Commentary

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Jamie Webster

Nonresident Fellow Jamie Webster writes in The National how the agreement in Vienna is a reminder that OPEC is still influential and capable of collective action.

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Jason Bordoff

Director Jason Bordoff writes in Thomson Reuters how OPEC has shown flexibility and pragmatism in dealing with the oil price crash. While OPEC may not be controlling the market as they once did, they are still relevant and capable of collective action.

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Center on Global Energy Policy

Following a Global Energy Dialogue on the Niger Delta in October 2016 which brought together more than thirty senior international experts, Matthew Page, an expert on Nigeria who recently left the U.S. State Department, authored a policy memorandum which outlines current challenges and opportunities for the Nigeria petroleum sector as well as recommendations to both public and private actors as a first step to resolving some of the issues which have plagued the sector.

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Jason Bordoff

Director Jason Bordoff writes in Thomson Reuters that if President-elect Trump wants to keep his promise to achieve "energy independence," he must continue on the Obama Administration's path of raising fuel economy standards to cut oil use.

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Dr. James Stock

Nonresident Fellow James Stock writes in The Hill that the EPA's 2017 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will allow policymakers to move beyond the debate between big corn and big oil that has plagued RFS policy. Focus can now be placed on the real promise of the standards: the domestic second-generation biofuels that create American jobs, enhance energy security, and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

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Richard Nephew

Program director Richard Nephew explores what Trump might do in his four years in office from the perspective of economic statecraft and the logical results of his actions.

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Jason Bordoff, Richard Nephew

In a new commentary Jason Bordoff and Richard Nephew examine what reimposing sanctions on Iran would mean for oil markets. They first assess the likelihood that sanctions reimposition would pull large volumes of Iranian oil off the market and then what impact that would have on oil markets and how the possibility of reimposition affects Iran’s negotiating posture within OPEC.

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Richard Nephew

Program director Richard Nephew explores what would happen should President-elect Trump attempt to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal in a new commentary. Nephew outlines and addresses three key questions that face the next Administration: Can the future president get more from Iran as part of a negotiated arrangement?; How much more does he need to get to declare success?; What will he risk in order to get it?

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Jason Bordoff

Director Jason Bordoff writes in the Wall Street Journal that while the outlook for bipartisan cooperation on energy may seem bleak, it will be important for both sides of the aisle to look for potential areas of common ground after a deeply divisive campaign. Bordoff points to investment in energy research and development as an area which has long enjoyed broad support in both parties as a way to boost American competitiveness.

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Jason Bordoff

In a written debate/discussion in The Wall Street Journal, Director Jason Bordoff discusses OPEC's relevance and the future of the organization with Helima Croft, head of commodity strategy, RBC Capital Markets and Bassam Fattouh, director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

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