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Solar panel field and wind turbines

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Book - Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources

| 2018

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.

Staff members of Hanson Robotics control their company's flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. September 28, 2017 (Kin Cheung/Associated Press).

Kin Cheung/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Machines Ate My Homework

| Feb. 12, 2018

Are we living through the re-mystification of the world?

Much that goes on around us is baffling these days. Financial market movements, for example, seem increasingly mysterious. Why, after close to a decade of sustained recovery from the nadir of early 2009, did global stock markets sell off so sharply this month?

A member of Australia's Stolen Generation wipes tears away as they listen to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd deliver his speech where he apologized to its indigenous people for past treatment that "inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss," in Canberra, Australia. February 13, 2008. (Mark Baker/Associated Press, Pool). Keywords: Australia, Stolen Generation, Aborigines, Kevin Rudd

Mark Baker/Associated Press, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The Advertiser

Ten Years After Saying Sorry There Is Still Work to Do

| Feb. 08, 2018

It’s important to remember the National Apology didn’t come out of the blue. We had all seen the “Bringing Them Home Report” detailing the tragic stories of the Stolen Generations. This had led to the “Sorry Day” marches across the country where hundreds of thousands of Australians from all sides of politics said with a single voice it was time to say sorry. And as Leader of the Labor Party going into the 2007 election, I had said I would deliver a formal apology on behalf of the entire nation if I became Prime Minister. And that is what I did. For all of us.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes his seat for a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Axios

Trump's Nuclear Review Could Trigger a Chain Reaction in Asia

| Feb. 08, 2018

"Just as U.S. nuclear strategy and arsenal expansions affect those of China, China's nuclear shifts affect India's threat perceptions. Pakistan, in turn, pays close attention to any growth in Indian nuclear forces. To avoid a nuclear chain reaction in Asia, Congress should take a stand against proliferation and refuse to fund these new weapons programs."

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Policy Brief

Verifying the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Providing Assurance against Breakout

| February 2018

Effective verification will be absolutely essential to achieving nuclear disarmament. Developing effective verification may seem an impossible challenge, but there is substantial experience to build on, including IAEA safeguards and bilateral arms control processes. Examining the specific steps required to progress disarmament, we are not starting with a blank sheet, many verification missions are similar to those existing or under development today. International collaboration in developing new verification applications will contribute to the confidence and trust required to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Steve Erhart answers a question during a news conference on the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

The World Doesn't Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

| Feb. 06, 2018

"In short, the Posture Review is recommending not just the prudent preservation of an effective deterrent; it also wants the American taxpayer to pay for a lot of expensive new ways to use a nuclear bomb. Not because its authors want to fight a nuclear war, mind you, but because they believe having this capability will make their country more secure."

East Asia as seen from space

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Report - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

International Cooperation in East Asia to Address Climate Change

| February 2018

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements has released a volume of fifteen briefs examining approaches to international cooperation in East Asia to address climate change. Most authors were participants in a research workshop conducted by the Harvard Project on September 27, 2017, and the volume builds upon the discussions in that forum. Authors are social scientists (economists, political scientists) and legal scholars who have studied climate-change policy, plus several policy practitioners. They are based in Japan, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 4, 2017. 

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

The Autocrat's Achilles' Heel

| Feb. 02, 2018

"There seem to be no effective checks to Putin and Xi’s growing ambitions. Both leaders, however, could be making a strategic error. They are staking their countries’ futures, and international trajectories, on one thing: themselves. Throughout their respective reigns, Putin and Xi have taken steps to consolidate their personal control on power. This may work as a stabilizing mechanism in the short term, but in the long term, can exacerbate inherent domestic tensions that could eventually undermine their rule."

Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hits in Gaza City. August 26, 2014 (Adel Hana/Associated Press). Keywords: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, airstrike, Israel

Adel Hana/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump Wants to Attack North Korea? He Should Learn from Israel First

| Feb. 01, 2018

If the Trump administration is really thinking about trying to give North Korea a “bloody nose” with a limited military attack, it should look carefully at Israel’s experience — which shows the possible benefits of a quick strike but also the difficulty of keeping a lid on a conflict once it starts.