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January 4, 2018

Iran
A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. Oil and the Iran Protests

It doesn’t take much these days to remind oil traders that Middle East geopolitical risk can raise oil prices. Unrest in Iranian cities is the latest case in point. News and video records of major pr…

October 10, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
An oil rig drilling a well at sunrise near Midland, Texas. (REUTERS/Reuters Staff) No, Tax Breaks for U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Probably Don’t Materially Affect Climate Change

Last week, the journal Nature Energy published an article from scholars at the Stockholm Environment Institute arguing that the tax breaks given to oil companies by the U.S. government could lead to …

October 3, 2007

United States
HBO History Makers Series with Brent Scowcroft

TIM NAFTALI:  My name is Tim Naftali.  I'm director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, a new nonpartisan presidential library opened by the National Archives this summer.  Welco…

January 24, 2013

Trading Volumes Underscore Brent’s Ascendance as World Oil Benchmark Trading Volumes Underscore Brent’s Ascendance as World Oil Benchmark

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent have been locked in a multi-year wrestling match for the exalted status of the definitive world benchmark price of oil. WTI’s glaring deficiencies as a baromet…

October 3, 2007

United States
HBO History Makers Series: A Conversation with Brent Scowcroft

Watch Brent Scowcroft, president of The Scowcroft Group, reflect on his years on the National Security Council as part of CFR's HBO History Makers Series.

January 17, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Play Renewable Energy World Energy Outlook

Fatih Birol discusses the newest edition of World Energy Outlook, the prospects for renewable energy, and the outlook for energy markets in the coming year.

August 28, 2015

Americas
Workers stand on top of bags of sugar at the Mumias sugar factory in western Kenya February 24, 2015. In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies. With much of the production coming from small rain-fed plots rather than large irrigated plantations, costs are much higher than Kenya's competitors (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Tackling Corruption in Guatemala, Snap Elections, and AGOA’s Challenges

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”  International Anticorruption Efforts Seem…

April 5, 2011

International Law
Scowcroft: Avoiding Mission Creep in Libya

Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft discusses developments in the Middle East and the intervention in Libya with CFR’s Director of Studies James Lindsay. Drawing on lessons from the fi…

May 1, 2010

Iraq
War of necessity - NEW.jpg War of Necessity, War of Choice

Teaching Notes on War of Necessity, War of Choice by CFR President Richard N. Haass.