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International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Iran goes to the polls. Trump travels to Saudi Arabia. Swiss vote on energy. Eurozone discusses Greek debt. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

Protests threaten China’s nuclear energy plans

NIMBYism is on the rise in China, and without better dialogue between stakeholders, threatens to undermine Beijing’s efforts to meet its COP21 goals.

Asia Pacific Security

East Asian plutonium policies risk regional stability

Major countries in East Asia are either considering or already engaging in reprocessing spent fuel from nuclear power plants—a procedure that builds vulnerable stockpiles of plutonium. Intentions notwithstanding, the policies present serious nuclear and radiological risks.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Five years after Fukushima, Japan’s nuclear sector still frozen

Half a decade and billions of dollars after the Fukushima disaster, Japan’s nuclear sector remains frozen. Is there hope for a successful restart? Before 2011, nuclear power accounted for roughly

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Forecasting China’s nuclear industry growth in 2016

Despite appearing poised to miss key nuclear industry goals throughout the majority of 2015, a late-December push from Beijing towards significant expansion suggests that China’s nuclear industry is positioned for notable

Economics Europe

Challenges for UK ‘golden era’ ties with China

Last week, Xi Jinping concluded his first official visit to the UK. The tour ended with a series of deals worth $60 billion. While business investors are looking to deepen trade

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Taiwan’s energy security in question

Taiwanese citizens and politicians alike are corralling around ideas likely to bring greater energy insecurity to the small island nation. The prospects of renewable energy present an inkling of promise,

Economics Latin America

China and Argentina relations to grow despite Kirchner comments

China and Argentina have recently implemented a string of agreements that are sure to prove beneficial for both countries. We can expect relations to stay warm and active in the

Politics South and Central Asia

India’s nuclear energy future at risk in elections

As Indian voters go to the polls this month, the choices they make in the voting booth will mark the future of nuclear energy in India. The young Aam Aadmi Party

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Energy Prices Drive Inflation in Japan

Japan’s efforts to increase inflation are getting a boost from energy prices, yet overall inflation rates continue to be below government targets of 2%. Inflation up Japanese consumer prices increased