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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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Would Hillary Clinton Appoint a 'Team of Rivals'-Style Cabinet as President?

October 27, 2016 The aggregate polls tell us that Hillary Clinton is likely to decisively beat Donald Trump on Nov. 8 and become the United States’ next president. What they—and almost all analysts—fail to prescribe is how she will govern after a quarter-century of obstructionist partisan rancor and the ugliest national election in...

US Plans to Retaliate Against Russia’s Cyber-Hacking Campaign With a Hack that Putin Is Sure to Understand

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After three months of accusations that Russia is seeking to influence the U.S. presidential election with a cyber-hacking campaign, the U.S. is planning to strike back and send “a message” to Moscow with “the greatest impact.” In an Oct. 16 interview on the NBC show Meet the Press, Vice President...

Monday May Have Been the First Time Presidential Candidates Were Asked If They Will Honor the Election's Outcome

September 27, 2016 A major frustration for elections in under-developed countries is that the only party to accept the outcome is often the winner; the opposition stays in the streets and either gets crushed, or makes life difficult for the folks in power. In places like Pakistan and Afghanistan, the result is mayhem...

The Secret Service Has Spoken to the Trump Campaign About His Apparent Threat Against Clinton

August 11, 2016 The US Secret Service has had “more than one conversation” with Republican nominee Donald Trump or his aides about what has been widely perceived as an assassination threat against Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, according to CNN. In the conversations, Trump or campaign aides denied any threat of violence against...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Can Probably Defy the US Government All He Wants and Not Go to Jail

February 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Does Apple CEO Tim Cook risk going to jail by opposing the U.S. government request for help hacking into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone? Cook has said he’ll pursue the legal challenge as far as the U.S. Supreme Court. That sounds courageous, and his stand patriotic. But what he hasn’t...

Obama Taunts Republican Claims About the Islamic State Threat

January 13, 2016 President Barack Obama challenged the narrative of American decline in his final State of the Union address, and ridiculed the scare-mongering of Republican presidential candidates over ISIL, with their “over-the-top claims that this is World War III.” But even as Obama implicitly mocked critics who say he is soft and...

Putin is Accusing Turkey of Being an ISIS Ally—and He’s At Least Partly Right

November 24, 2015 The developing crisis over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane today (Nov. 24) worsened when Syrian opposition fighters shot down a Russian rescue helicopter searching for two airmen who parachuted out of the stricken jet. Turkish media reported that at least one and possibly both of the jet pilots are...

CIA Director Brennan: Paris Attacks Should Bring U.S. and Russia Closer

November 16, 2015 For years, gov­ern­ments in the Per­sian Gulf and the West alike, while dis­agree­ing on much, have been in ac­cord on one big thing—Syr­i­an lead­er Bashar al-As­sad is among the most hein­ous forces on the plan­et and has to go. But after the Is­lam­ic State at­tack on Par­is, he im­prob­ably seems...

CIA Director: Paris Attacks Should Bring US, Russia Closer

November 16, 2015 For years, governments in the Persian Gulf and the West alike, while disagreeing on much, have been in accord on one big thing—Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is among the most heinous forces on the planet and has to go. But after the ISIL attack on Paris, he improbably seems much...

The Military Will Try to Shut Down the Islamic State's Oil Fields

November 13, 2015 More than a year since the US started attacking ISIL’s oil-led financial network, American bombers are finally being used in an attempt to entirely shut down the fields. As early as last September, oil experts from the region said that the best way to stop ISIL’s estimated $40 million a...

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