Maintaining international security and pursuing American interests is more difficult now than perhaps at any time in history. The security environment that the United States faces is more complex, dynamic, and difficult to predict. At the same time, no domestic consensus exists on the purposes of American power and how best to pursue them.
The recent decline in world oil prices is likely to constrain economic growth and investment in the Caspian region.
The steep decline in global oil prices has dealt a blow to earnings for many energy-exporting states, pushing their finances and investment projects over the red line.
On June 2, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Clean Power Plan (CPP), a proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from the nation’s existing fossil fuel-fired generation facilities. As the central pillar of the Obama Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change, the draft rule’s release was both highly anticipated and contentious.
Lately President Vladimir Putin of Russia has transformed what others saw as either his tactical nimbleness or dangerous unpredictability into performance art. Putin’s actions may not always achieve a positive result, however. The annexation of Crimea and expanding conflict in Donbas in Ukraine caused severe damage to the Russian economy and to the standard of living of average Russians.
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The rapid drop in oil prices over the past six months has spawned a wide range of (at times, conflicting) conspiracy theories on how and why oil prices are falling.
In 2013, global mining revenues  were roughly $731 billion, or about five and a half times total annual official development assistance (ODA).
Perhaps no other energy topic today elicits such starkly polarized attitudes as coal. Coal is vilified as a dirty fuel by some and praised as a necessary means for developing economies to modernize by others. These debates are unlikely to subside, as coal is the second-largest primary energy source in the world today and coal consumption is expected to keep growing for decades to come.
Opinion surveys demonstrate that a majority of Americans consider Asia the most important region to U.S. interests, and a majority of Asia experts support the Obama administration’s goal of a “pivot” or “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region.
A large number of commentaries have characterized the current oil market decline, down more than 40 percent since June, as a sort of stand-off between Middle Eastern oil producers and the tight oil producers in the United States.