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Asia Pacific Security

Why a nuclear Japan would not solve the North Korea threat

Amid escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington, some believe a North Korea-US war is a ‘real possibility’. It has been suggested that Japan should support the US and stabilize the

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Nuclear summit brings leaders to Washington D.C. Mixed data on U.S. economy. Fed Reserve chair speaks. U.S. unemployment might fall. China releases manufacturing data. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. Nuclear security summit

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

Middle East/North Africa Politics

How do Iranians feel about the nuclear deal?

A great deal has been written on the economic impact this will have and the related political and financial risks associated with the opening up of Iran.  However, much less

North America Security

The Pentagon’s New Nuclear Gravity Bomb

Despite its advertisement as a low-yield, lower-risk alternative to existing missile models, the recently tested B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb presents several risks that may in fact elevate the threat of

Europe Security

The Nuclear Implications of Turkey-Russia Tensions

Turkey’s downing of a Russian aircraft presents the threat of economic and geopolitical consequences for both nations. Among these consequences, the potential cancellation of a nuclear power agreement poses a feasible

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Opportunities in China’s nuclear revival

Shifts in the energy industry and commodity markets have meant a consistent decline for the nuclear industry in the West. Recent developments in China however, have signaled that the PRC

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Russia-Iran weapons sale a deal of mutual opportunity

The Kremlin’s decision last week to lift a ban on the sale of the S-300 air-defense missile system to Iran has sparked widespread political backlash from those who fear Iran’s growing

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

$10 billion Russia-Jordan nuclear deal promises dividends

Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion dollar deal with Russia to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. For an energy-strapped nation as Jordan, the project is an important investment

Politics South and Central Asia

Temper your expectations in U.S.-India relations

President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to India has unleashed much talk and speculation regarding U.S.-India relations. Expectations of a stronger strategic partnership may need to be tempered. President Obama is