foreign policy

Is Iran After Nuclear Power for Energy Purposes? [STORIFY]

April 15, 2015 by Jessica Obeid

The U.S. and Iran have inked an historic framework agreement that aims to curb Iran's path to a nuclear weapon while preserving the nation's ability to develop a domestic nuclear energy industry. Most of the analysis out there on the deal focuses on the global geopolitics, but what about the energy fundamentals?[read more]

The Spoils of War: US Diplomacy Must Focus on Conflict Resolution Over Oil Revenues

September 25, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Militias across the Middle East have learned they can undermine the authority of existing political leadership in the region by overtaking oil facilities. In Libya, what might have been a successful transitioning government fell into disarray when rebels grabbed and turned off key oil installations.[read more]

The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

August 16, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.[read more]

US Energy Renaissance Brings Important Foreign Policy Choices

May 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy and Foreign Policy

Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux because of the renaissance in the US energy sector ignited by its shale oil and gas boom.[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]

On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern

January 28, 2010 by Big Gav

Amory Lovins has an article in Foreign Policy on how to solve the myriad problems associated with fossil fuel consumption - On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern. The problems of proliferation, climate change, and oil dependence share both a nuclear non-solution that confounds U.S. policy goals and a non-nuclear...[read more]

Will Copenhagen Mark the End of "Magical" Climate Thinking?

January 14, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

That's the question explored by the Breakthrough Institute's Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus in a new column in Foreign Policy that chronicles the climate odyssey of the past year - from President Obama's campaign and election through Congressional climate debates and the chaos in Copenhagen. Take a gander at the in-depth column...[read more]

Where does lithium come from, anyway?

October 27, 2009 by Michael Giberson

Joshua Keating, in Foreign Policy, offers a photo essay on lithium extraction in Bolivia. Keating said: Bolivia hopes its lithium treasure can pull it up from the bottom rungs of the global economy, but as countries throughout the developing world have learned the hard way, resource wealth can just as easily lead to corruption,...[read more]