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- newsApril 22, 2014Edward Morse on shale, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Iran under Rouhani, Tyler Cowen on Thomas Piketty, and more.
- capsule reviewBy Andrew Moravcsik -May/June 2014How well does the EU promote multilateral action to solve global problems?
- essayBy Mohammad Javad Zarif -May/June 2014With the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran and Washington have a unique opportunity to chart a new course. Ongoing nuclear negotiations face no insurmountable barriers; the only requirements for success are good faith and political will.
- reviewBy Tyler Cowen -May/June 2014Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century is a truly important a book, a groundbreaking work of analysis of economic inequality. It is frequently brilliant, but also flawed, and its policy recommendations are wildly impractical.
- commentaryBy David M. Levinson -May/June 2014Electric vehicles account for only a fraction of cars sold, but they are far more efficient than gasoline-powered ones and technological advances are making them look more promising than ever before. For the first time in a century, a real competition over how to power transportation is underway.
- reviewBy Margarita Estévez-Abe -May/June 2014David Pilling's useful book, Bending Adversity, takes a relatively hopeful view of the conservative nationalism advocated by Japanese president Shinzo Abe. But a more thorough accounting of Japan’s recent past and the country's political system would suggest a less sanguine outlook.
- commentaryBy Fred Krupp -May/June 2014The shale revolution carries real environmental dangers, especially the release of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. It still has the potential to benefit the environment as well as the economy, but only if industry and government work together to deal with the problems.
- commentaryBy Sharon E. Burke -May/June 2014The Defense Department is the United States’ largest energy consumer, but it’s also a major incubator of cutting-edge technologies. To cut fuel demands and meet new threats, the Pentagon is transforming the U.S. military from an organization that uses as much fuel as it can get to one that uses only as much as it needs.