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21st June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Urges Saudis to Stabilize Oil Prices, Underscoring Continued Energy Insecurity

John Hannah

Tomorrow in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet with several non-OPEC producers, including Russia, to chart the future of the global oil market. The group – informally known as OPEC plus – will decide whether to ease production cuts that were implemented in 2016 in an effort to drive up prices, which had crashed to a 13-year low. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Major Austrian Energy Firm to Leave Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

OMV, a major Austrian energy firm, will no longer resist U.S. efforts to re-impose sanctions on Iran. “Let’s face it, you cannot simply carry on in Iran,” said CEO Reiner Seele, “U.S. sanctions are a much bigger risk for OMV’s business than any possible compensation that Europe ... could offer.” The OMV reversal follows the decision of oil giants such as Total, British Petroleum, and Lukoil to leave Iran’s market despite European governments’ opposition to U.S. policy. more...

30th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Is Right to Target Saudi-Russian Collusion

John Hannah

For those who want to see what a real case of Russian collusion looks like, check out what has been happening in global oil markets for the past year and a half. In late 2016, Russia and Saudi Arabia conspired to cut supply and raise prices. more...

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...

22nd February 2017 – The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the petroleum

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention. 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...

27th January 2015 – The National Interest

Cheap Oil Won’t Stop Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

As President Obama made clear in his State of Union address on Tuesday, U.S. officials are reasonably confident that they have Iran just where they want it. 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...

28th June 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Lose LOST

Clifford D. May

At some point this year, President Obama is expected to ask the Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty, known to its critics as LOST. Every living former secretary of state has endorsed LOST. more...

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