How Venezuela Struck It Poor
The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.
Mexico’s Populist New President Unlikely to Derail Energy Reform
López Obrador won’t reverse the country’s historic oil opening — but he won’t expand it, either.
Sanctions Against Sudan Didn’t Harm an Oppressive Government — They Helped It
The end of economic isolation hasn’t brought a financial windfall or more freedom. Instead, the regime is as strong as ever while ordinary people suffer.
Trump’s Push to Ban Iranian Oil Could Mean Pain at the Pump
Big buyers of Iranian oil such as China are seen as unlikely to cut purchases to zero, but sanctions will still send crude prices higher.
This Isn’t Your Father’s OPEC Anymore
Global oil markets are controlled by Russia and Saudi Arabia — despite America’s shale boom.
OPEC Agrees to Boost Oil Output
The oil cartel vowed to add 1 million barrels a day to markets. It won’t add quite that much.
The West Is Letting Libya Tear Itself Apart
Calling for elections in the absence of stable institutions while competing for diplomatic and economic influence won’t rebuild the country — it will destroy it.
OPEC Close to Agreement to Open the Oil Taps
With or without Iranian cooperation, extra barrels of crude could help meet rising demand. But there’s still reason to fear a price spike later this year.
The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery
Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.
Conflict in Abyei Could Reignite South Sudan’s Civil War
If the U.N. withdraws peacekeepers from a long-contested oil-rich enclave, it's likely to spark further fighting in an already unstable region.
Why the West Needs Azerbaijan
There is only one way for vital Asian oil and gas resources to reach Europe without passing through Russia and Iran: through the narrow “Ganja Gap.”
In the Middle East, Soon Everyone Will Want the Bomb
The region is at risk of a nuclear arms race. Washington needs to stop proliferation before it starts.
China Has Decided Russia Is Too Risky an Investment
The economics of a major oil deal seemed to make sense. But when energy companies are arms of the state, economics aren't the only factor.
An Arms Deal Won’t Heal What Ails Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s president is trying to prove he can get from Washington what his predecessor couldn’t, but it might not be enough to get him re-elected.
Trump’s Iran Policy Is Blowing Up His Energy Agenda
The U.S. president wanted to be energy independent, but he’s forcing his country to get more deeply involved in the global oil market.
What Happens if the U.S. Bows Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal?
By reimposing sanctions, Trump risks alienating Europe and freeing Iran to revive its nuclear program.
The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela
Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.
Trump Is Right to Target Saudi-Russian Collusion
Moscow and Riyadh are conspiring to rig global oil markets against the United States.
Azerbaijan’s Election Is a Farce
The United States should be condemning Ilham Aliyev’s corrupt regime rather than condoning it.
Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.
The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.