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Steve LeVine

Steve LeVine, Quartz's Washington correspondent, writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics, a juncture of some of the most important and quickly developing events and trends on the planet. Most recently, LeVine founded and ran The Oil and the Glory, a blog on energy and geopolitics at Foreign Policy magazine. He is the author of two books: The Oil and the Glory, a history of oil told through the 1990s-2000s oil rush on the Caspian Sea; a profile of Russia through the lives and deaths of six Russians.
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Why Putin Isn't Worried About Sanctions

7:28 PM ET Europe is warning Russian president Vladimir Putin of reputational harm if he shuts off the natural gas flow to the West, but judging by the behavior of western oil chiefs, he is secure if he dismisses the admonishment as so much noise. Energy—and not the deployment of incognito, ragtag or ...

Putin Isn't Invading Ukraine -- He's Sabotaging It

April 7, 2014 With Crimea in hand, Russia appears to be using powerful tools—from natural gas price hikes to a threat of the further loss of territory—to secure influence in the rest of Ukraine in advance of May 25 presidential elections. Russian president Vladimir Putin’s strategy seems to be not to actually invade ...

Putin Is Violating a Rule That Was Designed to Prevent World War Three

March 21, 2014 Russian president Vladimir Putin expressed the bitterness of the ages when he addressed his compatriots this week. For three centuries, the West had conspired to bottle up Russia within its borders—since the time of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the establishment of the country’s sweeping empire. But no ...

Putin Now Gets to Rewrite Rules Meant to Prevent World War III

March 20, 2014 Russian president Vladimir Putin expressed the bitterness of the ages when he addressed his compatriots this week. For three centuries, the West had conspired to bottle up Russia within its borders—since the time of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the establishment of the country’s sweeping empire. But no ...

Battery Maker's Fall Fuels Criticism of Federal Energy Investments

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the end of November 2012, Atul Kapadia and Sujeet Kumar hosted the staff of their startup company for a holiday lunch of Mexican food at a Palo Alto, California restaurant. For days, the pair—the CEO and CTO, respectively, of a lithium-ion battery company called Envia Systems—had awaited an email ...

China is Building a 'New Silk Road' in Afghanistan

July 31, 2013 For two years, the US State Department and the Pentagon have been incubating a plan to win the Afghan war without actually defeating the Taliban on the battleground. The idea is to triumph commercially by building a “New Silk Road”—a transportation-and-energy route to the West whose long-term financial dividends would ...

Another Dreamliner Is Forced to Land

July 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner on the way to Tokyo has landed in Boston, returning to its originating airport after a reported fault. An early report suggests a problem with the plane’s fuel pump could be to blame. But whatever the case, Boeing’s flagship airliner is starting to look star-crossed. ...

How To Keep Up With Events in Egypt in Real Time Without Getting Swamped

July 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you want to keep up with events in Egypt as they unfold but not be overwhelmed, here’s our carefully selected list of the best sources. Live-blog: The Guardian’s, which updates automatically without your needing to refresh the browser. Live TV feed from Tahrir Square: Reuters‘, which you can shrink ...

New Global Navy Challenges U.S. Dominance on the Seas

May 17, 2013 Offshore from Syria, Russia’s navy is conducting probably its largest naval deployment outside its own waters since the Soviet breakup. The Chinese navy is in another potential confrontation today with Japan in the East China Sea, and raising questions about where it is headed next. But the BRIC nations as ...

Dreamliners May Fly Again, but Not From Tokyo to Silicon Valley

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Someone has leaked the intention of US authorities to lift a no-flight ban on Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the jet grounded in January after fire and smoke erupted from its lithium-ion battery packs. Bloomberg, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times (last three paywall) are all quoting ...