Recent Articles

“Turmoil for Oil: Does the World Face an Era of Ultra-Low Prices?" , Global Policy, March 17, 2020


“The oil shock of 2020 appears to be here – and the pain could be wide and deep,” The Conversation, March 13, 2020


"Threats of Nuclear Conflict: A Global Review – Part 1”, with Thomas Graham Jr., Global Policy, October 31, 2019.


“What are Nukes for, if We Can’t Use Them?” ,Global Policy, September 10, 2019.


“Iran and Its Nuclear Situation,” Global Policy, July 29,2019


“How to Think about Fossil Energy: A Proposal,Global Policy, April 23, 2019


“Why the Saudis Want Nuclear Power—And Will Get It,” Global Policy, February 27, 2019


“Cheap oil is blocking progress on climate change,” The Conversation, December 12, 2018.


“Nuclear Fusion: A Non-Carbon Energy Source That’s Closer Than You Think,” Nov. 5, 2018


“A Non-Carbon Future: Part 2 – Analysing the Options,” Global Policy, Oct. 29, 2018


“A Non-Carbon Future: Part 1 – What are the Options?” Global Policy, Oct. 22, 2018


“Oil, History, and the South China Sea: A Dangerous Mix,” Global Policy, August 7, 2018.


Denuclearization: What does it Mean for the Korean Peninsula?” Global Policy, June 17, 2018.


The nuclear industry is making a big bet on small power plants,” The Conversation, June 7, 2018


Wealth and Needs,” Fusion in Europe, June 2018, 22-24.


Trump, Iran, Oil, and Power,” Global Policy, May 22, 2018.


What torching the Iran deal says about US commitment to nuclear security,” The Conversation, May 10, 2018.


The world’s nuclear energy watchdog: 4 questions answered,” The Conversation, May 4, 2018,


“Trump offshore drilling plan may be dead in the water ,” The Conversation, May 3, 2019.


Why nuclear fusion is gaining steam—again,” The Conversation, April 9, 2018,


“Energy and Health:  The Urgent Bond – Part 1,” Global Policy, April 6, 2018.


Nuclear energy can make a carbon-free future a reality,” Seattle Times, March 21, 2018.


“A Price We Pay: What the NRA and America’s Gun Debate are Really About,” Global Policy, March 13, 2018


“North Korea:  An Energy Portrait and Its Lessons,” Global Policy, February 5, 2018.


“Frac Talk:  Has the World Focused on the Wrong Controversy?Global Policy, January 9, 2018.


Opening the US Offshore:  A Bipartisan “No” with Bigger Meaning,” The Globe Post,

January 15, 2018


Why Americans will never agree on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” The Conversation, December 20, 2017.


Nuclear Power and Public Fear in the Era of Climate Change,” World Financial Review,

November 25, 2017.


“Global Energy Today:  The Asian Nexus,” Seattle Times, Newspapers in Education, November 12, December 6 and 13, 2017.


Islamic Sciences and India Connection,” Aramco World, with Alok Kumar. September- October 2017, p. 18-23.


Large-scale fracking comes to the Arctic in a new Alaska oil boom,” The Conversation, April 13, 2017.


What’s at stake in China’s claims to the South China Sea?The Conversation July 14, 2016.


Why We Should Defend the Enlightenment.” History Today, vol. 66, January 1, 2016, with Daniel Chirot


Reviving Islam’s Enlightenment.” Project Syndicate, July 3, 2015, with Daniel Chirot


It’s all about the Hamiltons.” The Conversation, June 24, 2015.


A high oil price might be a good thing for the world—here’s why,” The Conversation, October 27, 2014.


Recent Interviews

Recent InterviewsSeattle to Welcome a New Heavy Ice Cutter, KUOW, “The Record” with Bill Radke, June 12, 2019.
“What’s Driving Low Gas Prices? A Global Oil Glut,” Camila Domonoske, National Public Radio, January 17, 2019
“What happens if Trump Taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?”, CNBC, July 25, 2018.
“Oil Collapse in Venezuela,” Nezaivisimaya Gazeta, May 17, 2018,
“Iran Nuclear Deal—What are the Risks?” Q13 News, May 8, 2018, TV.
“Energy and Health: Issues and Connections,” Green Sense Radio, May 4, 2018.
“Opening ANWR to Oil Drilling,” Knowledge@Wharton, Wharton School of Business, December 21, 2017, Radio.
“Changing Minds about Nuclear Power,” World Nuclear News, January 4, 2018.
“The Arctic Road to Tuk and the Prospect of Beaufort Sea Drilling,” CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), November 19, 2017, TV. “Is the New Road Worth It, Given Ban on Arctic Drilling?” CTV Morning News, November 15, 2017, TV.
“The Iran Nuclear Deal: How Good Is It?” KOMO News, January 21, 2017, TV.
Previous topics:
Oil and Gas in the South China Sea
Iran Nuclear Deal
Fracking and U.S. Oil
Shell’s Well in the Chukchi Sea
Russia’s Role as Energy Superpower
Oil and Gas in Central Asia
Book: Seeing the Light: Making the Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century
Book: Chicago Guide to Communicating Science
Book: Shape of the New
Book: Does Science Need a Global Language
Alexander Hamilton and the $20 Bill
Darwin and Religion