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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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The P5+1 Aren't All Aligned on Iran's Sanctions Relief

April 1, 2015 The Iran nuclear talks are now a day into overtime. The Chinese and French foreign ministers have left Lausanne, the Swiss city where the negotiations are continuing after the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement. The word is that the outcome will be far from the desired grand agreement, ...

George Washington Was the Last President to Face an All-out Foreign Policy Uprising

March 14, 2015 Turns out there’s a close precedent for the spectacle of a poisonously contrary opposing party urging Americans and foreigners alike to ignore the sitting US president. But we must reach back all the way to George Washington and the 1790s, says a leading scholar. In his day, Washington was branded ...

Russian Opposition Leader Shot Dead in Moscow

March 1, 2015 Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead on a Moscow street close to the Kremlin, in what may be a gangland-style hit. Убит Борис Немцов http://t.co/XKEG5hpXKh RT pls pic.twitter.com/vll2RV8RWm — Тот самый Мартин (@martin_camera) February 27, 2015 The killing of the 55-year-old Nemtsov, a liberal former deputy prime ...

Russia Is About To Absorb Part of Another Country

January 15, 2015 While Moscow continues to be hammered by low oil prices and western-led sanctions, it is doubling down on hard-edged political and financial retribution: Russia is preparing to absorb a province of neighboring Georgia, and delivering an ultimatum to Europe that it could lose much of the Russian gas on which ...

Baghdad, Kurds Put Aside Differences To Secure Oil from Smugglers

December 2, 2014 Iraqi Kurdistan’s days of smuggling tanker-loads of oil off the Turkish coast and through shadowy middlemen are over—at least for now. It has finally signed a deal with Baghdad that allows its oil to be exported legally, a concession by the Kurds, who have long sought a separate state, that ...

Hagel: The Easiest Man To Throw Overboard

November 25, 2014 Barack Obama faces a knot of simultaneous foreign-policy crises on a scale rarely confronted by recent presidents—a Middle East riven by civil war, nuclear ambition, and general upheaval; Russia at war with a neighbor and challenging the post-World War II institutional architecture; a confident China pushing against the US Navy. ...

What Iran Loses From the Failed Nuclear Talks

November 24, 2014 For Iran, the failure to reach a nuclear agreement in Vienna today has a dollar figure—about $1.6 billion a month in potential lost oil income. Each day, Iran will lose $56 million, according to its own figures. Last summer, Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Irancould boost its oil ...

This Is the Roadmap for Closing a Nuclear Deal With Iran

October 24, 2014 Hopeful officials in the Obama administration are circulating (paywall) a description of a potential nuclear deal with Iran, suggesting a chance of success after 11 years of talks in one form or another. To follow what happens next, it’s necessary to understand one basic fact—the calendar favors the Western side, ...

Where ISIS Is Taking a Big Hit

October 15, 2014 Among the petro-actors hurting right now is the Islamic State. As prices take another tumble today—oil hit new lows last seen in October 2010—ISIL is suffering not just lower income, but lost production. According to the International Energy Agency, US-led bombing runs have taken out most of the militant group’s ...

The 'It's About Oil' Theory in Iraq Is Still Inaccurate

August 11, 2014 Whenever the US takes military action in the Middle East, oil surfaces as the supposed primary rationale. So it is with president Barack Obama’s air war against ISIL, the Islamic militants who threaten Irbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. In the New Yorker, Steve Coll writes that the strikes are “effectively ...