Opinion – Compromising US Energy Security for International Oil Market Stability

Benjamin Cherry-Smith • Apr 25 2020 • Articles

Trump has placed the US in a position to have its oil production manipulated by a cartel vying to remain relevant and a geopolitical rival seeking leverage.

Oil Power Politics amidst a Global Pandemic

Benjamin Cherry-Smith • Apr 12 2020 • Articles

Despite recent developments, the US has been unable to broker a longer term end to the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia as the motives of the three states vary.

Revisiting OPEC’s Democratic Roots in the Age of Climate Emergency

Michael Dobson • Jan 17 2020 • Articles

The climate movement does not typically look to the oil industry for its heroes. Yet as policymakers have begun to follow activists in pursuing supply side climate policy, figures within OPEC’s history deserve to be studied.

OPEC+ and Beyond: How and Why Oil Prices Are High

Martin Beck • Jan 24 2019 • Articles

Assessments of recent developments in oil prices are problematic as delineations of the effects of market forces often lack sufficient complexity.

Online Resources – Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

E-International Relations • Aug 24 2018 • Online resources

A brief introduction to OPEC, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, with links and media to further explore.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Policy and the Failure of the Doha Oil Negotiations

Martin Beck • Jun 21 2016 • Articles

The decision of Saudi Arabia to let the Doha summit fail may be considered as a stone in the mosaic of Riyadh converting its foreign policy approach.

Doha Talks: Economic Failure or Geopolitical Success?

Ashay Abbhi • May 5 2016 • Articles

Riyadh has pulled off a clever maneuver by not signing a deal that it negotiated and agreed to as it has politically stalled its adversaries and has been a setback to its allies.

The Oil of Iran: Past and Present in Perspective

Gregory Brew • Jan 19 2016 • Articles

With vast oil and gas reserves to draw upon, Iran could transform itself into an energy superpower – yet there also remains a great deal of doubt.

Oil Prices, OPEC, and Oil Crisis: Collateral Damage in a Greater Game

Ashay Abbhi • Jan 12 2015 • Articles

With oil prices tumbling downward some are rejoicing, but by refusing to cut production OPEC has jeopardised the economy of some of its member states.

Weep for OPEC?

Rodger A Payne • Sep 10 2009 • Articles

Representatives from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are meeting in Vienna this week and the looming threat of Copenhagen is clearly on their agenda. I wrote “threat of Copenhagen” because OPEC states are primarily devoted to selling a commodity that is a significant source of climate change.

Investment bubbles and climate politics

Rodger A Payne • Aug 14 2009 • Articles

If you didn’t read Matt Taibbi’s piece “The Great American Bubble Machine” from Rolling Stone, then this is a good time to check it out. The article, which argues that the investment firm Goldman Sachs has been behind a series of disastrous speculative bubbles in recent years, has received a great deal of attention.

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