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Snapshot,
John Sfakianakis

As it stands, the mess in Iraq won’t dramatically alter the oil market unless things get far worse inside the country. Iraq has been in trouble for quite some time -- but the world has only just started to pay attention.

Snapshot,
Ricardo Soares De Oliveira

The countries of East Africa are in the early throes of an oil boom, with an unprecedented opportunity for economic development. Unless they avoid the mistakes of those before them, though, the region's governments could easily squander it.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2014
Robert D. Blackwill and Meghan L. O'Sullivan

As the U.S. boom in shale oil and gas drives down global energy prices, energy-producing states that lack diversified economies will lose out, whereas energy consumers stand to gain. But the biggest benefits will accrue to the United States.

Snapshot,
John Sfakianakis

Since world demand for oil is set to grow, Riyadh does not see U.S. shale oil production as competition. Nor is it worried about losing its position as the world's supplier as last result. All in all, the U.S. energy boom might be a good thing for Saudi Arabia.

Snapshot,
Michael L. Ross

The Arab members of OPEC responsible for the 1973 oil crisis inadvertently gave the rest of the world a life-saving head start in the struggle to avoid, or at least mitigate, the threat of catastrophic climate change. Forty years later, environmentalists owe them a debt of gratitude.

Snapshot,
Carter Roberts

As of today, just 34 weeks into 2013, humanity’s demand for natural resources has exceeded the earth’s ability to renew them in a year. Welcome to ecological overdraft.

Essay, Sept/Oct 2013
Larry Diamond and Jack Mosbacher

Over the next decade, a massive wave of new oil and gas discoveries will transform Africa. If the resource curse plays out as it usually does, this oil boom will only serve to entrench authoritarian rule and inhibit democracy. Unless, that is, African governments embrace a radical approach: handing a large share of the new revenues directly to the people as taxable income.

Snapshot,
Tom Donilon

When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, the country’s energy future would have been listed among its liabilities. That is no longer the case.

Essay, Jul/Aug 2013
Scott G. Borgerson

No matter what one thinks should be done about global warming, the fact is, it’s happening. And its effects are not all bad. In the Arctic, it is turning an impassible region into an emerging epicenter of industry and trade.

Snapshot,
Damien Ma

Beijing can start to solve its environmental and economic troubles by ending one of the most stubborn legacies of the planned economy: highly regulated energy prices. If recent reports are any indication, that is exactly what it plans to do.

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