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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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...

Who Cares If Russia Helps Stabilize Syria

September 28, 2015 Muscovite history offers up few examples of far-flung military adventurousness. Close to home, there’s of course the 2008 attack on Georgia and the more recent action in Ukraine, and, during the 1980s, full-fledged war in Afghanistan. Soviet combat jets helped Egypt in the 1973 Yom Kippur War; its tanks rolled...

The Other Group Looking Forward to the Era of the Iran Deal

July 14, 2015 A nuclear deal would lift a debilitating weight on Iran’s economy and—if Tehran so chose—improve relations with the rest of the world. It would have a dramatic impact in the US, too, allowing Americans—ifthey so chose—to begin the process of moving on from a 36-year-old confrontation with Tehran. But even...

America's New Approach to the Iran Negotiations

July 8, 2015 Critics say Iran has out-maneuvered the outside world for almost two years, winning concession after concession in nuclear talks while itself giving away little. If so, the US appears to have turned the tables at a key juncture in the final negotiating round. Members of the UN Security Council plus...

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History

June 9, 2015 In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power...

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