Oil Production

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC

The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.

Climate activists hold placards as they march from the offices of Royal Dutch Shell towards Parliament Square in London on Sept. 8, 2020.

Why Shaking Up Big Oil Could Be a Pyrrhic Victory

Cutting oil production creates new risks and may not speed climate progress—unless we ensure demand falls too.

Protesters hold smoke flares as they take part in a demonstration organized by the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and the Dutch climate activist group Code Rood at the Shell headquarters in The Hague on May 18.

Big Oil’s Tobacco Moment

Shell is responsible for more emissions than most countries. A new court ruling holds it accountable.

A cardboard cutout of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is used at a protest.

The Myth of a Green Canada

Is Trudeau too tied to oil and gas to put Canada on a progressive environmentalist course?

Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory.

Putin’s Shadow Warriors Stake Claim to Syria’s Oil

Companies linked to the Wagner group are snapping up oil and gas leases—with an eye to pumping influence, not oil.

A Saudi man talks on his cell phone under the shade of solar panel at a solar plant in al-Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.

Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity

To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.

An employee wearing a face mask fills up a car at a gas station in Bangkok on March 9, 2020.

Is Gas About to Get Much More Expensive?

Oil prices are rising as observers debate whether it’s a blip or the start of a new supercycle.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

An employee of Angola's national oil company, Sonangol, wears a protective helmet at the Sonangol Luanda Refinery on Oct. 22, 2020.

Energy Transition Is the Future. National Oil Companies Are Betting on the Past.

State-owned oil companies are on the verge of investing $400 billion in projects incompatible with the Paris Agreement. If they fail, it could spark an emerging market debt crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia meet at the Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh on Oct. 14, 2019.

The New Geopolitics of Energy

Foreign Policy’s five best reads on the dramatic shift in energy policy in 2020.

Members of the Iraqi security forces wearing protective masks and gloves stand guard in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on May 5.

Iraq’s Economic Collapse Could Be Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Headache

If the Iraqi government fails to pay state workers’ salaries in January, it could lead to widespread instability and violence. The United States and the international community must shore up Baghdad’s finances before it’s too late.

View of the Peace Monument outside the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas on April 22.

Is OPEC Over?

After 60 years, the organization is struggling to weather the pandemic and peak oil—but there is a way forward.

The Wilmington ARCO refinery in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 19, 2003.

The End of Oil Supremacy

If Biden wins, oil prices may fall, setting in motion the reconfiguration of the world energy industry.

A power plant in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah.

Iraq’s Future Isn’t Oil, It’s Sustainable Electricity

As the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Islamic State insurgency, revolutionizing the country’s energy sector could be the key to long-term security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia meet at the Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh on Oct. 14, 2019.

Everything You Think About the Geopolitics of Climate Change Is Wrong

The transition to a zero-carbon world will shift power in very unexpected ways.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

A dhow sails past a crude oil tanker near the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, on Oct. 22, 2019.

UAE Deal Boosts Israeli Oil Pipeline Secretly Built With Iran

The Jewish state is about to play a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade and petroleum politics.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting in Shanghai on May 22, 2014.

Iran’s Pact With China Is Bad News for the West

Tehran’s new strategic partnership with Beijing will give the Chinese a strategic foothold and strengthen Iran’s economy and regional clout.

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