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January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Abiy-Afwerki-Peace

January 15, 2019

China
U.S.-China Trade Issues Looms Large for Oil

Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Even though oil prices seem to be stabilizing, Barkindo to…

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo addresses a news conference.

January 14, 2019

United States
Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security

The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.

U.S. President Donald Trump puts his hand on a drone aircraft used to patrol the border at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
OPEC’s Bigger Problems

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day (b/d), together with Russia and a few other non-OPEC producers, may have garnered …

Oil pours out of a spout.

November 29, 2018

Climate Change
Katowice Climate Summit: What to Watch

The conference in Poland will be a major test of the world’s collective political will to fight global warming. Following through on promises made in Paris will not be easy.

Climate change

November 5, 2018

Iran
Iranian Oil Sanctions: Myths and Realities of U.S. Energy Independence

Renewed U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports kick in officially this week as part of the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Iranian nuclear deal. Estimations on how effective the sanct…

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005.

October 26, 2018

Europe
Renewable Energy, Russian Natural Gas and the Lesson of January 2006

The problem with the “energy weapon” is that it is notorious for backfiring. That fact couldn’t have rung truer than this week when it was reported that Germany, a major natural gas importer in Europ…

The LNG tanker "Clean Ocean" is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017.

October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can the Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia From America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih

December 13, 2018

India
India and the World: Fueling a New Low-Carbon Growth Model

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation. Aparajit Pandey is the Program Director for Climate, Energy, and Resources Program at the Oberver Research Foundation. As leaders …

Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India.