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Economics

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Philippa Brant

Over the past few years, China's aid to Pacific Island countries has increased, but few understand the full amount of money Beijing has given to its neighbors. Here's where the money has gone.

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Christopher Sabatini

Cheap oil is generating headaches for Latin American countries that bet on high prices. Here's how Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela are managing the downturn. 

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Vito Laterza and Patience Mususa

Zambia is managing a boom in its copper mining industry and is on the verge of repaying its international debts. Political uncertainty following President Michael Sata's death, however, could unravel the country's progress.

Environment

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Ira Trivedi

India’s environmental crisis is not just endangering human lives, but is also holding back the country’s economy. For Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, this story isn’t new.

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Scott Moore

China and the United States were once the greatest barriers to a comprehensive global climate agreement. No longer: India is now the last stumbling block standing in the way. It's still possible, however, to get New Delhi on board. Washingtion just needs to offer the right incentives.

Postscript,
Carter Roberts

Earth Overshoot Day is the date on which humanity’s demand for natural resources exceeds the earth’s ability to renew them in a year. Last year, we hit that mark on August 20. This year, it comes one day earlier. For the remainder of 2014, in other words, we will be living beyond our planet’s means.

Security

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Alex Vatanka

Iran may have been happy to see Yemen's pro-Western government ousted last January, but Tehran's influence there is far more limited than many assume.

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Geoffrey Howard

ISIS is no longer just an Iraq and Syria problem. For months now, the terrorist group has been pushing into Libya as well.

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Ali Wyne

The strategy behind the U.S. pivot to Asia has a missing link: a stronger role in Latin America.

Law & Institutions

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Michael T. Klare

The debate over whether U.S. interests abroad are better served by hard power or soft power is perennial. Now there is a third option—energy power—about which Democrats and Republicans seem to agree.

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Kathryn Sikkink and Bridget Marchesi

In December 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission completed what may be Latin America’s last major investigation into human rights abuses during the twentieth century. The report names names and calls for prosecutions, but whether its findings will lead to justice for the victims remains an open question.

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Conor Seyle

Governments have traditionally combatted piracy with brute military force. More recently, however, states have opted for a different approach and seen surprising success.

Politics & Society

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Maria Eriksson Baaz, Didier Gondola, Esther Marijnen, Judith Verweijen, Paul Katembo Vikanza, Koen Vlassenroot, Tatiana Carayannis, Kevin Dunn, James Fairhead, Stephan Hochleithner, Chrispin Mvano, Eric Mwamba, and Blaise Muhire

The Oscar-nominated film Virunga omits crucial aspects of the park's violent colonial origins and marginalizes Congolese voices.

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Jennifer Lind

Japan and South Korea may never be as cozy as France and Germany are today, but certain conditions, or enemies, can push them to reconcile.

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Christopher Sabatini

Cheap oil is generating headaches for Latin American countries that bet on high prices. Here's how Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela are managing the downturn. 

U.S. Policy

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Vito Laterza and Patience Mususa

Zambia is managing a boom in its copper mining industry and is on the verge of repaying its international debts. Political uncertainty following President Michael Sata's death, however, could unravel the country's progress.

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Brent E. Sasley

Observers accuse Netanyahu of using his recent speech to the U.S. Congress to drum up support in the upcoming Israeli election. But even there, his talk will probably matter very little.

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Janine Davidson

The president’s second National Security Strategy articulates a belief in a peaceful, rules-based international order; it also reaffirms the fact that none of this can happen without the leadership of the United States.