Dirty Laundry

If the West really wants to prevent developing countries from laundering money, it can start by cleaning up its own act.

Peter Reuter |


How to Lower the Price of Oil

The road to cheaper gas at the pump runs through Riyadh.

Bernard Haykel |


Treacherous Waters

The latest bad publicity for the global cruise industry is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ross A. Klein |


The Zero Man

Obama’s greatest obstacle to re-election isn’t Mitt Romney, or rising gas prices: It’s Ben Bernanke.

Heleen Mees |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Pope dons a sombrero, French police hunt suspected Islamists, and a Tongan king is laid to rest.

Slide Show |


The Driller in Chief

President Obama's critics say he's been a disaster for the energy industry. But the numbers tell a different story.

Michael Levi |


Between Iran and a Hard Place

Forced to choose between high gas prices and a nuclear Iran, Barack Obama could very well remake himself into a war president.

Gal Luft |


Nice Oil Imports You've Got There. Shame if You Lost Them.

Why Americans need to be more grateful to Canada.

Vaclav Smil |


The Fix Is In

Why the coming election in Iran will be the fakest one yet.

Jamsheed Choksy |

Slide Show

Scotland's Oil Boom

How the North Sea fields are fueling the hopes of Scottish separatists.

Slide Show |


Keystone Kops

Environmentalists picked the wrong battle in opposing the Keystone XL project.

Amy Myers Jaffe |


Crude Awakening

In Iraq's turbulent politics, whoever controls the oil production wields the power. And that might soon be ExxonMobil.

Ben Van Heuvelen |


Why Putinomics Isn't Worth Emulating

Don't let the Russian economy fool you: It's still all about oil.

Peter Passell |


The Kingdom of Magical Thinking

Widely assumed to be a fabulously wealthy welfare state, Saudi Arabia is in fact an economic basket case waiting to happen.

Robin M. Mills |

The List

How the West Was Drilled

From Alberta to the Brazilian Coast, a tour of the new American oil frontier that could eclipse the Middle East.

Charles Homans |

Photo Essay

Tour the South China Sea

A visual guide to understanding the conflict.

Philip Walker |

Special Report

The South China Sea Is the Future of Conflict

The 21st century's defining battleground is going to be on water.

Robert D. Kaplan |

The Optimist

Greening It Alone

The world is building a low-carbon global economy -- with or without the United States.

Charles Kenny |

The List

The Arab Recession

They may be cheering for democracy, but for most countries affected by the Arab Spring the economic news will have them crying.

Ty McCormick |

Terms of Engagement

Bashir's Choice

The brutal means that the Sudanese president has used to keep his country together have instead blown it apart in the most chaotic way possible.

James Traub |


Trouble Down South

For Saudi Arabia, Yemen's implosion is a nightmare.

Ellen Knickmeyer |

Terms of Engagement

Lift One from the Gipper

Tim Pawlenty has the Reaganite foreign policy talking points down, but do they add up to anything?

James Traub |

Failed States

Dark Crystal

Why didn't anyone predict the Arab revolutions?

Blake Hounshell |


Osama's Oil Obsession

Al Qaeda wants to hit Americans where it hurts: in their gas tanks.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Special Report

Big Oil in Turnaround

The world's biggest energy companies have bigger problems than Congress and are adrift in a marketplace they don't understand.

Edward C. Chow |

Special Report

Beyond Petroleum. Or Not.

Can Big Oil figure out the climate-friendly future of energy? Does it actually want to?

Bryan Walsh |

Special Report

Revenge of the Invisible Hand

How the free market shaped the new geopolitics of the oil industry.

Bruce Everett |


Outraged in Riyadh

Is the House of Saud dumping Obama?

Simon Henderson |