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Hydrogen/Decarbonization. Hydrogen development strategies: a global perspective (Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Simone Tagliapietra and Victor Vorsatz, Bruegel)

Despite different strategies, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Japan all expect hydrogen to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of their economies by expanding its use in energy and transport systems. Hydrogen development strategies: a global perspective | Bruegel

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Space. NASA Sets Coverage For Two Russian Spacewalks Outside Space Station (Eurasia Review)

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Friday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 9, to conduct the first pair of up to 11 spacewalks to prepare the new Nauka multipurpose laboratory module for operations in space. NASA will provide live coverage for both spacewalks, or extravehicular activities (EVA), on NASA Television, the NASA app, and […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing. What Is Environmental Impact Of Hydraulic Fracturing? (IESE Insight)

Hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to stimulate oil and gas production from certain wells, burst onto the scene in the mid 2000’s, increasing U.S. production of oil and natural gas to unforeseen levels, while raising questions about its impacts on nearby communities and on human health. New evidence suggests that hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can […]

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UAE. Second Barakah Nuclear Power Unit Starts Up (World Nuclear News)

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the start-up of the second unit at UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant, thirteen months after Barakah unit 1 reached first criticality. Unit 2’s start-up sees Barakah become the first multi-unit nuclear power plant in the region. The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) issued an operating […]

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How To Use Democracy To Deny Human Rights (Ayush Poolovadoo, Eurasia Review)

Since its rebirth as an independent state in 1968, this paradisaic island of Mauritius has been touted as a paragon of democratic political institutions promoting rapid economic growth and motivating its citizens to overcome divisions of religion, language, ethnicity, and region of origin. It is looked up to as an example of thriving democracy and constitutionalism […]

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Afghanistan. The Plot Thickens (Nilesh Kunwar, Eurasia Review)

When something completely unexpected happens, we ascribe it to providence. But when there are a series of such occurrences revolving around a single event, it’s but natural to suspect that something’s amiss and in absence of any rational explanation, conspiracy and coverup theories abound. The latest such issue that’s caught the world’s attention is the […]

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Afghanistan. The Roots Of US Failure In Afghanistan (Ivan Eland, Eurasia Review)

The rapid collapse of Afghanistan has led to predictable finger-pointing about who is to blame for “losing Afghanistan.” Both President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump, laudably wanted to end the quagmire. Both made blunders. The Roots Of US Failure In Afghanistan – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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Proxy Wars. Dueling Dyads: Conceptualizing Proxy Wars In Strategic Competition (Frank G. Hoffman and Andrew Orner, Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Strategic competition with the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China has become the new orienting challenge for the U.S. national security community. While many officials and writers envision strategic competition across many domains, the increased likelihood of proxy wars in strategic competition does not gain much purchase in the strategic planning documents of the […]

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India. DNLA And Trouble In The Hills (Giriraj Bhattacharjee, SATP)

On August 26, 2021, suspected Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) militants opened fire on a convoy of seven trucks laden with coal and clinkers, killing five civilians and critically injuring another, in the Rangerbeel area under Diyungmukh Police Station in the Dima Hasao District of Assam. India: DNLA And Trouble In The Hills – Analysis […]

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Afghanistan. Sharp Regression (Ajit Kumar Singh, SATP)

Though just two weeks have passed since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, fear among masses, as expected, has spread like wildfire across Afghanistan, forcing thousands to run towards the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, to escape a dreaded future. Unsurprisingly, the Kabul Airport and its surroundings have since become the epicenter of violence. Afghanistan: […]

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Afghanistan/USA/Asia. Why the tragic Afghanistan withdrawal should reassure US allies in Asia (Peter J. Dean, Atlantic Council)

For many US allies, the end of the conflict in Afghanistan will come as a relief, reassuring them that some clear, rational strategic thinking has taken hold in Washington. Few had predicted how quickly Kabul would fall and how rapidly the Afghan military forces would collapse. Thursday’s suicide bombings outside Kabul airport, killing thirteen American […]

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Afghanistan/USA. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete. What’s next? (William F. Wechsler, Barry Pavel, Christopher Preble, Daniel Fried, Mir Sadat, Brian O’Toole, Thomas S. Warrick, R. Clarke Cooper, Nilofar Sakhi, Atlantic Council)

The final US troops departed Afghanistan on Monday shortly before midnight local time, ceding the country to Taliban control ahead of US President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline—and nearly twenty years after the United States first invaded the country. What’s next for Afghanistan? How will evacuations proceed without the US military controlling Kabul airport? What’s […]