High and volatile energy prices have driven the regulation of commodity financial markets to the forefront of the U.S. and G20 policy agendas. Integrated commodity markets require international policy coordination, but not all domestic and international policy initiatives are equally desirable.
"The Economist" explains why food, not oil, prices may be hit hard by Egypt's revolution.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill spotlights the growth of deepwater drilling and the challenges of balancing strong environmental regulation with efforts to expand U.S. domestic oil production.
This report from the U.K. House of Commons expresses confidence in the government's regulatory ability over the oil drilling sector, while conceding that some proposed expansions in regulation should be adopted in light of the B.P. spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's sentencing to another prison term was a foregone conclusion, underscoring both the continued power of President Putin and Khodorkovsky's arrogance in trying to thwart him, says Russia expert Marshall Goldman.
John Campbell outlines the difficulties involved in addressing the current ecological disaster in the Niger Delta.
A railroad through the southern Caucasus will soon connect Europe and Asia, fueling dreams and discord in the region.
David S. Abraham says the U.S. Congress contributed to the Gulf oil spill by undermining offshore safety and encouraging risky drilling.
The Obama administration has overreacted to the Gulf oil spill by suspending most new offshore drilling and moving to expand liabilities for future accidents, with implications for U.S. energy security, says Jack Coleman, an energy industry official and legal expert.
Only a handful of countries in the hemisphere are engaged in deepwater drilling. Here's a look at their programs or their future deepwater plans in the wake of the Gulf blowout.
In this RFF paper, Stephen P.A. Brown examines the implications of a tightening of U.S. government regulatory safeguards on deepwater offshore drilling in three scenarios.
Geoffrey Wheatcroft comments on the "hypocrisy" of American rage at BP following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
President Obama's vow to make BP pay, and Congress' tough questions to the oil industry, highlight a tense debate over oil policy given the Gulf's ongoing Deepwater spill.
President Obama's address on the oil spill rightly focused on the immediate challenge in the Gulf, but was a missed opportunity to set a new bar for oil policy, says CFR's Michael Levi.
Michael A. Levi discusses oil supply projections by the Energy Information Association.
The worst oil spill in U.S. history, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, has intensified debate about alternative fuel options. Here, four experts discuss how to reduce U.S. oil consumption.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
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