North America

Is the Era of Expensive Oil Over?

November 19, 2014 by Rachel Bronson and Andy Morimoto
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Oil prices are going down and going down fast. Since June, the price of Brent crude has dropped nearly 30 percent, and some expect prices to tumble further. Do these prices signal a new era of cheap oil, or are they a temporary drop in an otherwise expensive energy future?

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Foreign Policy in the Time of Cholera

October 23, 2014 by Adam Houston, Peggy Chateauneuf and Beatrice Lindstrom
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In response to a lawsuit filed against the United Nations for introducing cholera into Haiti, the U.S. is coming to the UN’s defense, supporting its legal immunity. In so doing, it has missed a critical opportunity to further its stated foreign policy goals.

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What the New NATO Secretary General Appointment Means for the Arctic

April 8, 2014 by Iveta Cherneva
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Even as NATO tries to fashion a response to the crisis on its eastern frontier in Ukraine, the appointment of Norway’s former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General should alert global attention to another region: the Arctic.

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For Russia Impasse, Go For The Gas

March 11, 2014 by Luke Tarbi
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The United States should take discernible, concrete steps to weaken Russia’s power and influence in Ukraine, including explicit support for Europe in reducing their reliance on Russian gas imports.

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How Free Trade Can Revitalize Transatlantic Relations

January 23, 2014 by Erik Brattberg
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Notwithstanding recent strains on the U.S.-EU relationship, pressing forward with a transatlantic free trade agreement is a promising way forward for economic growth and political and security cooperation.

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Strengthening the Arctic Council: A Means of Curbing Climate Change

July 30, 2013 by Nina Jensen
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Arctic Council member states need to apply the Council’s environmental policy recommendations into their own national policy to tackle the rapid climatic and environmental challenges facing the region and the planet.

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