InsightOut Issue 2 - Missed Opportunity? Chinese Clean Energy Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

Jun 10, 2015
When foreign investors locate new energy projects in the United States, U.S. workers and consumers benefit. These investments, particularly in clean energy, help maintain and upgrade infrastructure, reduce carbon pollution, lower energy costs, and increase the nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and global oil market shocks.

Kennan Cable No.8: Is Moldova Headed East?

Jun 09, 2015
William H. Hill explains how the current, Western-oriented ruling coalition in Moldova could be headed for defeat in the coming local elections on June 14 and beyond.

How the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization Can Promote Fair Trade

Jun 09, 2015
Exchange rates affect international trade, and they can be skewed by countries that are capable of buying and selling large amounts of currency to counter market trends. The International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization are charged with curbing such trade-distorting practices, but they could increase their effectiveness by improving communication and collaboration.

Can a Nuclear Deal Help Iran’s Young Labor Force?

Jun 04, 2015
Iran is poised to reap a vast “demographic dividend” if the appropriate national and international policies are adopted, including a nuclear deal with the P5+1. It is about time for Iran to capitalize on its human capital by allowing its young and educated labor force to compete in the global market. Countries generally have only one chance to reap the demographic dividend as they go through the demographic transition. Iran cannot afford to miss it.

Economic Impact and Legal Analysis of the Shale Oil and Gas Activities in Mexico

Jun 03, 2015
Opportunities for unconventional or shale oil and gas production in Mexico are in the earliest stages of development. Due to its close proximity to major shale field development in South and West Texas, Mexico is particularly well positioned to take advantage of unconventional extraction techniques. However significant challenges will have to be addressed.

Confronting Terror-affiliated Hacktivists

May 28, 2015
The cyberthreat posed by terror groups today looks less like war than hacktivism—the use of online subversion or sabotage, often by loosely networked actors, to boost a political agenda. Within these opportunistic webs of affiliation, whether a hacker has an operational link to a terrorist organization is largely irrelevant. Any sympathizer can use digital tools to deface websites for propaganda value, encourage acts of violence, or cause economic disruption. In response, firms and governments can do more to improve defenses, educate users, and monitor hacktivist capabilities.
The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points, edited by Lorenz M. Lüthi

The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points

May 21, 2015
The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East systematically explores the crucial turning points in the Cold War on all of its diverse fronts and examines the mutual interconnections of events in diverse regional Cold War theaters.

Stark Choice in Iraq

May 20, 2015
U.S. officials have been deluding themselves that they can fight ISIS in Iraq without cooperating with the Shi’a militias and Iran. The defeat in Ramadi proves them wrong. The goal of the new intervention in Iraq is to defeat ISIS. The United States needs to focus on that goal and work with the militias, or get out.

The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order

May 19, 2015
Despite its legal status, Germany has never been an ordinary non-nuclear weapons state. In "The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order," Andreas Lutsch explores the historical dimensions of Germany's ambiguous position in the global nuclear order and re-examines Germany's efforts to revise its NATO role as a host for US nuclear weapons.

“Buddhism in Post-Soviet Russia: The Geographic Contexts of Revival”

May 15, 2015
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with former Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Edward (Ted) Holland to hear his reflections on his fellowship. Dr. Holland is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Miami University, Havighurst Center. See the discussion below on issues concerning religion and identity in some of Russia’s non-ethnic Russian republics today.