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February 13, 2017

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…

August 20, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Being in Combat

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the experience of war. 

Three movie posters: Platoon (a helmet lies upside down beneath a line of soldiers); The Thin Red Line (a close up of three soldiers’ faces in grass); 1917 (two soldiers run into a sunrise).

February 22, 2017

Mexico
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…

Mexico’s Interior Minister Blake Mora Dies in Helicopter Crash

August 27, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: The Manchurian Candidate (a sketch of a man, a gun, and a queen of hearts card); JFK (a man looks out from a red, white, and blue design); Kill the Messenger (a man with the U.S. Capitol Building reflected in his sunglasses).

September 10, 2012

Fossil Fuels
Lessons Learned From the 2011 Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release

Overview In this Working Paper, Blake Clayton analyzes the 2011 International Energy Agency (IEA)–coordinated release of strategic petroleum reserves to shed light on the political underpinnings a…

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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.

March 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
As in Myanmar, Coups are Becoming More Successful, and More Sophisticated

Early this month, Myanmar’s armed forces took control of the country. Moving overnight, they detained most leading politicians and many civil-society activists, barricaded roads, cut off internet acc…

Protesters take shelter behind shields as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 1, 2021.

June 24, 2013

Cybersecurity
Addressing Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Suppliers

Overview In this Energy Brief, Blake Clayton and Adam Segal argue that cyber threats to oil and gas suppliers pose an increasingly challenging problem for U.S. national security and economic compe…

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April 25, 2012

Global
Energy Dependence

Council on Foreign Relations 4/25/12 Academic Conference Call on Energy Dependence with Blake Clayton

Podcast

October 5, 2012

China
The Real Reason Energy Traders Are Losing Sleep

What’s roiling the oil market right now? The old familiar source of instability—unrest in the Middle East—is far from the whole story, though it still tends to be the first place Western pundits look…