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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Dual demand and supply shocks have created historic oil crisis, IEA executive director says

Dramatically lower oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and an emerging supply glut caused by the failure of major oil producers to cut production has slammed the global oil market with a crisis “unique in history,” according to Dr. Fatih Birol.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Oil market meltdown?

Over the weekend of March 7–8, the breakdown of the previous oil production agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia led to the broader collapse of the arrangement between OPEC and OPEC+. What will the rift will mean for the global oil market?

EnergySource by John Soughan

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: Oil market meltdown: Price wars, coronavirus, and energy geopolitics

Last week’s breakdown of OPEC+ meetings in Vienna has turned a demand side driven decline in oil prices caused by the impacts of Coronavirus into an oil price war between two oil producing giants, with US shale production the ostensible target. If the standoff continues, however, the price war might ultimately do more harm to the Saudi and Russian economies. With increasing uncertainty about the depth of Coronavirus’ impact on global growth, the price war might also contribute to a sharp decline in the global economy. Helima Croft, David L. Goldwyn, Jean-Francois Seznec, Anders Aslund, and Randolph Bell discuss ongoing market volatility, the origins of the crisis, what’s next for US shale, and the implications of it all for energy and geopolitics

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Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Saudi Arabia and Russia feud over coronavirus oil response: Will everyone lose?

"While Russia’s decision last week not to support OPEC’s proposal for a production cut and the subsequent oil price war—which as of publishing has pushed Brent crude down more than 9 percent—is surely part of the larger story of the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, it is actually better understood as a geopolitical story about how US energy production growth has strengthened the United States’ international posture, which in turn has reshaped a number of global relationships," Randolph Bell says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

The impact of coronavirus on Gulf economies

Beyond the obvious public health crisis, the coronavirus has had a significant impact on Gulf economies, as it has with other countries around the world. What sets the GCC states apart is the damage that can be done by a Chinese slowdown.

MENASource by Jonathan Fulton

Coronavirus Middle East

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Frandrup quoted in the National on naval operations in the Gulf area

In the News by Atlantic Council

Maritime Security Security & Defense

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

US targets al-Qaeda leader: What it means for Yemen and the US counterterrorism mission

"When the United States is able to identify a terrorist abroad who threatens Americans, in the vast majority of cases the solution is relatively simple," William Wechsler says. "Simply reach out through law enforcement or intelligence channels and ask the local government to arrest them. Unfortunately, there remain a few places in the world in which the host governments have no practical ability to do so—indeed, in some of these places legitimate government authorities face a high risk of being killed if they tried. Yemen is one of these places."

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Conflict Terrorism

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Fontenrose joins VOA (Farsi) to talk about the deployment of additional US troops and aircraft to the Gulf

In the News by Atlantic Council

Farsi Middle East

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Why mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran keeps failing

Mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran means changing the balance of power in a way that pleases both countries.

IranSource by Banafsheh Keynoush

Iran Middle East