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Edward Morse on shale, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Iran under Rouhani, Tyler Cowen on Thomas Piketty, and more.

Power to the People

Gideon Rose and Jonathan Tepperman
When we started putting together a package on the rapidly evolving future of energy, our first thought was to survey exciting innovations across the sector. But the closer we looked, the more we realized that one big thing -- shale -- loomed above the rest.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple

G. John Ikenberry
This is the most original and thought-provoking forecast of the future of world politics to be published in recent years.
Jonathan Hopkin and Mark Blyth

Wealthy Russian expats seem to wield substantial influence over the British government's approach to the Ukraine crisis, which points to the outsized role that such super-rich play in British politics. But all that foreign money reveals deep structural weaknesses in the British economy.

Participants attend an anti-war rally at Independence Square in Kiev, March 23, 2014.
Alina Polyakova

By inking a deal with Russia last week, the West seemed to sign on to Russia’s strategy for the region -- “federalism” or, more likely, partition. The agreement itself quickly fell through, but Russia now has the West's acquiescence in writing.

Cynthia J. Arnson and Carlos de la Torre

It’s tempting to conclude that Venezuela's ongoing street protests mark the beginning of the end of the Chávez-Maduro regime. But in demanding greater democracy, the Venezuelan protesters have highlighted that their country, like much of the region, has long been divided over the very meaning of the term.

Change your perspective: A worker cleans the windows of a building in Beijing's central business district, April 4, 2007.
Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner

Asia is going to command ever more attention and resources from the United States, thanks to the region’s growing prosperity and influence and the enormous challenges the region poses. The Obama administration’s pivot or rebalancing makes sense; the challenge now is giving it proper form, substance, and resources.

Hisham Aidi

Washington is increasingly worried that European Muslims, alienated from their home countries, could pose a threat to the West. They've decided to mitigate that risk by leveraging the popularity of African American culture -- and of hip-hop music, above all.

A Romanian special forces member disembarks from a helicopter.
Michael O'Hanlon

Should Russia march into eastern Ukraine, the best way to respond would be to set up a permanent brigade of American light forces in the most vulnerable NATO members, namely, the Baltics -- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.