More than meets the eye: The Saudis aren’t going into Syria just because they hate Assad

As if the war in Syria weren't worrisome enough, Saudi Arabia is now contemplating open intervention to match the Russians.  Beyond the obvious implications of Saudi special forces shooting down Russian jets, with all the madness that would entail, is an essential question: why?  Why would Saudi Arabia, long one of the few quiet, reliably … Continue reading More than meets the eye: The Saudis aren’t going into Syria just because they hate Assad

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What oil prices mean for geopolitics

2003 was a different era.  The U.S. waged a war of choice in Iraq; Putin's Russia was seen as a paper tiger; China's economic boom roared but didn't threaten; Dubai was unknown; and the United States seemed like it would forever be an oil importer. Much has changed.  But today, the price of oil dropped … Continue reading What oil prices mean for geopolitics