Blogs & Opinion


Climate Change is a Security Threat

27 March 2017 | Melanne Verveer

Climate change is a security threat and a vulnerability multiplier. It affects human security, food security, water security, energy security—and women’s security.   The security threat starts...

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To Defeat Terrorism In Afghanistan, Start With Opium Crops in Nangarhar Province

26 March 2017 | Anders Corr

This month, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed an attack on a military hospital in Kabul, killing more than 40 civilians and defenseless patients. The attack came two days aft...

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Keeping Myanmar's Lights On

25 March 2017 | Tony Nash

Myanmar is one of the world's fastest growing economies, with projected annual growth of 7.8% in gross domestic product for the financial year to March 31 2017, according to the World Bank. Only those...

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Ken Conca on the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Water Conflict and Cooperation

24 March 2017 | Lauren Herzer Risi

In international development, conflict is often used as shorthand for violent conflict, and avoiding conflict is considered a priority. But “it’s important to recognize that conflict is not always...

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Why Our Human Rights Depend on Turning Conflict into Conservation

24 March 2017 | Alex Reid

Biodiversity hotspots cover just 1.4% of the planet’s surface, yet 80% of major armed conflicts between 1950 and 2000 occurred in these areas. This figure should be striking, but the connections be...

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Advancing U.S. Prosperity and Security in a Thirsty World

22 March 2017 | Jane Harman and Carter Roberts

The waters of Lake Chad sustain 70 million people in four countries. Beginning in the 1970s, the 25,000-square-kilometer lake began shrinking due to excessive drawdown for agriculture and mining. Now...

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Hydropower Threatens Peace in Myanmar -- But It Doesn't Have To

22 March 2017 | Noah Kittner and Kensuke Yamaguchi

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration's move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves t...

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European Conflict Minerals Regulation — Details on What EU Importers Must Do

22 March 2017 | Dynda A. Thomas and Christina Economides

The proposed European Union conflict minerals regulation has almost reached the last step before becoming an official EU regulation. On March 16, 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve the reg...

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Industry Divided Over Future of US Conflict Minerals Rule

21 March 2017 | Kelly Franklin

Companies and industries affected by the US conflict minerals rule have different views on whether the conflict minerals reporting rule should be maintained, modified or fully repealed.   Thousands o...

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Afghanistan’s Water Plans Complicated by Worried Neighbors

20 March 2017 | Elizabeth B. Hessami

More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Union attempted to harness hydropower to modernize Afghanistan. Between 1960 and 1968, they poured money and technical knowledge into the 100-meter Naghlu gravity da...

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