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29th March 2018 – The Hill

The US can breathe easy on Russia-OPEC deal

Boris Zilberman, Varsha Koduvayur

In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD’s deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman and senior research analyst Varsha Koduvayur explain why a potential long-term pact extending cooperation with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) between Saudi Arabia and Russia does not threaten an abandonment of the strong Saudi-U.S. alliance – and why the agreement might actually benefit oil producers in the U.S. more...

28th October 2015 – Forbes Energy

Saudi Sabotage: Oil Giant Looks To Scuttle Climate Accord

David Andrew Weinberg

Sometimes what diplomats don’t say is more revealing than what they do. more...

9th April 2015 – The National Review

The Flexible-Fuel Solution

Negotiators in Geneva appear to be sleepwalking into a Sunni–Shia nuclear arms race, so a bad neighborhood — as former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak so memorably described the Middle East — is likely to get much worse. The Islamic State’s Mesopotamic marauding is adding industrial quantities of fuel to the fire. Since the region is home to some two thirds of world conventional oil reserves, oil prices are unlikely to stay at two digits for very long. more...

14th May 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

How to Hit Putin Where It Hurts

As Russia's Ukrainian incursion sends a chill through the Baltic states, diplomatic fecklessness and the lack of adequate collective defense capabilities on the ground seems... more...

10th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia’s Powerful Weapon in the Crimea Crisis: Natural Gas

Boris Zilberman

Russia has solidified its military and political control of the Crimean peninsula after deploying troops that had been stationed at Russian bases in Crimea and bringing... more...

19th July 2013 – Reuters

The Oil Boom’s Foreign Policy Dividend

John Hannah

The domestic benefits of the U.S. oil production boom are well documented — everything from the creation of high-paying jobs to sending less money... more...

2nd June 2013 – Foreign Affairs

Build, Baby, Build

For those of us old enough to remember the 1973 oil crisis, the current North American oil-and-gas boom has a slightly surreal quality: The familiar problem of high energy demand... more...

7th March 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

How to Beat OPEC

Clifford D. May

If you suffer a heart attack but your doctor thinks you’ve got a nasty case of indigestion, the medicine he prescribes probably won’t cure you. The same applies to policymaking and legislating:... more...

19th February 2013 – Foreign Policy

In Obama’s Waning America, a Glimmer of Hope on Energy Security

John Hannah

For national security conservatives, last week's State of the Union address was something of a wasteland. On the most pressing challenges facing the nation -- Iranian and North Korean nukes, Syria's meltdown... more...

7th January 2013 – The Truman Project

The Political Prospects of an Open Fuel Standard in Obama’s Second Term

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At the beginning of President Obama’s first term, there was reason to believe that an Open Fuel Standard (OFS) could pass within four years. It did not, and now the OFS faces a different political climate... more...

17th December 2012 – The Truman Project

Will the U.S. Enjoy “A Brighter Energy Outlook”?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The National Intelligence Council’s newly released Global Trends 2030 report is an important read for anybody interested in the rapidly evolving national-security environment. One part of the report sure... more...

23rd October 2012 – The National Interest

Lobbying Through the Silver Screen

Hollywood movies, the bête noire of conservative Muslim culture, are an unusual investment for Middle Eastern oil magnates. But the United Arab Emirates, the fourth-largest energy... more...

15th October 2012 – Foreign Policy

How Oil Dependence Undermines America’s Effort to Stop the Iranian Bomb

John Hannah

Energy issues have figured prominently in Governor Romney's campaign. Achieving "North American energy independence" has been a central pillar of the 5-point economic plan... more...

27th August 2012 – National Review Online

Natural Gas for Cars

Recent headlines provoked by two positive but modest developments — a slight early-summer decline in gasoline prices and a laudable increase in domestic oil production — have trumpeted... more...

8th March 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

How to Stop Putting Gas in the Islamist Tank

Clifford D. May

Islamists are a diverse lot. Some are what diplomats like to call “violent extremists.” They want to kill you. Others are less eager to shed blood, more confident that by mastering electoral politics, manipulating international organizations... more...

11th January 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Five Trends Likely to Shape the U.S.’s National Security This Decade

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

My last post for Gunpowder & Lead began with the entirely accurate observation that few forms of writing are consistently less satisfying than “five myths” pieces. more...

15th December 2011 – National Post

The New Canada-U.S. Love-In, Built on Iranian Nukes and Alberta Oil

At a dinner event hosted at the Canadian embassy in Washington last week, former U.S. national security advisor Robert “Bud” McFarlane was asked to explain why America has no “energy policy.” more...

8th December 2011 – Scripps Howard News Service

Buried Treasure

Clifford D. May

America is in economic distress. The crisis threatens our national security because a nation that is weak economically cannot be strong in other ways. more...

13th October 2011 – Scripps Howard News Service

We’ve Been Warned

Clifford D. May

Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, had a saying: “The Americans cannot do a damned thing.” Tehran has tested that proposition time and again – conspiring, over three decades, to kill Americans in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan. more...

20th September 2011 – The New York Times

How to Weaken the Power of Foreign Oil

Our country has just gone through a sober national retrospective on the 9/11 attacks. Apart from the heartfelt honoring of those lost — on that day and since — what seemed most striking is our seeming passivity and indifference toward the well from which our enemies draw their political strength and financial power. more...


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