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April 4, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Is The Obama Energy Plan Really That Bad?

Daniel Ahn wrote a post here last Friday voicing strong disappointment with President Obama’s big energy speech. Here’s the core of his argument: “President Obama’s speech on energy given Wednesday …

March 21, 2011

Markets vs Governments in Energy Policy

I started reading Dani Rodrik’s engaging new book, The Globalization Paradox, last week. Rodrik makes his core point early and often: Too many policymakers and economists assume that markets and gove…

March 8, 2011

Fossil Fuels
(Some) Speculators Are People Too

Here’s an iron rule of oil politics: when gasoline prices go up, calls to crack down on speculators increase alongside them. The current situation is no exception. Some who are calling for an SPR rel…

March 24, 2011

Two Additions to CFR’s Energy Roster

I’m thrilled to share the news that Atul Arya and Daniel Ahn have joined CFR as adjunct fellows for energy. This is part of a broader ramping up of CFR’s work on energy and security, about which I’ll…

April 12, 2012

Fossil Fuels
An Anti-Speculative Frenzy

I was worried that my defense of speculation in the oil market, published this week on ForeignAffairs.com, was late to the game, but my timing turned out to be right on. Just yesterday, an op-ed appe…

May 16, 2012

South Korea
South Korea’s National Assembly Elections and the Presidential Electoral Landscape

South Korea’s National Assembly elections were supposed to shape the landscape for December’s presidential contest; instead, the parliamentary outcome seems to have muddied the waters.  The unanticip…

Election officials count the ballots of the parliament elections in Seoul. (Courtesy Reuters/Lee Jae-Won)

April 9, 2012

South Korea
South Korean National Assembly Elections: Setting the Stage for the Presidential Race

South Korean voters go to the polls on April 11 to choose a new National Assembly. I invited Ma Sang-yoon of the Catholic University of Korea and currently a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Ce…

Han Myeong-sook and Rhyu Si-min

January 24, 2013

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…

Trading Volumes Underscore Brent’s Ascendance as World Oil Benchmark

February 8, 2013

Fossil Fuels
A New Study on Oil Taxes

Dan Ahn and I have a new energy brief out that takes a fresh look at oil taxes. From the introduction: "Policymakers are confronting difficult choices [regarding tax hikes and spending cuts].... In …

December 17, 2012

South Korea
South Korea’s Presidential Election: Formula for Victory

South Korea’s presidential campaign formally launched on November 26 with seven registered candidates. The main candidates are ruling Saenuri party representative Park Geun-hye and progressive opposi…