Indonesia, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, is uniquely positioned to make substantial contributions to the fight against climate change. Despite its lackluster record on emissions, the country possesses vast potential to develop nearly every renewable energy source.
Human trafficking — a global scourge impacting an estimated 21 million people — generates close to $150 billion in annual profits. Now, the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, is using human trafficking and human smuggling, not only as a brutal terror tactic, but as a source of funding for its operations.
Taiwan will hold national elections on January 16. The island’s position on Washington’s list of regional hotspots has fallen since 2008, when President Ma Ying-jeou’s policy of rapprochement with the People’s Republic of China inaugurated an unprecedented reduction in cross-strait tensions. However, if current polling data holds true and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wins the upcoming elections, the United States may find it more challenging to balance its commitment to Taiwan with its broader relationship with China.