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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.
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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.
An Iraqi woman holds her child onboard a carriage at Baghdad central railway station, 2003.
Isobel Coleman

In the run up to this spring's parliamentary elections, Iraqis are debating a new personal status law. Supporters claim that the law will give Shia more freedom to practice their religion. Opponents argue that it would promote sectarianism and seriously undermine the rights of women and children by permitting unfettered polygamy, a Taliban-like restriction on women’s movement, child marriage for girls as young as nine, unequal divorce and custody, and an end to interreligious marriage.

Elisabeth Brocking

The West has drastically misread the likely effect that international monitors will have in Ukraine. Monitors are far more likely to participate in a tacit partition than a peaceful reunification of Ukraine.

Nikos Tsafos

Energy, although very important for some industries, is a marginal driver for industrial activity overall. That is why cheap energy won't lead to a manufacturing boom in the United States.

Zachary Karabell

The notion that a few simple numbers such as GDP or inflation can capture today’s multifaceted economic systems is a myth worth abandoning. Instead, economists should ask specific new questions and embrace new ways of answering them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, December 14, 2007.
Andrew Wilson

Belarus signed up early to join the Eurasian Union, but has started hedging its bets since Russia's annexation of Crimea -- and understandably so. According to Putin’s reasoning for seizing Crimea, Belarus could be the next target.

Members of Vietnam's air force search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, March 2014.
David A. Welch

We have come to appreciate that our rapidly increasing technological sophistication -- which has brought such benefits as safe and convenient air travel -- carries with it potential costs. It gives us greater ability to destroy, of course. But, it can also lead to the creation of vulnerable, tightly-connected, and inadequately resilient systems. And in those systems, individuals and organizations are often the weakest links -- as the recent Malaysia Airlines disaster makes clear.