Lately President Vladimir Putin of Russia has transformed what others saw as either his tactical nimbleness or dangerous unpredictability into performance art. Putin’s actions may not always achieve a positive result, however. The annexation of Crimea and expanding conflict in Donbas in Ukraine caused severe damage to the Russian economy and to the standard of living of average Russians.
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The rapid drop in oil prices over the past six months has spawned a wide range of (at times, conflicting) conspiracy theories on how and why oil prices are falling.
In 2013, global mining revenues  were roughly $731 billion, or about five and a half times total annual official development assistance (ODA).
Perhaps no other energy topic today elicits such starkly polarized attitudes as coal. Coal is vilified as a dirty fuel by some and praised as a necessary means for developing economies to modernize by others. These debates are unlikely to subside, as coal is the second-largest primary energy source in the world today and coal consumption is expected to keep growing for decades to come.
Opinion surveys demonstrate that a majority of Americans consider Asia the most important region to U.S. interests, and a majority of Asia experts support the Obama administration’s goal of a “pivot” or “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region.
A large number of commentaries have characterized the current oil market decline, down more than 40 percent since June, as a sort of stand-off between Middle Eastern oil producers and the tight oil producers in the United States.
On December 11, Bloomberg News reported that swaps traders are more certain than ever that Venezuela will default on its debt as falling oil prices add pressure to already-strained government finances and drive the country’s bond prices to a 16-year low.
Roughly a year since all of its nuclear reactors came offline, Japan has begun seeing rising momentum towards a nuclear restart. In early November, two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Kagoshima Prefecture received much needed consent to resume operation from its host prefecture governor, taking them a step closer for an actual restart.
On September 17, 2014, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Hitotsubashi University co-hosted a workshop at the International House of Japan in Tokyo to explore the nonproliferation implications of Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle decisions.