter around the terminal. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Andrew M. Meyers. (RELEASED) - https://uz.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayl:Tanker_offshore_terminal.jpg

China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time for oversupplied oil and natural gas markets.

Li Wenliang: Censorship’s Latest Martyr


Li Wenliang’s death serves as a tragic reminder of how censorship harms society.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Economic Impact Round-up

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Recounting the latest production stoppages due to the Wuhan coronavirus.

The Beijing Consensus: Exporting Authoritarian Governance to Africa

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Africa’s emulation of the China model doesn’t stop at the economy.

Wuhan Coronavirus: A Global Challenge of Unprecedented Scale

A computer-generated model of the Wuhan Coronavirus, CDC, public domain, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2019-nCoV-CDC-23312.png#/media/File:2019-nCoV-CDC-23311.png

What are health experts saying about the risks posed by the virus?

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