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Asia Pacific Energy & Environment Governance & Law

China’s Coal-to-Gas Program: A Developing Environmental Governance Regime

Despite the increasing centralization of China under Xi Jinping, SAIS student Yujin Zhang uses the example of China’s Coal-to-Gas program to show that principal-agent problems and competing interests between Beijing and local governments still negatively affect environmental policy implementation. Effective environmental policies require long-term institutional reforms, not short term campaign-style enforcement.

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Energy & Environment Europe

Can Russia Maintain European Demand of Natural Gas in a Changing World?

In this article, author Joniel Cha investigates current trends in Russian natural gas production and exports, focusing on its role in the European energy markets. He analyzes how Russia uses natural gas production for its geopolitical strategy, the policies of different European countries, the effects of external shocks, and other strengths and weaknesses of the Russian gas sector to assess its future as supplier to Europe.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society Economics Energy & Environment North America

Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part II

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society Economics Energy & Environment North America

Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part I

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Energy & Environment Governance & Law

Meeting Growing Demand for Water, Energy, and Food with the “Nexus” Approach

SAIS MA candidate Diane French gives another perspective on meeting the growing demand for water, energy, and food through an integrated “nexus” approach to achieve water, energy, and food security worldwide.

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Energy & Environment International Development Policy & Politics

Reducing Extreme Poverty Through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

SAIS MA candidate Caitlin Smith offers ideas to enhance resiliency and reduce extreme poverty through the water-energy-food nexus.

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Civil Society Economics Governance & Law

Open Government Data Fuels Private Sector Innovation: Data Jams, Hackathons and Datapaloozas

What happens when you put dozens of energy specialists, technology experts and government policymakers in a room? Senior Editor Lauren Caldwell discusses open government data initiatives — including datapaloozas, data jams and hackathons — with a Department of Energy Presidential Innovation Fellow.