The Great Debate

Why $40 oil is killing Iraq, Venezuela and others, but not Russia

By John Lloyd
August 28, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists after submerging into the waters of the Black Sea inside a research bathyscaphe as part of an expedition in Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists after submerging into the waters of the Black Sea inside a research bathyscaphe in Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Iran nuclear deal: Why the private sector will decide whether it survives

By Nate Olson
July 15, 2015
A man adjusts signs during the 15th International Oil and Gas Conference  in Tehran

A man adjusts signs during the 15th International Oil and Gas Conference in Tehran, November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz ​

Big loser in any nuclear deal with Iran may be Russia

By Agnia Grigas and Amir Handjani
July 10, 2015
General view of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of Tehran

A general view of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, built by Russia, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/IRNA/Mohammad Babaie

from Breakingviews:

Why $65 per barrel oil looks like a ceiling, not a floor

June 1, 2015

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Additional reporting and writing by Kevin Allison. The authors are Reuters Breakingviews  columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

How an Iran nuclear deal means cheaper oil and why Tehran is OK with that

By Jan H. Kalicki
May 12, 2015
Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran's Persian Gulf coast

Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field, owned jointly by Iran and Qatar, are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, May 27, 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Next Deepwater Horizon-scale oil spill could be caused by cyber attack

April 20, 2015
To match Feature BP/PLAINTIFFS

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handou

from Edward Hadas:

The oil price is just plain wrong

By Edward Hadas
January 5, 2015

The price sign outside Costco in Westminster, Colorado, shows gas selling for $1.81.9 for the first time in years

The oil price is still too high, often too low and much too volatile. In other words, this is a market that doesn’t work well for anyone.

from Ian Bremmer:

Oil price plummet won’t help U.S. with Iran or Russia

By Ian Bremmer
November 11, 2014

A motorist holds a fuel pump at a Gulf petrol station in London

Plummeting oil prices — down more than 25 percent since June to three-year lows — should relieve pressure on consumers at the pump. But is it pushing oil-exporting regimes past the breaking point?

Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out

By William E. Pomeranz
November 4, 2014

Russia's President Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Western sanctions have left Russia in dire financial circumstances — stuck somewhere between recession and stagnation. Though proven solutions exist for what now ails Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s geo-strategic and political choices have rendered these traditional economic approaches unworkable.