Program News

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by BBC on UN New York Climate Conference

September 30, 2014
On Sep 28, CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by BBC In the Balance with other environmental experts discussing about global warming. During the interview, Turner commented on China's efforts and ambitions of curbing carbon emission and expanding renewable energy, as well as its water-energy-agriculture nexus.

Russia's 'Potemkin Village' Elections

September 30, 2014
"To understand voting in Russia, it helps to have a literary turn of mind, an appreciation of the Kafkaesque lengths to which the authorities will go to constrain the opposition," writes Jill Dougherty.

Addicted to Putin

September 30, 2014
"Russians have come to depend on their belief in Putin as much as he depends on their support. Instead of serving as a source of stability, as it did in the past, this mutual dependence is driving Russia toward political and economic isolation – with serious consequences for ordinary Russians’ livelihoods," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Iran’s Dinner Diplomacy

September 30, 2014
"It’s crunch time for diplomacy on Iran’s controversial nuclear program." Last year, President Rouhani answered Obama's question of possible coöperation on other matters with a "Persian proverb: 'Let’s raise the baby we just gave birth to before we have another.' This year, given the success of ISIS, the Iranians seem to be in a bit more of a hurry to get that process started" says Robin Wright.

Performance and Power from Kabuki to Go Go

September 30, 2014
"Emerging during periods of profound economic change, these art forms (kabuki and Go Go) were products of the social vacuum left by conflicts over power. They expressed the frustrations and struggles of social groups that were on the losing end of those skirmishes; and they did so in ways that were unvarnished and potent," writes Blair Ruble.

Venezuelan U.N. Security Council spot could be thorn in the side for U.S. officials

September 29, 2014
This article about Venezuela's bid to secure a a non-permanent spot on the U.N. Security Council, quotes Latin American Program Associate Director Eric Olson.

Is There a New Crack in the West’s Sanctions Regime Against Russia?

September 29, 2014
"Obama needs to lay out in precise terms the conditions that could lead Washington to consider a change in its Russian sanctions policy. Otherwise, the EU may use Obama’s U.N. speech as an opportunity to reconsider its current sanctions — to the clear detriment of U.S. business and national security interests," writes Will Pomeranz.
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What is the reality? - The Expert Take

September 26, 2014
With time, the coverage, quality, and timeliness of economic data published in Mexico has changed. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI for its Spanish acronym) does quality work but has paces and delimited periods for technical reasons. Banco de México (the central bank of Mexico) does the same. On the other side, the Ministry of Finance (SHYCP for its acronym in Spanish) has declined in detail and timeliness. In other agencies, the information is published with substantial delays.

The Great-Power Summit Most Americans Don't Know About

September 26, 2014
"India's new prime minister is coming to Washington. Considering the stakes for both nations, a stronger partnership is badly needed," write Michael Kugelman and Ray Vickery.

Sexual Violence Under ISIS Control

September 25, 2014
"You should focus on 50% of the population, which is women, and see what is happening to them. You should mention them, you should have the courage to say 'yes this is done to our women; this is done to our sisters, daughters, wives...'" said Haleh Esfandiari.

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