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MDG Review Summit & Clinton Global Initiative Meetings

A recent poll I stumbled upon via UN News Wire asks readers what they thought was the most important lesson learned from the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goal Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meetings, which took Manhattan and the world by storm last week. The answer? With an overwhelming 46+ percentage of the vote, the answer… Read more »

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China & the U.S.: The Greentech “Race”

Recently I stumbled upon an interesting article that was originally published in the Yale Environment 360 online magazine — the title of the piece was “Are America’s Fears of a Greentech Race with China Unfounded?” At the bottom of the article there was a voting function where readers could opine on whether they believed the U.S. should fear a greening… Read more »

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Saudi Arabia’s Regional Threats

Saudi Arabia is surrounded by some of the most unstable and dangerous countries in the Middle East, as the Kingdom shares a 814-kilometer boundary with Iraq, 1,458-kilometer boundary with Yemen, 2,510-kilometer coastline on the Gulf and the Red Sea with Iran — which is only a five-minute jet fighter flight away. So, Saudi Arabia is confronted… Read more »

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The Flower that Fuels the War

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the NATO forces in the town of Marja no longer seek to eradicate the poppy fields, as they are trying to build support among the villagers rather than destroy more livelihoods. While the new burst of conflict-sensitivity is welcome, the real conundrum remains. Eradicating the poppy plantations has hurt the poorest… Read more »

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The Fairer Sex?

One of the reasons to invade Afghanistan was to liberate the population from the medieval rule of the Taliban. In most senses that has happened, as the Taliban is only strong in pockets and has recently been facing a military surge. All of that being said, there has been rising discomfort that the new government… Read more »

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Iran Going Nuclear: The Way Ahead

Iran is trying to become the indispensable power in the region,1 but has not been able to translate its geopolitical assets — from being at crossroads between the Caspian, the Gulf, the Arab world and the subcontinent2 — into political advantages leading to regional hegemony. The Iranian nuclear program unites most countries in the region and beyond, who… Read more »

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The Promise of Solar Power in India

With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, India is a country where solar power can technically flourish. In an act of recognition and confirmation of this potential, the Government of India announced in November 2009 an ambitious nation-wide initiative to promote solar energy. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a major… Read more »