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November 11, 2011

Mexico
Mexico’s Interior Minister Blake Mora Dies in Helicopter Crash Mexico’s Interior Minister Blake Mora Dies in Helicopter Crash

Mexico's Former Interior Minister Blake Mora applauds during a discussion with victims of the violence in Mexico City (Courtesy Reuters). Mexico’s interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora a…

February 12, 2015

Americas
CFR Expert Blake Clayton Proves Oil-Market Anxiety Is Irrational in New Book

Over the last hundred years, many experts have fallen prey to fears that the world’s oil is dwindling and prices are doomed to rise, yet such predictions have repeatedly proven wrong, writes Blake C…

February 1, 2017

Human Rights
Yazidi-Iraq_RTX2GIYQ U.S. and International Policy to Protect Refugees: A Timeline

The Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration indefinitely bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, temporarily blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, and suspen…

February 2, 2015

Fossil Fuels
Market Madness

Market Madness 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.

July 8, 2013

Fossil Fuels
The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

Federal lawmakers should overturn the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the United States. As recently as half a decade ago, oil companies had no interest in exporting U.S. crude oil, but that h…

June 26, 2013

Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Supplies: How Much of a Worry Are They?

What harm could a cyber attack do to oil and gas production? Could it cause a catastrophic if temporary loss in supplies, sending prices soaring?  Does it pose a serious threat to oil companies’ oper…

March 29, 2013

China
The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs

Want to understand the energy challenges the world might face in the future? There are few better places to turn than this year’s BP Energy Outlook to 2030, an annual publication that shows the compa…

March 27, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See

My last post noted that inflation-adjusted natural resource prices—even for exhaustible resources—tend to fall over time. This trend surprises people who think that prices are doomed to rise indefini…

March 22, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong

There is a tempting intuition to the idea that the real prices of non-renewable goods like coal, iron ore, or oil should rise, more or less, forever. It’s an easy argument to make, and it sounds righ…

March 15, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Could the North American Shale Boom Happen Elsewhere?

The dramatic takeoff in oil and gas production in the United States and Canada over the last half decade has left many people asking whether a similar boom will happen in other countries. It’s a good…