Oil Prices

Authors: Eben Kaplan and Toni Johnson

While some experts fault demand increases for record-high oil prices, others say production and market issues reflect price hikes are more complicated.

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Tehran's Oil Dysfunction

Author: Lionel Beehner

Backgrounder: Economists say Iran's mismanaged energy sector and falling oil prices could have consequences for its economy.

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Bolivia's Nationalization of Oil and Gas

Author: Carin Zissis

In a region seen as turning leftward, forging alliances would seem a natural course of events. But Bolivian President Evo Morales' decision to nationalize the oil and gas industry is exposing tensions, causing experts to say there is more diffusion than alliance-building in Latin America.

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Chad's Oil Troubles

Author: Carin Zissis

The World Bank, a U.S.-led oil consortium, and Chad's government came together for a pipeline plan that was hailed as a new model to help developing nations escape poverty and avoid corruption. But unstable Chad's decision to modify the agreement to buy arms threatened to doom the arrangement.

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Sino-Russian Energy Ties

Author: Esther Pan

Russia's vast supply of energy and China's insatiable demand are making the two countries natural partners. Their shared goal of checking U.S. regional influence has also drawn their foreign policies closer.

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Market Madness

Author: Blake Clayton

CFR adjunct fellow Blake Clayton draws on a century's worth of statistical data to offer a revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets. Clayton explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane, and demonstrates the significant effects these stories have on financial markets.

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The Power Surge

Author: Michael A. Levi

A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment, authored by one of America's most prominent experts on energy's role in the world.

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Council Special Report No. 47

The Canadian Oil Sands

Author: Michael A. Levi

The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.

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Saudi Arabia: A Look Ahead

Speaker: F. Gregory Gause III
Speaker: Helima Croft
Speaker: Sarah Leah Whitson
Presider: Ethan Bronner

Experts discuss Saudi Arabia’s leadership transition and what it means for policymaking, oil prices, and human rights.

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Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Speaker: Rachel Bronson
Presider: David B. Ottaway

In Thicker than Oil, the first full history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Council Senior Fellow Rachel Bronson reveals why the partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shared interests sowed the seeds of today’s most pressing problem—Islamic radicalism. Join her as she discusses what we stand to lose if the partnership collapses and suggests ways to steer its future course.

**Please note special time**

5:45 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception and book signing

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