Black Swans Fly In
Opinion

Black Swans Fly In

A black swan is slang for an unexpected event with large consequences. 2020 has brought us two so far: the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of oil prices. Each will have potent consequences for the Imperium Americanum. And there is a nest of black cygnets maturing. COVID-19 A new infectious disease was noticed in China…

Playing for Higher Stakes: Saudi Arabia Gambles on Oil War with Russia
Opinion

Playing for Higher Stakes: Saudi Arabia Gambles on Oil War with Russia

Saudi Arabia’s oil spat with Russia throws a spanner into the works of the Kingdom’s long-standing effort to hedge its bets, a strategy that has taken on added significance as the Gulf comes to grips with the likelihood that the region’s security architecture will fundamentally change. Saudi Arabia, despite a primary focus on close ties…