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Technology joins the fight against poaching

Technology is bringing new options to combat poaching in Africa. Elephant poaching is on the rise, and the international demand for illegal ivory continues to grow. In China, the ivory trade is extremely profitable; a single elephant tusk weighing 6 pounds can go for $12,700. The business in China is undergoing a crackdown and has largely […]

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ISIL in Iraq Series: New enemies challenge ISIL’s continued advance

ISIL has conquered substantial territory in past weeks, but also gained new enemies. The increased focus on and military contra against ISIL means that the group cannot continue for long. This article is part of a GRI series on ISIL, Iraq, and the Middle East. In the coming months, the gains made by The Islamic State […]

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Ukraine crisis forces US to keep military in Europe

The United States must work with a politically divided Europe to face down Russia. The Ukrainian crisis will force the US to keep a strong presence despite the wish to scale down and focus on its shift towards Asia. The US Army’s current presence in Europe is approximately 30,000 troops, mainly the 2nd Cavalry in […]

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3 reasons Bolivia’s Evo Morales is here to stay

With the backing of the military and the opposition divided and conquered, Evo Morales will likely stay on as Bolivia’s president. Such political stability will present Bolivia with an opportunity to grow its economy and prepare for a safe political transition. Bolivian president Evo Morales and his Movement to Socialism (MAS) party will likely retain power […]

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Despite setbacks, Serbia sees increased entrepreneurship

As Serbia recovers from devastating floods in May, Belgrade has a flourishing network of young entrepreneurs taking hold. This could provide many lucrative opportunities as the country prepares to join the EU. The images of devastation in the northwest town of Obrenovac show the scale of Serbia’s historic natural disaster.  The new government of Prime Minister Aleksandar […]

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Midterm elections haunt fracking in Pennsylvania

The political momentum is turning the tide against development of the Marcellus Shale in the Keystone state. Pennsylvanian Governor Tom Corbett is facing a tough reelection in the November midterms. The Washington Post indicated that Governor Corbett is most likely to lose in the gubernatorial race this coming fall. Tom Wolf, a businessman from the […]

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Bhutan’s economy rests hopes on new prime minister

In the years following Bhutan’s political reform, the country’s economy and infrastructure still lag behind. Heavily dependent on India for aid, Bhutan must attract more foreign investment and strengthen its private sector. After King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck implemented the final phases of his father’s political reforms, Bhutan became one of the global community’s newest […]

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Syrian refugees pressure Lebanon’s fragile economy

Syrian refugees are spilling over into Lebanon, with over a million people having fled to the neighbouring country. A significant number anywhere, its impact is especially strong in tiny Lebanon, causing problems for the economy. Lebanon’s economy has been in a perpetual state of crisis since Syria’s civil war began. The IMF predicted the Lebanese economy […]

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Haiti and Dominican Republic struggle to cooperate

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been working to repair bilateral relations in the wake of the Dominican Republic’s new citizenship law. As Haiti deals with its own political paralysis, a return to normal relations would improve stability and development on the island. A deal was reached in January 2014 to ease tensions over the Dominican Republic (DR) […]

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New government in the Maldives gets a shaky start

Despite surprising election results, a fractious political landscape will remain a challenge for the Maldives as the country tackles effects of climate change and growing international attention. Following Abdulla Yameen’s surprising victory over former president Mohammed Nasheed, the Maldives’ political scene remains tense. The Maldives’ Supreme Court just handed the independent election commissioners six month jail sentences […]

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