Sea Change

How to Save the Oceans

Alan B. Sielen
Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, June 13, 2010.
Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, June 13, 2010. (Sean Gardner / Courtesy Reuters)
There is no shortage of international recommendations, action plans, and other prescriptions for restoring the oceans’ health. The problem is not ignorance but political will. Yet the longer governments and societies delay action, the worse things will get. Here are some things they can start doing now.
Snapshot

Avoiding Africa's Oil Curse

Ricardo Soares De Oliveira
The countries of East Africa are in the early throes of an oil boom, with an unprecedented opportunity for economic development. Unless they avoid the mistakes of those before them, though, the region's governments could easily squander it.
Snapshot

Ukraine's Legal Problems

Maria Popova
It is not surprising that the new government in Kiev has focused on clearing out the judiciary and emancipating it from its political subservience. But how it has gone about that will only make Ukraine's problems worse.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: War Time: An Idea

Lawrence D. Freedman
In this intriguing little book, Dudziak asks, does “wartime” begin and end?
A Syrian refugee looks out from a bus as he arrives near the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, August 9, 2012.
Snapshot
Kemal Kirisci and Raj Salooja

Turkey has maintained a generous open-door policy for Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to pour into the country, Turkey must address their long-term status within its borders.

A statue of Lenin in Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria.
Snapshot
Mitchell A. Orenstein and Kálmán Mizsei

On April 3, the EU announced that it would grant visa-free travel to Moldovans. The move was the latest salvo in a raging battle for Moldova, a second front in a struggle between the EU and Russia for the lands in between them.

Snapshot
J. Berkshire Miller

When U.S. President Barack Obama touches down in Asia later this month for a long-overdue trip, he will have a daunting challenge ahead of him: pushing Washington’s two major regional allies together.

Locals walk by the "Soldier and Sailor" memorial in the Crimean port town of Sevastopol, March 30, 2014.
Postscript
Keith Darden

For the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming. The primary protagonists, by most accounts, are Russia and the West. The bit of territory that they are clawing at -- Ukraine -- has largely been eclipsed. Yet inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events.

The stage of the Great Hall of the People is reflected in a journalist's binoculars, October 15, 2007.
Review Essay
Minxin Pei

As the United States and China try to keep their relationship from exploding, one might think that leading technocratic experts in both countries would be a force for calm rather than conflict. A new collection of essays dispels any such hope.

Icicles hang in front of a VTB Bank office in central Moscow, January 21, 2013.
Snapshot
Robert Kahn

Although sanctions have a spotty record of achieving political objectives, they could be unusually powerful in Russia. The country's relationship to global financial markets -- integrated, highly leveraged, and opaque -- creates vulnerability, which sanctions could exploit to produce a Russian “Lehman moment”: a sharp, rapid deleveraging with major consequences for Russia’s ability to trade and invest.

Discussion