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September 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
China’s Digital Silk Road: Strategic Technological Competition and Exporting Political Illiberalism

With China promoting a model of state-led capitalism and political illiberalism, and digital technology playing an increasingly central role in all aspects of society, the United States should work w…

Traffic flows under the surveillance closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) system along Bakuli street in Kampala, Uganda August 14, 2019.

February 12, 2015

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…

March 5, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovating Africa Out of Poverty

Known for his ground-breaking business theories on “jobs to be done,” Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School has a new book on disruptive innovation, The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out Of Poverty. I sat down with the book’s co-author, Efosa Ojomo, who leads the global prosperity research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, to learn how policymakers can apply the book’s findings in Africa.

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June 26, 2019

Religion
Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

C. D. Glin, Andrew Small, and Jen Spies evaluate equity, development, and innovation in sub-Saharan Africa, with Michelle D. Gavin moderating.

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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.

July 8, 2013

Fossil Fuels
The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

Federal lawmakers should overturn the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the United States. As recently as half a decade ago, oil companies had no interest in exporting U.S. crude oil, but that h…

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June 26, 2013

Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Supplies: How Much of a Worry Are They?

What harm could a cyber attack do to oil and gas production? Could it cause a catastrophic if temporary loss in supplies, sending prices soaring?  Does it pose a serious threat to oil companies’ oper…

March 29, 2013

China
The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs

Want to understand the energy challenges the world might face in the future? There are few better places to turn than this year’s BP Energy Outlook to 2030, an annual publication that shows the compa…

The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs

March 27, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See

My last post noted that inflation-adjusted natural resource prices—even for exhaustible resources—tend to fall over time. This trend surprises people who think that prices are doomed to rise indefini…

Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See

March 22, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong

There is a tempting intuition to the idea that the real prices of non-renewable goods like coal, iron ore, or oil should rise, more or less, forever. It’s an easy argument to make, and it sounds righ…

Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong