Energy is a much more important driver of foreign affairs than so many other factors given much more attention. O'Sullivan demonstrates how the move from global energy scarcity to energy abundance is shaping the interests and strategies of governments around the world.
For now, Russia is able to achieve many of its foreign policy goals despite the limitations of its economy, but that will not last forever. The United States should prepare to seize future opportunities for a more constructive relationship.
Solar energy is full of potential, but technological and systemic innovations are needed if we are to take full advantage of it. Varun Sivaram examines the possibilities and explores the future of solar energy.
Downsizing the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will have economic and foreign policy consequences that have not been fully considered. U.S. foreign policy should prioritize the management of these consequences.
As China seeks to reorient the focus of its economy from investment and export to consumption, national security will become a more prominent strategic priority. The United States should recognize this shift and cooperate with China in its move toward a more sustainable growth path.