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The German Energy Gamble

Bibi van der Zee/ The Ecologist

The Ecologist’s political writer, Bibi van der Zee, asks whether the German’s energy policy is a crazy punt, or an example to be followed by other states.

Europe Consuming More Coal

Michael Birnbaum/ The Washington Post

Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal

Why Russia’s Soft Power is too Soft

Fyodor Lukyanov/ Russia & India Report

Soft power has become the recent focus of discussion around Russia’s foreign policy. Observers argue that Moscow, which still believes in the decisive role of weapons and other traditional elements of power, is losing the information and image war

 The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change is Costing You

Coral Davenport/ National Journal

While policymakers fiddle, the threat of economic harm posed by rising sea levels, devastating storms, and drought is growing every day.

 The Other Resource Curse

Michael Levi/ Foreign Policy

Moving away from fossil fuels could be devastating for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Syria’s Druze minority is shifting its support to the opposition

Babak Dehghanpishe/ The Washington Post

Members of Syria’s Druze community, a small but significant religious minority, are joining the opposition in bigger numbers, ramping up pressure on the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to opposition activists and rebel military commanders.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Resumption of Talks in Kazakhstan Offers Window of Opportunity for P5+1 and Iran

Marianne Nari Fisher

The P5+1 and Iran are set to resume talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 26. While several meetings between technical experts were held last fall, this represents the first high-level political meeting since June 2012. All members of the P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany – will be present to…

International Action on Climate Change will Take the Lead in Obama’s Second Term

Andrew Holland

The question now becomes: what can President Obama do about climate change? He made action on climate change a central argument during his 2008 campaign and early in his first term, but failed in the effort to pass major emissions reduction legislation through Congress. While the stimulus had many important clean energy sections, it is unclear whether these will result in lasting changes in our economy.

Event Review: What should we do with nuclear outliers?

Katharyn Nicolle

Yesterday, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Robert Litwak spoke at George Washington University about subjects addressed in his recently published book, Outlier States, as a part of the Elliot School of International Affairs’ talks on nuclear policy.

Is the U.S. On Track To Cutting Carbon Emissions? New Report Says ‘Not Yet’

Danielle Parillo

World Resources Institute released a new report saying that the United States is not yet on track to reaching its goal of cutting carbon emissions 17% by 2020. This report lays out four recommendations on how to achieve this goal with the help from federal, state, and local government.

BPC Report Calls for Regulatory Overhaul for Electricity Grid

Nicholas Cunningham

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report that calls for reforming the governance of the nation’s electricity grid. The focus of the report is on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to allow swifter construction of transmission lines, with a careful balance between state and federal authority.