When Xi Jinping was China’s vice president visiting the United States in 2012, he declared that U.S.-China economic relations provide the ballast and the propeller for the entire bilateral relationship. President Xi is coming to visit the United States again in September. The ballast needs adjustment, and the propeller needs oil.
The New Ice Curtain explores Russia’s strategic ambitions for its Arctic region—an understudied and underappreciated area that encompasses nearly the entire northern coast of Eurasia.
Much of the examination of the Iran nuclear agreement has focused on the funds that would be released once Iran complied with the terms of the agreement. Some estimates of the near term cash benefit that Iran will receive have gone as high as $150 billion – although U.S.
On August 11, 2015 Japan restarted a nuclear reactor after two years of having zero nuclear electric power generation. The Sendai Nuclear Power Station’s Unit 1 resumed operation roughly four years after the March 2011 severe nuclear accident in Fukushima, which eventually led the country’s 50-plus reactor fleet to come offline.
Much of the examination of the Iran nuclear agreement has focused on the funds that would be released once Iran complied with the terms of the agreement. Some estimates of such funding have gone as high as $150 billion—although U.S. experts put the total at $100 billion and note that some $50 billion of this money has already been obligated.
On August 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two final rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil-fired power plants. The rule represents the first-ever national standard on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Ongoing troubles in the West Papua region, and the unwanted attention they have garnered, are a sore spot for Indonesian authorities. They undermine the larger narrative of an Indonesia finally at peace with itself, consolidating its democracy and putting the ghosts of its past human rights abuses to bed.
Japan has been on the receiving end of some sharp criticism in the wake of the recent G7 meeting for its stance on climate change.
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In April, the United States assumed the two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council – an intergovernmental forum of eight Arctic countries and six indigenous organizations -- at a moment of great change and challenge for the Arctic.