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January 26, 2021

COVID-19
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to deal with a shortage of critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

March 19, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
The Oil Price Shock: Who’s Most Vulnerable in the Coronavirus Slump?

A long dip in oil prices could put several oil-producing countries under great strain, but some are better positioned than others to weather the downturn from the coronavirus.

April 25, 2019

Iran
What Effects Will Tighter U.S. Sanctions on Iran’s Oil Have?

With significant risks now looming over global energy markets, the United States should be careful not to go too far with oil sanctions.  

Iran Oil

October 7, 2021

China
What’s Next for U.S. Trade With China?

This week, the Biden administration outlined its approach to trade with China. Here’s what to know.  

June 22, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iran Has a New President. What Does That Mean for the Nuclear Deal?

Ebrahim Raisi, a staunch regime loyalist, can be expected to follow through on talks to revive the nuclear deal but rebuff attempts to further limit Iran’s weapons programs and regional behavior.

February 14, 2019

Russia
How Will the U.S. Respond to Russia-OPEC Cooperation?

Congress is considering a bill that could punish countries for artificially boosting oil prices. What could that mean for warming ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

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August 5, 2021

Climate Change
Why NOAA Matters for U.S. Climate Policy

The federal agency tasked with weather forecasting and research has played a growing role in climate policy, but also faced controversy during the Trump administration. What does NOAA do?

July 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Did Iran Suffer a Nuclear Setback?

An explosion has caused heavy damage to an Iranian nuclear facility just as the country approaches a bold new energy partnership with China, but Iran shows no signs of slowing down its nuclear progra…

July 28, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge: Lessons From History

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

December 18, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
What’s Next for Fracking Under Biden?

President-Elect Joe Biden has walked a fine line on fracking, seeking to allow the practice while proposing restrictions to limit its greenhouse gas emissions. How have other countries approached fra…