Energy

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

Putinology

The Ferocious Pirates of Greenpeace

Russia's decision to charge environmental activists with piracy sets an ominous precedent.

Anna Nemtsova |

Letters

Ottawa Is No Caracas

Debating what it means to be a "rogue petrostate." 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Let's Power Africa

Cowboys Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. But African leaders, together with the White House and U.S. Congress, are working to end the scourge of energy poverty.

Ellen Johnson SIrleaf |

Lab Report

Libya Goes for Broke

The economic paradox of Libya: It’s rich, but it’s bankrupt.

Fayruz Abdulhadi |

Argument

Oil Kingdom

Shale is the new peak oil, and that's why Saudi Arabia still rules global energy markets.

John Sfakianakis |

Argument

Green Water

Can the U.S. Navy win the eco-arms race?

Ray Mabus |

Argument

The New Power Generation

Why the U.S. government's plan to coordinate and invest in African energy could light up the continent.

Dale Mathias |

Report

Nuclear Waste

How the U.S. spent billions on a plan that increases the danger of proliferation.  

Douglas Birch |

In Box

Oh, Canada

How America's friendly northern neighbor became a rogue, reckless petrostate.

Andrew Nikiforuk |

Christian Caryl

Why Iran Can't Reform

Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The World in 2030

The United Nations is vowing to end extreme poverty within our lifetimes. Here's why that might actually be realistic.

John Norris |

Argument

Prepare to Start Making Things Again

Why America's natural gas boom is good news for U.S. manufacturing and bad news for China.

Charles R. Morris |

Argument

Russia's Energy Bully Takes a Fall

Just a few years ago, Gazprom had Europe eating out of its hand. But now, the energy giant -- and Putin's power base -- looks set for hard times.

Alexandros Petersen |

Argument

Mongolia's Growing Pains

Mongolia's blue skies may soon be darkening. A key challenge: Putting the mining companies in their place. 

Peter Murrell |

Argument

Egypt's Financial High Noon

Cairo needs to tackle its subsidy addiction. And yes, it’s not going to be easy.

Isobel Coleman |

Dispatch

Xi Pivots to Moscow

What message is China's new leader sending with his first overseas trip?

John Garnaut |

Argument

The Empire Makes Nice

Is it time for a Venezuela reset?

Michael Shifter |

Argument

Who's Winning the Great Energy Rat Race?

China just passed the United States as the world's leading oil importer. America should be happy to be No. 2.

Robin M. Mills |

Interview

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

Joshua E. Keating |

Reality Check

Tribes With Flags

How the Arab Spring has exposed the myth of Arab statehood.

Aaron David Miller |

Daniel Altman

The United Petrostates of America

Ordinary Americans are about to find out why they call it the “resource curse.”

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Other Resource Curse

Moving away from fossil fuels could be devastating for some of the world's poorest countries.

Michael Levi |

David Rothkopf

The Next Appointments

Obama is about to name a new international economic team. Will he use this opportunity wisely?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Venezuelan Roulette

With Hugo Chávez's health uncertain, narcogenerals and Cuban-backed ideologues are vying for influence in Venezuela.

Roger F. Noriega |

Feature

Eve of Disaster

Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

Charles Emmerson |

Review

Gorging on Investment, Choking on Red Tape

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Does the GOP Need a New Foreign Policy?

Can the Republican Party survive without coming to terms with the Bush-Cheney years? FP's Shadow Government team weighs in.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

David Rothkopf

Cursed With Plenty

America is on the verge of an energy boom. But will abundant shale gas create more problems than it fixes? 

David Rothkopf |

In Box

A New Law of Petropolitics

Sorry, Tom Friedman, higher oil prices don't always mean lower levels of democracy.

Joshua E. Keating |