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April 24, 2018

Iran
Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017. Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

March 13, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Energy Secretary Rick Perry after delivering remarks during an "Unleashing American Energy" event at the Department of Energy in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017. Why Fuel Economy Standards Matter to U.S. Energy Dominance

During last week’s international energy industry gathering in Houston, CERA Week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry introduced a new buzzword for the Trump administration’s energy policy: “energy r…

December 6, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Internally-Displaced-Persons-IDP-Congo-Africa New Report on Africa's Internally Displaced Persons

The new report, released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), concludes that in the first six months of 2017, an additional 2.7 million people have been internally displaced in Africa.

July 2, 2014

India
Afghanistan_SRAP Time to Fold SRAP into the SCA Bureau

Secretary of State John Kerry formally announced today that the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), Ambassador Jim Dobbins, would retire from the position at the end of this m…

May 7, 2018

Development
Bhutan Getting the International Development Community to Care About Cybersecurity

International assistance programs rely on digital technologies to deliver food, housing, education, and a host of other services to the developing world. However, few donors or recipients incorporate…

April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on indepen­dent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known…

May 7, 2018

Global
International Cooperation Gets a Low Grade from Global Think Tank Leaders for the Second Year in a Row

The Report Card on International Cooperation gives a dismal C- to international efforts to mitigate the world’s most pressing problems in 2017, the same grade given for 2016. The Council of Councils—…

March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…

May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Attacks-Maiduguri Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

April 13, 2018

Thailand
Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report

The U.S. Treasury Department’s next foreign exchange report is due on April 15—so it should come out soon, maybe even tonight. Normally the section on China attracts all the attention. But righ…