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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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No One Is Prepared to Stop the Robot Onslaught. So What Will We Do When It Arrives?

April 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You’ve heard about the robots—how they are on their way to vaporize the jobs of tens of thousands of bankers and brokers on Wall Street, in the City of London and in trading hubs around the world. How they are bent on inflicting similar mayhem in law and accounting firms,...

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Says One of the Top Threats to US Jobs Is “Not Even on Our Radar Screen”

March 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Automation is one of the biggest concerns of labor economists these days. But US president Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary thinks the threat that robots will replace whole classes of white- and blue-collar jobs is too remote to even think about. “I’m not worried at all” about job-stealing robots in the...

A Suspicious Death and Three Cyber Arrests Point to a New Twist in the US Election Hack

February 1, 2017 In the eerie world of international espionage, nothing of late has topped the official US accusation that Russian president Vladimir Putin plotted to put US president Donald Trump in power. Now, the tale has become even more salacious with the reported arrest of three Russian cyber experts, one of whom...

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...