The Pope, Markets, and Volkswagen

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by Paul R. Pillar Anticipating this week’s visit by Pope Francis, different political factions and interests in the United States have been hoping to hear words from the popular pontiff that are consistent with their own agendas. They also are… Continue Reading  

Big Oil in Retreat

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by Michael Klare The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as a major but temporary calamity for the… Continue Reading  

Looking at Armenian-Iranian Relations Through a Russian Lens

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by Alex Vatanka The late January visit to Armenia by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif got little media attention, but it could have significant ramifications for geopolitics in Eurasia. Specifically, the trip could help Russia gain a trade outlet that… Continue Reading  

Why Stabilizing Libya is so Hard

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by Wayne White As the violence in Libya grinds on and the two rival governments find little common ground, months of UN efforts to broker talks have been frustrated. Although both are insecure, the competing governments believe they have some… Continue Reading  

For Saudi Arabia, Supply and Demand Trump Geopolitics

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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