Dec 12, 2012
During the era of the pre-democratic PRI in Mexico there existed a long history of national political pacts. Those pacts typically were between the PRI dominated executive branch and the two most influential actors, labor unions and business organizations. In the 1990s, at the highpoint of the democratic transition, the PRI for the first time in its history lost its ability to ensure a two-thirds vote in the legislative branch, preventing it from accomplishing constitutional changes.
Dec 05, 2012
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.
Dec 04, 2012
The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity launch new blog - join the discussion today!
Nov 16, 2012
In World Politics Review Nov. 13, Asia Program associate Shihoko Goto discusses how Japan may be forced to remain a nuclear force as the surge in U.S. natural gas supply may decrease the availability of Middle East oil.
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Efraim Halevy is a former Director of Mossad and former Head of the Israeli National Security Council. Aaron David Miller is the Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The interview took place following the October 18 meeting “Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel” at the Wilson Center.
Oct 22, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Over the next several weeks, in infographics, photographs, and comprehensive articles, Choke Point: China Part II will examine the extraordinary measures that China is taking to shift the geography and production practices in its agriculture and energy sectors to provide adequate supplies of food, fossil fuels, and fresh water over the next decade.
The Shale Gas Revolution: Implications for U.S. and Canadian Energy Policy and Asian Energy Security
Sep 06, 2012
North America is enjoying a greater wealth of energy resources, with new technology making it easier to extract natural gas from dense shale rock formations. This increase in supply has caused gas prices to plummet in the United States to approximately $3 per thousand cubic feet, compared to $16 per thousand cubic feet in Asia. With Asia struggling to meet its growing energy demand, countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan are looking toward North America to help diversify their energy imports. Many in the United States and Canada are interested in fulfilling Asia’s need for gas in order to help diversify trade and boost the economy. Others fear that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will hurt North America’s energy security and that LNG exports may raise domestic gas prices. NBR recently spoke with James Slutz, President and Managing Director of Global Energy Strategies LLC, to better understand this debate and the implications for U.S. energy and foreign policy.
Jul 24, 2012
Mongolia, a vast, sparsely populated country almost as large as Western Europe, is at once strikingly poor and strikingly rich. Its GDP per capita falls just below that of war-torn Iraq, and Ulan Bator has some of the worst air pollution ever recorded in a capital city. At the same time, Mongolia sits atop some of the world’s largest mineral reserves, worth trillions of dollars, and its economy, already one of the world’s fastest growing, could expand by a factor of six by the end of the decade as those reserves are developed.
Jul 23, 2012
On July 20, 2012 Chinese oil corporation CNOOC closed a deal to buy Alberta's Nexen priced at $15.1 billion. This is the largest oversea's purchase by a Chinese company and signals Canada's openness to foriegn investment in the country.