It's Still the One
Oil's very future is being seriously questioned, debated, and challenged. The author of an acclaimed history explains why, just as we need more oil than ever, it is changing faster than we can keep up with.
By Daniel Yergin
Subpriming the Pump
Oil wealth used to hurt only those who had it. Now, it’s hurting everyone.
By Mahmoud A. El-Gamal and Amy Myers Jaffe
Don't Be Crude
Why Barack Obama's energy-independence talk is just demagoguery.
By Prince Turki al-Faisal
Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil
It succors and drowns human life. And for the last eight years, oil—and the people and places that make it—was my obsession.
By Peter Maass
The Great Pipeline Opera
Inside the European pipeline fantasy that became a real-life gas war with Russia.
By Daniel Freifeld
Seven Myths About Alternative Energy
As the world looks around anxiously for an alternative to oil, energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and nuclear seem like they could be the magic ticket. They're not.
By Michael Grunwald
Is a Green World a Safer World?
A guide to the coming green geopolitical crises.
By David J. Rothkopf
Amid war and recession, Americans are in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact mood. But that, says a leading architect of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, is no reason to adopt a misguided doctrine.
By Paul Wolfowitz
The Devil's Excrement
Can oil-rich countries avoid the resource curse?
By Moisés Naím
How High Will It Go?
Why the price of oil might spike dramatically once again.
By The McKinsey Global Institute
Summer Reading of Our Discontent
Escapism is flourishing in the Great Recession.
By Liesl Schillinger
Very, Very Lost in Translation
How the Egyptian literary czar who wants to lead the world’s top cultural body got caught up in his own country's anti-Semitism.
By Raymond Stock
The Early Read
on graphic histories.
Nuclear poker with Kim Jong Il
By James McManus
France without illusions
By Natalie Nougayrède
Why Asia Wins
Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, says Minxin Pei underestimates the significance of Asia's growth in "Think Again: Asia's Rise." Economic Strategy Institute President Clyde Prestowitz suggests authoritarian leadership helped drive the region's success.
Defending Ban Ki-moon
Vijay Nambiar, chief of staff to the U.N. secretary-general, says Jacob Heilbrunn's criticism of his boss in "Nowhere Man" is unfairly focused on style, not substance.
The Baltic Bubble
Economists Edward Hugh and Daniel Mitchell critique Edward Lucas's analysis of the collapse of the Baltic states. Hugh thinks long-term demographic trends are worrying, while Mitchell sees cause for optimism.
Africa Fails Again
George Ayittey of the Free Africa Foundation observes that most African countries in the Failed States Index followed the same depressing formula to failure.