Energy Articles

A Repsol plant before a ceremony to inaugurate the completion of a new phase at the Margarita-Huacaya gas refinery in the region of Chaco, southeastern Bolivia, Oct. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

Latin America Weighs Risk and Rewards of Shale Revolution

By Paul Shortell
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Latin America faces difficult choices as it looks to expand its nascent shale gas and oil industry. With approximately one-fourth of the world’s recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, the region is poised to reap the benefits of fracking, but it must weigh those against local resistance and environmental risks. more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Must Address Indigenous Concerns

By Alexis Arthur
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President Enrique Pena Nieto has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of investment in Mexico’s overhauled energy sector. Yet the energy boom could negatively impact Mexico’s indigenous communities. New government laws, critics say, give preferential treatment to private development over community rights. more

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

By Jessica C. Varnum
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In the run-up to the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, alarmists are again warning of an imminent race to nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle East in the guise of peaceful nuclear programs. But the logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. more

Thunder God: Values, Corruption and Nigeria’s Election

By Sarah Chayes
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Corruption is not only a problem of governance, but a profound moral challenge for Nigerian society. It helps explain the results of last month’s remarkable presidential election, as well as the emergence and endurance of the radical Boko Haram insurgency that has terrorized northern Nigeria. more

Qatar Ties Reflect India’s Middle East Balancing Act

By Saurav Jha
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India’s growing ties with Qatar are part of a broader policy of Indian engagement throughout the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, on issues from labor access to energy security. India is hedging its bets against the threat of more instability, using diversified partnerships across the region to protect its interests. more

Special Report

Chavismo After Chavez: Venezuela in the Maduro Era

By The Editors
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Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela finds itself mired in crisis. A drop in energy prices has devastated an already weak economy, while a crackdown on civil society has stifled the political opposition. This report draws on articles covering Venezuela from the outset of President Nicolas Maduro’s tenure. more

Global Insider

To Meet Growing Demand, Jordan Turns to Nuclear Energy

By The Editors
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Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant. In an interview, David Schenker, director of the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discussed Jordan’s nuclear energy policy. more

Global Insider

Despite Falling Energy Prices, Arctic Oil Exploration Likely to Continue

By The Editors
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The U.S. Department of the Interior is due to decide this week if Royal Dutch Shell can restart drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska after it was forced to shut down operations in 2012. In an interview, Robert Huebert, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, discussed Arctic drilling amid the slump in global oil prices. more