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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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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 ...

Inside the U.S. Push to Keep Kurdish Oil Under Baghdad's Watch

July 24, 2014 The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent ...

Here’s How the U.S. Could Maximize Its Sanctions on Russia

July 23, 2014 Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom. The natural gas behemoth spearheads Moscow’s economic and foreign policy abroad, but Europe is so reliant on ...