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June 19, 2018

Oil and Petroleum Products
Two persons pass the logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in front of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018. OPEC's Vienna Meeting: The Challenge of Failing National Oil Companies

As energy ministers from major oil producing countries gather in Vienna this week to discuss the stability of global oil markets, the variables that will dictate outcomes have rapidly shifted. Pre-me…

May 25, 2018

Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018. The Complicated Geopolitics of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A deeper dive into the energy realpolitik of the matter reveals a host of barriers to improving the status quo in the Middle East.

April 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia
The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018. Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Reading the Tea Leaves of the Trump Tweet on OPEC

During his visit to the United States, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inopportunely noted in an interview with Reuters news service that Saudi Arabia was “working on moving from a model agree…

April 13, 2018

Iran
A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia March 25, 2018. Pompeo, the Iran Deal, and the Asymmetric Proxy War

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo said yesterday at his Senate confirmation hearings that he would actively try to “fix” the Iran deal, working with U.S. allies to “achieve a better outcome…

June 20, 2018

Mexico
Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) delivers a message after arriving at the third and final debate in Merida, Mexico June 12, 2018. Why Mexico’s Energy Reform Needs AMLO

This is a guest post by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker Inst…

April 9, 2018

Trade
U.S. President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2018. Are Trade Wars Bad for U.S. Energy Dominance?

Years ago, Wanda Jablonski, the famous energy journalist and newsletter publisher, gave me an important piece of professional advice. Be careful how many conflicts you take on at one time.  Wanda’…

June 15, 2018

Cybersecurity
Russia flag Cyber Week in Review: June 15, 2018

This week: sanctions against Russia over malicious cyber activity, reversing the ZTE ban, and Huawei has some trouble down under. 

June 8, 2018

Cybersecurity
ZTE Cyber Week in Review: June 8, 2018

This week: the Trump administration cuts a deal with ZTE, France tries to define disinformation in law, Facebook gave cellphone manufacturers access to user data, and Edward Snowden.

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong Un Cyber Whether The Kim-Trump Summit in Singapore Succeeds or Fails, North Korean Cyberattacks Likely to Continue

Getting Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons will be hard. Getting him to give up North Korea's formidable offensive cyber capability will be even harder. 

March 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi soldiers walk by oil tanker trucks delivered by Saudi authorities to support charities and NGOs in Marib, Yemen January 26, 2018. Picture taken January 26, 2018. Thirty Years of U.S. Arms Sales to Middle East Endogenous to Unstable Oil Prices, Research Shows

As the White House hosts Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today, policy makers need to be reminded that any new arms sales across the Middle East could become part of a repeating pernicious cyc…