Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water
With supplies running out, water security could be the issue that finally makes the region’s countries work together.
Why Rare Earths Are the Key to Just About Everything
They’re not actually that rare, but their importance to almost all modern technologies cannot be overstated.
56,000 Greenlanders Could Shape the Future of Rare Earths
Washington and Beijing are watching a snap election on the huge island closely.
How Eight Pacific Island States Are Saving the World’s Tuna
They have created a strikingly successful scheme that prevents overfishing and raises local incomes at once.
America Needs a Supercharged Space Program
It could build entire industries, create new jobs, green the economy—and unite the country behind a common purpose.
Don’t Politicize Water
Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.
The Blue Nile Is Dammed
Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.
U.S. Falters in Bid to Replace Chinese Rare Earths
Despite new legislation, Washington won’t be delivering critical minerals needed for defense, high tech, and energy.
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Southeast Asia is turning a blind eye to the Rohingya, Israel-Jordan relations are deteriorating, and Kataib Hezbollah is losing influence in Iraq.
The Pandemic Is Laying Bare a Global Water Crisis
Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.
Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong
New data demonstrates a devastating effect on downstream water supplies that feed millions of people.
The United States Must Not Pick Sides in the Nile River Dispute
Ethiopia and Egypt are at odds over a Nile dam. Washington should be helping them compromise, rather than doing Cairo’s bidding.
Ghana’s Bauxite Boom
Chinese investment has led to a crush of infrastructure development in Ghana’s tropical forests—and not everyone is happy about it.
New Oil Finds Could Mean a Tripling of Guyana’s GDP
Here’s how the country can avoid the resource curse.
River of the Dammed
Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
The Time Is Right for African Nations to Break the Resource Curse
With oil prices low, the region’s major oil-exporting economies have a chance to unlink their economies from natural resources.