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Sat, May 16, 2020

Downstream oil theft: Countermeasures and good practices

Downstream oil theft has become a global problem. Since most of the world’s energy systems still rely on oil, fuel smugglers are nearly always able to find markets for their goods. Moreover, as oil is not inherently illegal, it is generally an easy product to move, buy, and sell. Profits from oil theft are frequently used to fund terrorism and other illegal activities.

Report by Dr. David Soud with contributing authors Dr. Ian Ralby and Rohini Ralby

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Virtual fireside chat with H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates

ONLINE EVENT – H.E. Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei discusses the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) energy strategy during the coronavirus pandemic and a period of historically low oil prices, as well as their medium- and long-term plans for energy portfolio diversification.


Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Virtual fireside chat with Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation: The Nigerian view on the global oil market

Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, discusses trends in Nigeria’s oil markets in the wake of COVID-19 and efforts to weather volatility during periods of low oil prices.


Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Sustainable aviation fuel policy in the United States: A conversation with Fred Ghatala

ONLINE EVENT – Fred Ghatala, director for carbon and sustainability at Advanced Biofuels Canada, discusses his new Atlantic Council Global Energy Center report on sustainable aviation fuel policy in the United States.




Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Blakemore quoted in Al Jazeera on oil price crisis and US-Saudi relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Oil and Gas Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: Oil Prices May Recover Before 2021

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Oil and Gas

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Carpenter in The Washington Post: Putin has just made two huge mistakes, and his timing couldn’t be worse

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Slavin joins Al-Jazeera (Arabic) to discuss US oil policy and US-Iran relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arabic Iran

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Herbst and Debra Cagan in The American Interest: How the oil shock will contain Putin

Russia’s foreign policy has always been closely tied to the price of its primary export—energy. With oil prices hitting record lows, can the country afford Vladimir Putin’s foreign adventures? Eurasia Center Director John Herbst joined Debra Cagan, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, to write an op-ed arguing that plunging oil prices will constrain […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

As US crude prices crumble, a difficult hand for the United States

As the market digests the final surge of oil from a Saudi-Russian price war prior to the implementation of production cuts on May 1, it may be that the tail end of a brutal supply glut has arrived and corresponding price stabilization—albeit at a very low price—will be soon to follow. But with oil demand projections reaching multi-decade lows, and US inventories continuing to build by record levels, the madness on April 20 suggests that US markets are far from out of the woods, putting policymakers and regulators in a tough position.

New Atlanticist by Reed Blakemore and John Soughan

Energy Markets & Governance Oil and Gas

Mon, Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 spells out new era for energy markets

Global energy markets are experiencing historic upheavals most evident by the dramatic drop in oil prices and demand. Yet, there are deeper structural upheavals at play and ones driven by changes over the past decade.

New Atlanticist by Agnia Grigas

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Containing Russian influence in Venezuela

The Russian government has been instrumental in preserving the Maduro regime, despite years of intense domestic and international pressure favoring a democratic transition, providing the regime invaluable diplomatic leverage, security personnel, and material, as well as an economic lifeline. The US strategy for a democratic Venezuela must recognize these realities and focus on containing Russian influence in Venezuela, as it cannot end it.

EnergySource by David L. Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: SEC Should Examine Massive Oil Stock Purchases On Eve Of OPEC+ Deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Oil and Gas

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Goldwyn quoted in AXIOS on US President Trump’s oil diplomacy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Oil and Gas Politics & Diplomacy