A roundup of some of the content published on brookings.edu today.
- Suzanne Maloney explains what Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s “trademark jeremiad” against Washington means as a new round of nuclear talks is underway between Tehran and the international community. Robert Einhorn and Michael O’Hanlon wrote earlier about the negotiations on the Iran @ Saban blog.
- Diana Villiers Negroponte writes about what to expect for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada leaders’ summit this week in Toluca, Mexico.
- What does North Korea mean by its latest statement on denuclearization? Richard Bush and Jonathan Pollack take a look.
- Mwangi Kimenyi and Amadou Sy examine East African oil and gas reserves and the opportunity for these resources to promote growth in the region.
While generation capacity [of electric vehicles] at a national level may be present, many bottlenecks will be local, especially at the feeder or distribution transformer level...There are broader ecosystem issues that need further study, including grid-signalling (including time-of-day pricing for electricity), valuing pollution reduction, charging infrastructure and finances...More than half the retail cost of petrol is taxes, which would need to be covered via other means if we move to EVs. It is unlikely one can (or should) tax electricity at the same rate
India's toilet initiative, under which the government is trying to install 75 million public toilets by 2019, is not on its face a women's rights move, but it will increase women's access to sanitation materials.