Oil

Argument

Oil Kingdom

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

John Sfakianakis |

In Box

Oh, Canada

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

Andrew Nikiforuk |

Daniel Altman

Hugonomics

Was Chávez good for Venezuela?

Daniel Altman |

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 |

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 Kingdom of No Surprises

The more things change in Saudi Arabia, the more they remain the same.

Michael Stephens |

Argument

The End of the Latin American Left

Will Hugo Chávez's revolution die with him?

Alvaro Vargas LLosa |

Argument

The Other Resource Curse

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

Michael Levi |

Argument

The Eradicateurs

Why Algeria doesn't talk to terrorists -- even if that means killing hostages.

Geoff D. Porter |

In Box

A New Law of Petropolitics

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

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box

The Law Still Stands

Why I stand by my arguments about oil and dictatorship.

Thomas L. Friedman |

Argument

Feeling the Pain in Tehran

As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

Keeping the Flame Alive

This Hanukkah, Israel doesn't have to worry about running out of oil.

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Nightmare Squared

Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

Pedro Pizano |

Terms of Engagement

Adapt or Die

Still think climate change is a joke?

James Traub |

Feature

The Backfire in Baghdad

How ExxonMobil's God Pod beat Iraq's oil chieftains at their own game.

Ben Van Heuvelen |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

China's Oil Investment Is Not a Threat

The Chinese purchase of a Canadian oil company is something U.S. officials should welcome, not fear.

Erica Downs |

Argument

Chavez Rides Again

Make no mistake: Hugo Chávez's victory in Sunday's election marks another step in the erosion of Venezuela's democratic institutions.

Michael Albertus |

Argument

The Sanctions Conundrum

Some say the sanctions against Tehran are working. But wasn't the Iranian economy already a basket case?

Peter Passell |

Argument

No Exit

For the first time in many years, Venezuela’s presidential election is raising the possibility of an electoral defeat for Hugo Chávez. But if he loses, does that mean he’ll go?

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Argument

The Real Reason Energy Traders Are Losing Sleep

This time, it's Western politicians, not Arabian sheikhs, who are roiling the oil markets.

Blake Clayton |

Christian Caryl

An Idealist on Death Row

Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Save Benghazi

How the citizens of Benghazi are pushing back against the killers of a U.S. diplomat many considered their friend.

Christopher Stephen |

Interview

How to Save the Regime in Tehran

Shirin Ebadi, Iran's leading human rights activist, explains why on attack on the country's nuclear program is just what the mullahs have been yearning for.

Nazila Fathi |

Christian Caryl

The Problem with Patriotism

The dispute over islands in the East China Sea is stirring up nationalist passions in the region. That doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Regulating the Resource Curse

How a small change by the SEC could prevent war, decrease corruption, and help developing countries fight Big Oil.

Jeff Colgan |

Letters

Boom Time

Energy independence is in the United States' reach.

Adrienne Klasa |

Argument

The Last Free Oligarch

Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Fridman thought he could get away with crossing Vladimir Putin. He miscalculated -- badly.

Steve LeVine |