Research Shows Nations Really Do Go to War Over Oil

January 28, 2015

Most states claim human rights or democracy is the reason for military intervention, but the data says otherwise. The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in places such as Libya or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said...

Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China

November 24, 2014

Central Asian states are turning away from Russia and toward China as a market for their natural resources. While Moscow’s attention is directed towards its western border, another geopolitical development is taking place in Central Asia, where a number of hydrocarbon-rich states are being...

Oman’s Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

April 10, 2014

Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on...

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Smarter Environmental Policies

March 16, 2014

Who will benefit from investments in Africa's underused arable land resources? Experts agree that Africa has the capacity to feed itself and become a major global exporter of food, on the basis of coherent and integrated policies that incorporate impacts of the food-water-energy...

Sexual Violence in the DRC: What Good is the Dodd-Frank Act?

September 10, 2012

By Carol Mann and Alphonse Maindo Legislation to regulate mining in the DRC may be a step in the right direction, but many problems remain. The pervasive militarism, prevalent sexual violence and vast mineral wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are linked. It was with this in...