Geopolitics and Oil Prices: Between A Rock and a Hard Place

March 30, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Oil Prices and International Politics

Oil traders currently appear to be hedging themselves against the possibility of a deal between Western countries and Iran on the nuclear question, but doing so misses the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics and international relations.[read more]

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Oil Prices Tumble: Impacts on the Economy, Geopolitics, and the Future of Clean Energy #EnergyChat

January 20, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Tweet Chat on the Impact of the Oil Price Collapse


Global oil prices have been in freefall over the past six months, tumbling from a high of $115 per barrel to less than $50 per barrel this week. And that changes, well, pretty much everything in the energy world. To get to the bottom of all of it, I recently hosted a live #EnergyChat on Twitter on January 12th.[read more]

'Energy Geopolitics' Takes Center Stage at Davos

January 16, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Davos and Geopolitics

World leaders, CEOs, thought leaders, power brokers and dignitaries from business and politics are descending on Davos for the World Economic Forum. This year it is scheduled for January 21-24 and is sure to be bursting at the seams. This year, special attention is being given to multiple global flashpoints.[read more]


Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC

January 10, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

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Saudi Arabia just refused to cut production to arrest tumbling oil prices. In effect, the owner of the most valuable fossil fuel reserve on Earth just started discounting for a future without them. While they would never state this reasoning publicly, their actions speak on their behalf. And that changes everything.[read more]


Russia's Turn to the East: Expanded Oil and Gas Exports to East Asia Help Reduce Dependence on European Buyers

December 2, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Russia Fuel Export Changes

In large part to decrease dependence on European buyers, Russia is increasing exports of oil and gas to East Asia as it shifts production from mature, declining fields in Western Siberia to untapped resources in the East. Japan and China are major new buyers or Russian oil and gas.[read more]

How (Geo)Political Stability Traded for 'Messy' Democracy in the Middle East Hinders Energy Market Interconnectivity

October 9, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Stability and Energy Markets

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, suggests in an article titled “What can the Middle East learn from the US shale boom?” three ways for regional policymakers to bring interconnectivity to the Middle East’s oil and gas market as well as accompanying infrastructure.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "The Fog of War Will not Clear for a Long Time," Oil Price Impact?

August 2, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Geopolitics and Energy

Geopolitical turmoil and security threats in major producing regions are never good for oil market stability, and while global benchmark oil prices have been cruising through an historic range-bound lack of volatility for an extended period, geopolitical headwinds show no sign of abating.[read more]

Powering Myanmar: FDI, Geopolitics, and the Appetite for Risk

March 31, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Myanmar and Development Risk

While residents of Myanmar protest over electricity – sometimes on pricing, other times on access and most recently on environmental concerns and Chinese involvement – foreign investors are watching Myanmar’s opening economy with hungry eyes.[read more]

New Geopolitics Means Arctic Oil, Mega-Projects' BAU Could be Uphill

March 27, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Western oil leaders may worry that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Crimea will lead to a ban on international investment in the Russian Arctic, but if it does, that would be doing US companies a favor. The prospects that such investments will be profitable over 20 years looks questionable.[read more]


Steve LeVine: Reading to Predict the Course of Energy Geopolitics

February 25, 2013 by Andrew Whalen

How do you turn the flood of news and information into something useful? Steven Levine has a set of rules for how to interpret the course of nations. We asked Steve how he reads, who, and to predict the course of the news media.[read more]

IEA Expects Global Energy Focus to Shift Eastward

December 7, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Eastward Shift via Shutterstock


Last month the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual long-term forecast, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). Its projection that US oil output would exceed that of Saudi Arabia within five years was featured in numerous headlines, although some of the report's other findings look equally consequential. That includes the...[read more]

Climate Change's Impact on International Arctic Security

May 1, 2012 by Jay Gulledge

Is the Arctic region a bellwether for how climate change may reshape global geopolitics in the post-Cold War era?[read more]

The Future Of Oil In Mexico

April 29, 2011 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Mexico, one of the largest oil exporters to the United States, could become a net oil importer in the next decade if it fails to make sufficient upstream oil field investments utilizing new and advanced technologies, according to a new Baker Institute-Oxford University study being released today in Mexico City. The study event “The...[read more]

Setting Energy Goals

June 1, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

With the failure over the weekend of BP's "top kill" effort, the odds that the oil will continue flowing until relief wells can be completed--in months, rather than days--have gone up considerably. In addition to the accumulating economic and environmental consequences, that also means that media attention on the oil spill and the...[read more]

National Security

August 9, 2009 by RyanAvent

From today’s Times: The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say. Such climate-induced crises could topple...[read more]