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March 27, 2012

Fossil Fuels
Americans Don’t Seem to Want Lower Gas Prices

It’s difficult to open a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing that Americans are apoplectic about skyrocketing gas prices. If ever there was a moment to channel public anger toward policy prog…

May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in the northern Iraq city of Mosul. The ISIS Bride Problem: Don't Take It Out on the Children

Foreign ISIS wives still in Syria live in dust-coated tents, or sometimes in prison rooms, alongside their children, inhabiting a legal purgatory until one authority or another figures out what to do…

April 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Books Report Watch Vol. VI: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: the effects of internet censorship in China, the malicious uses of artificial intelligence, and U.S. Cyber Command's strategy to achieve domain superiority.

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…

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 …

September 13, 2017

South Africa
Dlamini-Zuma-ANC-Jacob-Leadership-President 'Don't Underestimate Zuma'

For those in South Africa and elsewhere devoted to the rule of law, the supremacy of constitutional institutions over individual personalities, and repelled by corruption, South Africa’s President Ja…

June 21, 2018

Donald Trump
US President Trump On Trade, Should Allies Treat the United States as a Rogue Nation?

The idea of targeting President Trump's personal assets may be tempting, but it is the wrong approach.

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…

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…

June 19, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness

President Trump is seeking to reduce the U.S. trade deficit through tariffs, but logic and historical data show that his strategy will not help American jobs, growth or exports. Worse, loss of access to foreign parts amid a trade war will hurt American companies that depend on them to stay globally competitive.