Energy Realpolitik

Energy Realpolitik

Amy Myers Jaffe delves into the underlying forces shaping global energy.

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OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo addresses a news conference. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

U.S.-China Trade Issues Looms Large for Oil

Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Read More

November 1, 2018

China and Russia: Collaborators or Competitors?

This is a guest post by Sophia Lian, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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October 26, 2018

Renewable Energy, Russian Natural Gas and the Lesson of January 2006

The problem with the “energy weapon” is that it is notorious for backfiring. That fact couldn’t have rung truer than this week when it was reported that Germany, a major natural gas importer in Europe, was going to co-finance the construction of a $576 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in northern Germany.

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October 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that this is because each generation of new blood comes without the experiences of the past. But perhaps it is just the nature of oil. The inexorable boom and bust pattern of the oil market follows a geopolitical cycle that has proven next to impossible to break.

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