Blogs & Opinion


What Happens the Day after the Kurdish Referendum?

15 August 2017 | Michael Rubin

On September 25, Iraqi Kurds will head to the polls not only in Iraqi Kurdistan, but also in territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad to vote in a referendum on whether Iraqi Kurdistan should be...

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Where Will Myanmar's Energy Come From?

4 August 2017 | Amara Thiha

Myanmar’s high growth in electricity demand — rising by around 13 percent annually — is a challenge for the government. Demand is estimated to reach 4,500 MW by 2020 and 13,410 MW in 2030....

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Solar Energy — Putting Power back into the Hands of Ordinary Gazans

3 August 2017 | Sara Badiei

"We have electricity for two hours every 24 hours," says a high-ranking energy official in Gaza. Up to just 10 years ago, Gaza enjoyed full, round-the-clock electricity supply 24 hours a day. But by 2...

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From Reports to Results: How the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Makes Transparency Count

3 August 2017 | Christoph Buchberger

How do you make sure that increased transparency in the natural resource sector yields the desired results? The Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) asked itself this question e...

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China-Vietnam Relations Fall to a One-Year Low over a New Maritime Dispute

2 August 2017 | Ralph Jennings

After a world court tribunal ruled last year in July that Beijing lacked legal rights to claim most of the South China Sea, it stepped up talks with the chief maritime disputant Vietnam. Vietnam and C...

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Will Afghanistan's Minerals Shape Trump's Policy Toward the Region?

2 August 2017 | Ahmad Shah Katawazai

In addition to Afghanistan’s geopolitical and geostrategic importance, its lucrative mineral resources — estimated to be worth between $1 and $3 trillion  — could be one of the major justifi...

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Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Keep the Minerals!

1 August 2017 | Eric Levitz

Donald Trump spent most of his campaign sounding like the adult son of George Wallace and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. But every once in a while, he’d sound like Noam Chomsky.   “We have done a...

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Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

1 August 2017 | Catherine Putz

The Trump administration would benefit from recalling the cautionary adage “All that glitters is not gold” when contemplating the theoretical wealth of resources hidden in Afghanistan’s hills. ...

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Pushing for Progress on Abyei

31 July 2017 | Enough Project

The six years following the signing of the June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area have proved the inability, or perhaps the unwillingness,...

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Water Wars: Jockeying for Black Gold in the South China Sea - China Leverages Its Growing Military Presence, Threatening Vietnam and Building Ties with the Philippines

31 July 2017 | Jimmy Chalk and Sarah Grant

This week China made waves in the South China Sea’s hydrocarbon space, hinting at joint venture opportunities with the Philippines and coercing Vietnam into shutting off the flow of natural gas with...

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