July 30, 2013 – Aerial view of a gas and oil refinery in Bismarck, North Dakota. The state has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


Oil and Gas Game Changers

November 21, 2014

What really drove Russia and China to cut a $400 billion gas deal? Can other nations emulate America’s success with unconventional gas? What’s behind the US shale oil boom?

Unconventional Gas: Lessons Learned from Around the World
The Sino-Russian Gas Partnership: Explaining the 2014 Breakthrough
The Shale Oil Boom: A U.S. Phenomenon




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November 19, 2014

"Why Low Oil Prices Could Make Russia's Putin Even More Combative"

The Street

By Leonardo Maugeri, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program/Geopolitics of Energy Project

If history is any guide, Vladimir Putin's iron grip on Russia could be threatened by the lowest oil prices in a decade. It also partly explains his increasingly belligerent stance toward the West. 



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November 19, 2014

"Obama's revival in foreign policy"

Boston Globe

By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

It is far too early to count out President Obama as a foreign policy lame duck.

During last week's successful Asia trip, Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an important Climate Change agreement along with technology, visa and military transparency deals. This is a welcome sign that the US and China are capable of taking on tough challenges together.

But, there are other international obstacles ahead for Obama. Can he face down Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and find a way to reach a deal with Iran to block its nuclear ambitions?

Are we witnessing an Obama revival on foreign policy?



November 18, 2014

Podcast: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy Amidst Regional Instability with Prince Turki Al Faisal

By Prince Turki Al Faisal

An audio recording from His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States (2005-2007) and former Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate (1977-2001).

On November 18, 2014 Prince Turki spoke on regional instability and forces at work in the region, including power politics, energy markets, violent extremism, and theological divides, in a public address moderated by Kennedy School professor Nicholas Burns.



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November 17, 2014

"What the Cold War Can Teach Us About Containing ISIL"

Just Security

By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Last week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, met with senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad where he notably left the door open for deploying additional US troops in an effort to defeat ISIL that, he claimed, will likely take years.

Before ISIL can be defeated, it must be contained and the ideological divide during the Cold War serves as a useful starting point for conceiving a containment strategy against ISIL.



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November 14, 2014

"Danger of Russian Aggression Outweighs Nuclear Danger"

New York Times

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Until Russia removes its troops from eastern Ukraine and ceases its military support to pro-Russian separatists there, the United States should suspend any discussion on future arms reductions or cooperation on securing Russian nuclear materials and weapons.



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