Iran’s Vulnerable Energy Supply and the Protests


by Sara Vakhshouri Unlike early 2017, when Iran’s energy industry started a year full of hope and prospects of potential growth, 2018 has started with different potential risks targeting its energy industry and production growth. Risks abound, particularly the prospect… Continue Reading  

How the OPEC Deal Breaks Down for Three Big Producers


by Sara Vakhshouri  OPEC got what it wanted with Wednesday’s agreement to cut oil production: higher prices. But that is a double-edged sword, as those higher prices could lead to a surge in production by U.S. shale producers and others… Continue Reading  

Saudi Energy Policies Unlikely to Shift Under New Minister


by Sara Vakhshouri Saudi Arabia’s energy policies are unlikely to change despite the fact that longtime energy minister, Ali al-Naimi, was removed on May 7 and Khalid al-Falih appointed as his successor. There has already been much speculation and concern about… Continue Reading  

For Saudi Arabia, Supply and Demand Trump Geopolitics


by Sara Vakhshouri The nearly 50-percent plunge in global oil prices since June 2014 has provoked a variety of analysis and speculation. Some see the hand of Saudi Arabia behind this drop, as part of an effort to squeeze Iran, its… Continue Reading  

Explainer: The Oil Price Plunge


by Sara Vakhshouri In the past several days—despite the conflicts affecting Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia—oil prices have been on a downward trend, hitting their lowest number in the past four years. As of October 2014, oil prices are more… Continue Reading