Iran nuclear deal is huge potential step forward

By Edward Hadas
July 14, 2015

The hope is that the 100-page agreement will help keep oil cheap, spur rapid growth in the Iranian economy and lead to less fighting in the Middle East. But sanctions can be revived quickly if things don’t go to plan. Mistrust remains endemic. Optimists will have to be patient.

Iran deal moves oil closer to long bear market

By Edward Hadas
April 7, 2015

A framework deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program is likely to bring the country’s oil exports way up. Like Saudi Arabia, Iran gains more from market share than it loses from low prices. Higher-cost producers will take time to adjust.

Kim Jong-un could thaw dictatorship into growth

March 1, 2012

If North Korea’s basketball-loving young master really wants to build on his limited nuclear deal with the U.S., land reform would be a good place to start. That should boost food supplies and stimulate small business. Privatizations, big finance and crony capitalism can wait.

Japanese economy needs nuclear second chance

By Christopher Swann
April 5, 2013

Shinzo Abe's goal of weakening the yen will make electricity even pricier in a country that imported over 80 pct of its energy even before the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The accident damaged confidence, but Japan's revival could falter without a hefty nuclear energy program.

U.S. nuclear hopes choked by low emission costs

By Christopher Swann
May 20, 2010

Nuclear power advocates in the United States may see their hopes choked by low emissions costs.

UK’s nuclear rebirth comes at a fair price

By Pierre Briancon
October 21, 2013

An EDF-led consortium will invest 16 billion pounds to build the first plant of the UK’s nuclear reset. The government will pay a fixed price for the energy produced from 2023. Investors will take on any extra cost. The deal looks balanced – barring major energy market turmoil.