Category: ‘ Foreign Policy ’

 

Might Makes Right in South China Sea

It appears that the long-feared specter of energy disputes in the South China Sea may finally be materializing. China has launched its massive $1 billion HD-981 offshore drilling rig into waters that Vietnam (and the United Na...

Barrels at Risk: Nigeria

Tribal warfare. Illegal pipelines. Makeshift refineries. Oil theft. Chronic spills. Rampant corruption. Smuggling and fraud.  Nigeria’s oil industry, like those of many other OPEC member states, is a slow motion disaster, and h...

Oil Dependence: Bad actors, good solutions

Two energy-related reports were publicized this week, which might not appear to be all that “linked” at first glance. However, the two illustrate one of the most severe threats stemming from oil dependence, and one of the most...

Barrels at Risk: Algeria

“Analysts say Algeria’s sclerotic regime, dominated by a shadowy establishment rooted in military and intelligence circles, derives its legitimacy from the distribution of hydrocarbons ’rent’ through rampant social spendi...

Interview with Libya Expert Matthew M. Reed

Matthew M. Reed is a Washington, D.C. based analyst for Foreign Reports, a consultancy focused on oil and politics in the Middle East. His views on Libya have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and published in Foreign Policy....

Releasing the SPR: A Threat, with What Goal?

Earlier this week, the Department of Energy announced that it was conducting a “test” release of crude oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Five million barrels, roughly 1 percent of collected supplies, w...

Will Panama Canal Delays Throw a Wrench in LNG Exports to Asia?

Last week, we wrote about how American natural gas won’t be finding its way to Europe any time soon, and is far from a total antidote to the threat of Russia shutting  down natural gas supplies. The key reasons essentially boil...

Layers of Energy Insecurity in Venezuela

When Hugo Chavez died in March of last year, oil markets barely reacted—a somewhat surprising development considering that Venezuela’s national oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), was completely under the thumb of th...

Do Market Fundamentals Support Use of the ‘Natural Gas Weapon’?

Less than a week after Russian troops marched into the Crimean peninsula, the domestic debate on whether the United States should allow exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has abruptly changed. Up to this point, the debate h...

Crisis in Ukraine: Energy Resources

As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, two of SAFE’s recent reports can serve as valuable resources for policymakers and analysts seeking additional context, particularly of the drivers and constraints on Russian action...
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