Oil Production

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.

The Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel is seen in the Gulf of Gdansk in the Baltic Sea on May 4. According to Russia's energy minister, the ship could be involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The U.S. Is Close to Killing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

But it’s a race between slow construction and slower sanctions.

A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds

It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.

A used fuel barrel sits in the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi, on May 22, 2011.

After Decades of Wrong Predictions, Oil May Finally Be Peaking

Thanks to the pandemic, demand is flattening faster than expected. In turn, the energy economy could transform sooner rather than later.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

An excavator loads a truck with oil sands.

Albertan Officials Are Using Orwellian Methods to Protect Oil and Gas

As its energy industry comes under threat, the oil-rich province is taking aim at environmental activists.

Environmental activists rally for accountability for fossil fuel companies outside of New York Supreme Court on Oct. 22, 2019 in New York City.

Oil Price Crash Revives Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns

Climate activists say this is the moment for colleges and major institutions to dump their investments.

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